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Food Grade Buckets and Why You Need Them

I see a lot of discussion about storing food in plastic five-gallon buckets and whether or not they are food grade.  This is a topic that concerns me.  There is a lot of misinformation being spread on this subject.

A wide spread rumor is that having the recycling number 2 in the small triangle on the bucket means it is food grade.  This does not mean that it is food grade.  It just refers to how the bucket needs to be recycled.

Many people feel that if they store food in Mylar Bags inside the buckets the food will be unaffected.…

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How Much Food Will Fit in a 5 Gallon Bucket?

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 buckets with gamma lids to store products like flour and beans that we use everyday.

One 5-gallon bucket with a mylar liner will hold:

  • 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.…

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Food Grade Buckets

I see a lot of discussion about storing food in plastic five-gallon buckets and whether or not they are food grade. This is a topic that concerns me.  There is a lot of misinformation being spread on this subject.

Having a recycling number of 2 in the small triangle on the bucket does not mean that it is food grade.  It just refers to how the bucket needs to be recycled.

Many people feel that if they store them in Mylar Bags inside the buckets the food will be unaffected.  To the best of my knowledge, this is correct, but I still feel there is an advantage to using food grade buckets.…

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Food Grade Plastic Containers

Lately I have heard a lot of discussion about food grade plastic buckets.  There seems to be a feeling among many people that any bucket marked with the recycling number 1, PETE or PET are food grade.  This is erroneous.  The determining factors include the various chemicals used to release the buckets from the molds and the type of coloring.

Another thing that I have often heard is that it doesn’t matter if they are food grade if you use mylar bags.  The problem with this is that you never know what you may have to use those buckets for in the future. …

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