As I was about to store some foods in 5 gallon buckets a few days ago I started really thinking about when the time came to use the foods. I am currently only storing foods for 4 people. With that in mind, I would conceivably only be cooking these foods for 4 people. I do not want to have to have 10 or 15 buckets opened at one time to make meals. So I decided to use 1 gallon mylar bags and fill each bucket with sets of different ingredients. The first 5 buckets have the following inside: Corn, beans, rice, red winter wheat, steel cut oats and 1 lb of green coffee beans in seperate one gallon mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. The next 5 buckets have: sugar, salt, garlic powder, black pepper and brown sugar leaving the oxygen absorbers out of the salt and sugar of course. The next 5 buckets have: powdered eggs, powdered milk, baking soda, cream of tarter and dark baking cocoa. You see where this is going? Now that each bucket contains 5 different items I can now have only 3 or 4 open at one time and have many different ingredients to chose from. The next 5 buckets will include different spices and the next 5 will be types of drink mixes, coffee and more tea. I realize I am giving up some space by putting foods away in this manner but I really don't want to have a 5 gallon bucket of just rice staring at me and then another 5 gallon bucket of beans and another of wheat. I really feel this is a much more effective way for my family to store our long term foods.