Food grade 5 gallon buckets can be a very useful tool for your long-term food storage. In fact, whole grains and other foods can have be stored safely for about five years when properly stored in buckets. These buckets can hold a lot. The term “properly stored” is very important and should be paid attention to – packing food into a food grade bucket and putting on a lid is not “proper storage.”
You can buy them new or clean used 5 gallon buckets.
Here’s important information to help you use 5 gallon buckets to store food long term.
Food Storage Basics – Preventing Spoilage and Pests
There are some important things to know about preventing spoilage and pests from destroying your stored food.
Long-Term Food Storage
Learning the hard way about weevils, oxygen absorbers and dry ice.
Vacuum and Nitrogen Packing
Mother Earth News tells us how to store grain and dry goods for years by keeping them in plastic bags filled with nitrogen and placing these bags inside plastic tubs or metal cans.
Long Term Food Storage – Baking with 25 Year Old Wheat
This is a testimony to how well grain can be stored in five gallon buckets! 25 year old wheat is ground and made into bread.
Where to Get 5 Gallon Buckets
Before you shop for buckets you must know the difference between food grade and non-food grade plastic buckets. You don’t want to use non-food grade buckets unless you are going to use sealed mylar bags to hold your foodstuff. Here is a discussion of food grade vs. regular 5 gallon buckets. Here you will find a discussion of where to buy food grade buckets and where to get them for free.
There are important things to remember but when it is broken down like I have done here, it is not too difficult for anyone to use these proven methods and safely store food in 5 gallon buckets. When I saw the post on the 25 year old wheat, it made a believer out of me, that long-term really does mean a long time!