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Old 01-21-2011, 02:47 PM
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Is anyone using two liter soda bottles for storing dry goods such as rice, beans, wheat etc? They must be food grade and the plastic seems quite sturdy. How would you clean them and seal them after filling?
Seems like a good use for empty bottles.
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i like to use 2 liters for jug fishing, never used them for storage
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I've seen them used for things like salt or sugar. As long as they were properly cleaned and throughly dried out I don't think they'd be that bad.
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They could always be used for water too.
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Or rice! Perhaps?
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I use 2-liter bottles for dry food storage all the time - and they work great!!!

I buy rice, beans, salt, sugar and other things in bulk. Some go into 5-gal buckets with mylar bags and o2 absorbers....and some goes into the 2-liter bottles.

What I do is clean them thoroughly with dish soap and hot water...then I sanitize them with the stuff I use when making beer. Then I dry them 100% before even thinking of putting anything in them...

Once dry, I fill them up 1/2 way with whatever - put in a desicant and then fill the rest all the way up. I put a lable on the bottle and put on shelf.

I also put drinking water in 2-liters (with a few drops of bleach)...rotate them out every 6 months.
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They could always be used for water too.
Thats what I use them for.
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Seems reasonable to me, although esthetically I prefer glass. I use the jars that spaghetti sauce comes in. They are like canning jars.

We must eat a lot of spaghetti because I have lots of them. Some with drill bits, or screws or nails; and some with food. (We might have hex nut soup around here one of these days . . .)
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I've been reading this thread with interest and after doing a bit of research, I came across what looks to me to be a pretty smart method of using 2 liter, 3 liter etc bottles for storage of dry food stuffs.

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Help me understand if I am reading this correctly, are you saying you put in an oxygen absorber once the bottle is half way full...and then fill the rest of the way?
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So far, I have only used them for water. I wash them out with dish soap and hot water then a few drops of bleach, then rinse a couple of times then fill.

Been thinking of trying a few bottles for rice and stuff but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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I prefer juice bottles, wider mouth. Good for everyday use...
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Do you use oxygen absorbers? If so what is your process?
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I've been reading this thread with interest and after doing a bit of research, I came across what looks to me to be a pretty smart method of using 2 liter, 3 liter etc bottles for storage of dry food stuffs.

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I have used juice bottles for the past 4 years. Rice and lentils go into the deep freeze for two or three weeks. Then out for a day or two and then bottle up. I don't put anything like oxygen absorbers or desiccants. This has worked for me for 4 years without problem. I don't expect to need any for longer. I just started trying the same method for pasta and macaroni. I keep all under beds in the house. No bugs or problems with taste. I just finished the last of 2008 and just made rice last night with Jan 09. Sometimes I think some people go overboard on this stuff. Now I would not put everything in juice bottles. Beans, soups, veggies, meats and fruits are pressure canned now while energy is cheaper and available. We also keep a lot of pickled eggs.
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Why do you freeze them like that? Why don't you use oxygen absorbers? I'm new to this so I'm just trying to understand the reasoning for why or why not to do something. Thanks.
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O2 absorbers are really the best way to go for long term storage. O2 degrades the nutrition of food, even if it still tastes fine. But plastic of any kind is not a great long term O2 barrier. The plastic that soda bottles are made from is probably the best of the plastics, but mylar bags have a metal layer that is the actual O2 barrier.
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I use them for medium storage. As noted the juice bottles have a wider mouth. They should be clear and have a PET triangle logo imprinted in small letters on the bottom (usually). I have used O2 absorbers, but even without they will last a long time and are much better than most store packaging as far as pests go. I use them for everyday storage and will probably use them up first before I go to the mylar in buckets and the LDS # 10 cans. After that who knows?
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Mike,

If you used a 2 liter bottle would you fill it half way then drop in the oxygen absorber and then fill the rest of the way?
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And how do you define long term storage for that scenario? 10 years? Longer?
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