I like to store some of my dried foods in food grade 5-gallon buckets. I like this for several reasons:
- You can get them either free or for really cheap from bakeries
- They are easy to inventory
- With a Mylar bag liner and lid with gaskets, they are airtight for long-term storage.
- We use 5-gallon buckets with gamma lids to store products like flour and beans that we use everyday.
One 5-gallon bucket with a Mylar liner capacity:
- 35-40 lbs. of dried beans
- 40 lbs of lentils or green peas
- 35 lbs. white sugar or salt (you don’t want to use oxygen absorbers with sugar)
- 26-30 lbs of spaghetti
- 16-20 lbs of penne pasta
- 35-37 lbs of wheat berries
- 33-36 lbs of long grain white rice – very nice- (2) 50 lb bags fill 3 buckets
- 30 lbs powdered milk
This leaves about 1.5 inches of headroom in the buckets when the Mylar bag is sealed with the oxygen absorbers.
One of our readers, Matt, sent us some pictures of the new food grade buckets from Lowe’s with gasketed lids.
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