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Old 02-11-2012, 12:11 AM
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Just wanted to let everyone know Lowe's has the 5 gallon food grade bucket in stock atm for 3.97 right now. Not a bad price. They are marked food grade. If you dont mind cleaning used buckets hit up Kroger or another grocery store for some free ones. I got 3 5g and 3 2g at Krogers tonight from the bakery. Just ask if they have any empties they are planning on throwing out. Walmart bakery will give them to you for free also in my area if you show up towards the end of the day ( around 8pm) for me. Don't spend alot of money on these items if you don't have too
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I have been getting them for years now, and have even stockpiled a good supply of buckets and lids. Just in case.
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I recently was given 10 5 gallon buckets from my local Walmart bakery.

I just got through filling them with wheat, corn, pasta, salt and pinto beans.

So far, I have found that 100 lbs of wheat will fill 3.25 buckets.

50 lbs of pinto beans will fill 2 buckets.

I need about 10 lbs of salt to add to 25lbs making 35lbs of salt to fill 1 bucket.

2, 6 lb spiral pasta bags filled one bucket. Disclaimer: I'm not sure how practical it is to store this form of pasta due to its composition.

I need about 5lbs more corn per bucket to fill them after putting 25 lbs in each. Probably takes about 30 lbs of corn per 5 gallon bucket.

Since I bought 250 lbs of wheat, I will have to get 5 more buckets and bags.
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There are a lot of good sources for cheap/free buckets. It just takes a little detective work sometimes.

Ice cream shops, bakeries, and donut shops often get their fruits, syrups and flavorings, jams, frostings and fondants in buckets. Though they're going to bags with some of the products now.

Fast food places, delis, and sandwich shops get pickles and other stuff in them too. But it can be a pain to get the pickle smell out. Firehouse Subs will sell you pickle buckets for $2 and part of that is donated to a charity that supports firemen.

Supermarket bakeries are usually a good source. But someone always seems to beat me to those.
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There are a lot of good sources for cheap/free buckets. It just takes a little detective work sometimes.

Ice cream shops, bakeries, and donut shops often get their fruits, syrups and flavorings, jams, frostings and fondants in buckets. Though they're going to bags with some of the products now.

Fast food places, delis, and sandwich shops get pickles and other stuff in them too. But it can be a pain to get the pickle smell out. Firehouse Subs will sell you pickle buckets for $2 and part of that is donated to a charity that supports firemen.

Supermarket bakeries are usually a good source. But someone always seems to beat me to those.
Go everyday. I put my name(middle only) on a list for a specific amount.
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The ones I bought are food grade products. I had them checked by our labs. The price is really good. the only other thing you need is gamma lids and mylar bags.
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I just buy the orange buckets at home depot for 2.60 and lids for 1.30 or so...They are stamped #2 on the bottom and since everything is packed in mylar I don't worry.
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Go everyday. I put my name(middle only) on a list for a specific amount.
They already had an arrangement with someone who picked them up weekly. Probably a small business of some kind that uses the buckets. Painters maybe? I don't know. But it's been that way for many years here. I do have good luck in other places though.
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The ones I bought are food grade products. I had them checked by our labs. The price is really good. the only other thing you need is gamma lids and mylar bags.
Gasketed lids are cheaper than Gamma Lids. Doesn't make sense to put a Gamma on every bucket you store when you can just snap one on only the buckets that you open.
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