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Old March 26th, 2020, 08:15 AM #1
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Emergency Food Storage

I'm looking for a durable bucket with lid or something similar to store a couple weeks worth of emergency food packages. I was thinking a 5 gallon bucket from lowes but I had one shatter. Any recommendations?
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If and when things settle down...bakeries in grocery stores and WalMRt and the like have a shitload of used ones. Just cozy up to the large older ladies that run the bakery... May or may not require you to frost a donut occasionally... ;-)

They’re all available on line at a little steeper price point.
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So, not sure if those buckets are BPA free.
5 gallon frosting buckets from a bakery are.

When it comes to food storage, buckets are to protect from having little critters getting to the food.
Any long term storage for bulk foods (rice, beans, etc...) Should be in mylar bags with an oxygen absorber packet.
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^^^^^^^^^^^This guy may or may not have frosted a few “donuts” in his day^^^^^^^^^^^^
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Most all delis and such have food grade buckets. Pickles especially coming 5 gallon buckets and eggs in 4 gallon square ones. Get some mylar bags off amazon and some o2 absorbers. Save rice, beans and other things you can add to meals. Sugar, salt, spices. Flour doesn't save well long term once the germ is ground. You can store wheat seed from the feed mill and have a grinder for it.
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If you do not mind the pickle smell, Firehouse subs sells their old buckets for a couple of dollars each.
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Tractor Supply has food grade buckets.
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Tractor Supply has food grade buckets.
We use these, with the screw on lids they also sell and which have the rubber ring around the top for a truly air- and water-tight seal. But, I imagine after so long the plastic buckets will also turn brittle.

So, “buy once cry once”: https://www.pelican.com/us/en/products/cases
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If you are putting together buckets that you will be getting in and out of frequently, gamma seal lids work great. I bit pricey but worth it.

For getting brittle, i have a dozen buckets purchased at Lowes and such that are over 10 years old and stored full in the basement. They all look brand new, and are not brittle.
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