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Here's a little 'sizzle' to go with that 'steak', lol!


If you're new to stocking your pantry, here are a couple of a must-see-learn-a-lot kinda places, to help you get started...plus excellent info about packing food in buckets, oxygen absorbers and other methods of keeping foods fresh for a long time.






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Hey, I can get a few buckets a week from work however, they are dill pickle buckets. Does anyone have a good idea for quickly removing the pickly smell? I'm not so hungry for pickled oatmeal and what have you:?)

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Onepoormomma.....It takes some time but the smell can be neutralized. Here is an exerpt from the first link below (Bucket???) [bTW...is that PANCAKES on your bunny's head????? laughkick ]



LOL @ the garlic flavoured something. You can try bleach & water & sit them in the sun. Sometimes scrubbing with vinegar & baking soda helps as well, but it will be a difficult smell to get out.



I agree with Kayla. I start with a good washing; move to the bleach water in our intense sun ...for a week or more. Then I pour in baking soda if there is any more smell. This was in pickle buckets. Garlic.... Hmmm, maybe the wheat you intend to turn into garlic bread?





Here are a few former threads about packing in buckets.....



1) "Bucket???"




2) "Food Safe Container Marking"



3) "Beans And Rice Storage"




4) "Quick review" (about food safe containers)




5) "Packing Buckets"





MtRider [love free buckets....even if I have to clean them!!! dishes ]


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Thanks for the links. I ended up ordering mylar bags and oxygen absorbers from www.usaemergencysupply.com. I ordered both the bags for 5 gal buckets and the 1.5 gallon bags. I'm trying to keep a supply of things that would easily be portable to give to family to get them started. How long can you anticipate food lasting that has been sealed in mylar bags?


I have ordered the starter kit from the LDS site and felt it was a good value since everything was sealed and it should last 30+ years.



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Wow, thank you Cajun & Stephanie! Once again this site ranks 100% for having exactly what I needed! I'll be studying buckets & grain for many hrs. We've never done this.


Question: Hubby wants to get galvanized metal garbage cans for dry storage-- I told him you all used buckets-- he said "but what about mice/rats?"


Do you have problems with mice chewing into plastic buckets?

Thanks so much.

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I've never had problems with mice and buckets. I used to do this in the early 1990's, had buckets for about 6 years and never noticed mice -- and some of my buckets were stored outside on pallets under a lean-to for a while. i think the plastic is too thick for mice (if you get the heavy duty buckets), plus the gasketed seal means they don't smell like food.


Buckets are nice, because they're much more portable. And if you use one of the fancy new gamma seals, you can have buckets you're eating from because they open so nicely but still seal.


I'd consider using galvanized metal garbage cans, but first the food would have to be sealed in food grade bags with oxygen absorbers or a good vacuum seal. Edited to add: This is because air spoils food. Buckets can be sealed air-tight, but galvanized cans cannot be sealed.


I would think buckets are handier though.




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Because the metal trash cans usually can't be sealed very tightly, bugs (tiny weevils, pantry moths, ants, etc.) can find their way inside...and do more damage than you'd think possible. The whole lot can be lost due to things like fungal contamination of dead bug bodies, etc.


If rodents might be a problem, consider traps, poison, etc...especially in places where the rodents are particularly numerous or 'goal oriented'. If the bucket lids are NOT the kind that have the rubber seal, the rodents can readily smell the foodstuff and may be more determined to get inside.

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Originally Posted By: kyles mom
Where can I find mylar bags and oxygen absorbers?

For mylar bags and oxygen absorbers, my favorite supplier is Sorbent Systems.

These folks have great prices on mylar bags. Because they sell both food grade and non-food grade mylar bags, note the bag sizes and food/non-food applications before ordering!

They also have good prices/tutorial on oxygen absorbers


Sorbent Systems is the online presence of IMPAK Corporation
2460 East 57th St
Los Angeles, CA 90058

Voice: 323-277-4700
Fax: 323-277-9400


This company has food grade buckets and lots more. Good prices, especially after discounts. (for the larger discounts, co-op with other folks to get bucket/lid combos for less than $5 each set!)


Phone: 1-800-809-4217
Fax: 1-800-854-5498

1390 Neubrecht Rd.
Lima, Ohio 45801-3196


Pails and lids are made of high-density polyethylene and meet FDA

August 2008 prices:

Item # 2286 White 5 Gallon Bucket with Plain Lid Each $6.98

Qty 20: 15% off; Qty 120: 35% off;


Here's a sanity saver: The Lid Remover!


Item # 2294 White Plastic Lid Remover Each $4.54
Qty 18: 5% off; Qty 36: 10% off; Qty 108: 15% off

#2295 Metal Lid Remover Each $6.79
Qty 10: 5% off; Qty 20: 10% off; Qty 60: 15% off


The famous 'Gamma Seals'


1859 White Gamma Seals™ (also comes in other colors)
Each $7.28
Qty 8: 5% off; Qty 16: 10% off; Qty 48: 15% off;

Hmmm? A cheaper alternative to gamma seals?


#10055 Saver Lid™
Each $1.13
Qty 50: 5% off; Qty 100: 10% off; Qty 300: 15% off;

The Saver Lid works with any 5 gallon pail. Protect your contents from the environment with easy snap-on and snap-off polyethylene lids. Made of rugged plastic and will withstand reuse. Guards against leakage, spillage, contamination, and skimming.

And since we're talking up buckets...check this out... bucket organizers! I would not use this in a food bucket (outgassing of harmful non FDA approved plastics), but it would come in handy for other storage solutions! Prices run $3.45 for the 2 1/2" deep ones, to $5.45 for the 4 1/2" deep ones.

Here's what they say:

Add these great little trays to your 3 1/2 or 5 gallon buckets to organize small parts. Order additional trays for even more organization. Dividers can be added to the 2 1/2" tray to give more organizational options.



As a solution for water containers...this looks pretty good.

They also have FDA approved (food and water use) stackable containers. I don't know how high they can be stacked, but they say: "designed for dense palletizing and stacking."


#75051 2.5 Gallon Container with 51mm Cap, 12.2"H x 7.7"W x 9.1"L
Each $7.59
Qty 6: 5% off; Qty 12: 10% off; Qty 36: 15% off;

#75052 5 Gallon Container with 61mm Cap, 14"H x 10.3/8"W x 11.1/8"L
Each $8.23
Qty 6: 5% off; Qty 12: 10% off; Qty 36: 15% off;

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Does anyone see these on the website? i can't find them...

Hmmm? A cheaper alternative to gamma seals?





#10055 Saver Lid™

Each $1.13

Qty 50: 5% off; Qty 100: 10% off; Qty 300: 15% off;




The Saver Lid ™ works with any 5 gallon pail. Protect your contents from the environment with easy snap-on and snap-off polyethylene lids. Made of rugged plastic and will withstand reuse. Guards against leakage, spillage, contamination, and skimming.

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Here you go, Stacy. Whew, I had to go in circles with their Search to get to it too.





These look pretty interesting...since the gamma lids are so expensive. They'd be great in a rodent-secured location. NOT for my garage storage tho.



Thanks for the tip, PCS!




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I was trying too! And actually got to that site but couldn't find the lids! Good job on that search Mt_Rider! clap


They are cheaper...but...they're not air proof are they?? I thought the gamma seals were airproof? maybe I was mistaken about that....hmmmmm...need to investigate.

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The gamma seals have a gasket. So I assume they are air & water proof. However there's no vacuum seal and putting oxygen absorbers in there would defeat the purpose of having a special lid that you can open whenever you want to get things out of....



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Hey, all, here's a question for you. I put my food - beans, rice, and oats, in buckets this weekend. First, into mylar with an oxygen absorber (actually, two), then I used my vacuum sealer to suck most of the air out for an added measure. Then into my buckets with gasket seals, which in a few hours were sucked down tight, telling me all the air is gone... But my oatmeal looked a little light - not quite webby, but like there may be some moth eggs in there and may in the future hatch out... should I freeze them even though they are stored in the absence of oxygen? I'm not sure if the lack of oxygen is enough to eliminate the viability of the eggs, if there are any. It may have been my imagination.

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I forgot to mention, I've noticed this on some online ordering sites, if you just plug in the item number into the search box, you will instantly have the right page for that item. For the site I gave, http://www.usplastic.com the search box is located in the upper right corner of every page on their site.


Tip: type in the item number only, without symbols or text.


Example: 2294 will bring you the lid remover page.

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