I wanted to add to your great post, that I found a place called Sorbentsystems.com that sell mylar bags wholesale. They're the manufacturer. They sell the bags that fit into 5-6 gal. buckets(of course you can use them in any size bucket) starting at 1.48 each. I bought 150 (with my ward) for 1.08 each plus .22 each for shipping. A much better deal than Emergency Essentials. They also sell the oxygen packets. Great people to work with. Hope this helps someone
I've tried every grocery and bakery around here and they all tell me no. Not a one will sell or give away buckets. Finally I got a manager to tell me why...yanno that "caution" label printed on the side with the baby falling in the bucket? Thats why. This guy told me that it's store policy to destroy buckets to avoid a lawsuit if something were to happen with a bucket they gave away. This is insane, but what I found out. I get the occational pickle bucket from a place 20 minutes away but that's it. We order ours from emergency essentials. Great buckets but I'd prefer free, lol.
Be careful, pickle buckets will flavor your foods :o) My parents had a used pickle bucket for years, and it STILL smells like pickles.
Great Tip! A lot of restaurants also use these types of buckets and will often give them away for free before they throw them out.
Great tip--thank you! Where do you get your oxygen packs? Emergency Essentials?
I have heard that you need to put dry ice in the bottom of the bucket for wheat. If I only store it for a year and rotate through it, would I need to do that or can I just put the bags of wheat in the freezer for a while (how long?) to kill anything before I put it in the bucket? Any help woudl be great. Thanks.
I get my buckets from a sub shop, Firehouse Subs. $2 for bucket and lid which is then paid to the Firehouse Foundation that aids fire departments. While the buckets do smell like pickles, leaving them outside for several days and thoroughly cleaning them eliminates the smell. The food (rice and dried beans) is sealed in a foodsaver bag; I've never had anything taste like pickles and this includes the sugar which is just stored in a gallon baggie.I have also seen the buckets for sale at Walmart but I am not sure if they are food grade or not.Lastly, one might want to check a feed and seed store. One near me has large barrels with screw top lids which we use for rainwater catching. These big barrels can also be used to store large quantities of anything!Hope that helps.
CJF, I meant to comment on your questions. All my rice, beans, sugar and flour are put into the freezer for 24 hours or longer before they are stored in buckets. I've been doing this for 5 years now with no problems (bugs, mold, etc).
thanks for the great idea about using the buckets! I called my local grocery bakery and they said they would save as many as I'd like - for FREE! What a perfect idea!!! you're awesome!
how many of us are researching, and expediting long term, large scale food storage due to a spinetingling feeling something big is coming? Not tyin to be crazy, i'm just sayin.
Like a splinter in your mind. You know something is coming but you just can't put your finger on it. I know the feeling. Better to be prepared.
Thanks for all the great tips. Something is definetly coming so don't forget to say a prayer or two everyday.
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