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#1 of 8 Old 11-04-2007, 11:50 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Okay, I would like to buy flours, sugar, other dry ingredients in bulk. I have been looking and looking for buckets to store the food. (This has been much harder than I expected!)

I want to store the food in my garage, and want to avoid getting any bugs. I don't want to beg for pickle buckets or spend $250 per bucket. I am thinking about these : http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/pro...duct%5Fid=9715

Do those look okay? Is there something better? A safer plastic or something? How many of these buckets do you think I will need per 25 or 50 lb bag of flour.

Help! I am bucket overwhelmed! :
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My sister buys all her grains for baking bread in large quantities like that. She stores them in large 5 gallon buckets in the basement and hasn't had any problems. Her basement is a bit damp/musty. Can't you buy empty 5 gallon buckets from Home Depot, Lowe's or even a rest. supply store? You could save on shipping.
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I just called my sister and she said she can fit about 40-45 pounds in a 5 gallon bucket.
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I just called my sister and she said she can fit about 40-45 pounds in a 5 gallon bucket.

Cool! That really helps!

I guess my question would be - the buckets at someplace like Home Depot aren't going to be food safe right???
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Cool! That really helps!

I guess my question would be - the buckets at someplace like Home Depot aren't going to be food safe right???
I think a 5 gallon bucket is a 5 gallon bucket. Someone feel free to correct me. Do you have a local bakery in your area? You could ask them if you could have their empty 5 gallon buckets. I think frosting and filling comes in them.
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There is a difference between a Home Depot bucket and a food safe bucket. Especially for storing, I would try the food safe route. You might try checking for a resturant supply store in your area. I also think calling a bakery for a used frosting buckets is a good idea. A friend of mine did that. They we're free but she had to wash out the old frosting.

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You can check the plastic number on the bottom of the bucket - I bought some from the farm supply store that were food safe.

Also, for ease of use, you might want to look into getting some gamma seals. They make opening/closing so much easier. Not sure who has the best price, but this is what I'm talking about:

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=266012
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