Thursday, October 7, 2010

Food Storage Containers

      One of the most often asked questions is, "I just purchased....what size container will I need to store it in?" So here is one of my most favorite handouts Honeyville has! It will show you exactly how much product is stored in what size container. Now you just have to figure out what size containers you want to store in your home. Each family is different, living quarters different, size different...so it all comes down to preference and what is convenient for you. In my family we have chosen to store the most frequently used product in 6 gallon buckets (sugar, flour, oats, wheat & rice). I have put a Gamma Lid on the bucket that we are currently using for easy access. The excess buckets have the white lids that come with the bucket that you have to pry off with a tool and that break your finger nails!!! Then when the "currently used" bucket is empty, we just dump a bucket of new product in so we can always have easy access to the product. 
Product that I wanted stored in smaller amounts I have put in #10 cans and store under my bed or in closet's (beans, pasta, jello, etc...)
I took some random pictures of what I just explained to help give you a visual. Hope this helps a little!                                                                                         
Container Size
Wheat, Beans, Rice, Sugar
Powdered Milk,
Flour
Potato Flakes, Oatmeal,
6 Grain
#10 Cans
5.72 pounds
4.2 pounds
2.98 pounds
1/2 Gallon PETE
3.5 pounds
2.5 pounds
1.5 pounds
1 Gallon   PETE
7 pounds
5 pounds
3 pounds
1.25 Gallon
9.75 pounds
6.25 pounds
3.75 pounds
3.5 Gallons
24.5 pounds
17.5 pounds
10.5 pounds
4 Gallons
30 pounds
20 pounds
13 pounds
5 Gallons
35 pounds
25 pounds
15 pounds
6 Gallons
45 pounds
27 pounds
17 pounds






























 






As you see below....I have a Yellow Gamma Lid for Sugar. I put some masking tape on the top to remind me which product it is. If you aren't quite sure what a Gamma Lid is, see in the picture how it just screws on and off? It is super easy! Once the sugar is gone, I will fill this bucket up so that I will never have to get rid of this bucket/gamma lid.







Here is what my excess buckets look like. The good ole lid
that breaks the finger nails and you have to pry off with a tool. 


#10 Cans stacked up in my closest. Didn't want to store my fruits & veggies in 6 gallon buckets.

Have fun organizing your food storage! 



9 comments:

guspapa001 said...

Do the Gamma lids maintain control of humidity, (I will be adding O2 absorbers) and for how long?

guspapa001 said...

How do you organize your foods by color / category? I will be putting all my spices in Red looking for suggestions for what the other colors can be used for

Thanks, Mike

guspapa001 said...

How long can white rice be stored for in buckets with gamma lids? (leaving unopened with 02 absorbers)

guspapa001 said...

How long will oats store for? I am buying in 25# bags and am not sure what the best method of storage would be

guspapa001 said...

How long will oats store for? I am buying in 25# bags and am not sure what the best method of storage would be

Cookin' Cousins said...

Whatever color reminds you of that food. For example: for some reason green reminds me of rice (don't know why, but I would put rice with a green gamma lid), sugar or flour in a white gamma, and beans with a red lid, etc... it's silly, but so much easier when I get into my pantry!

Cookin' Cousins said...

White Rice will last 15-30 years depending on storage conditions. Brown rice is only 6 months-1 year because of the oils in it.

Cookin' Cousins said...

Oats....when sealed in a #10 can you are good for 15-20 years. In bulk or buckets it's only 1-2 years depending on storage conditions.

Cookin' Cousins said...

Great question on Gamma Lids and humidity....We are doing some research and will get back to you if we find an answer.