Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tip for Buying Food Storage in Bulk

Do you buy your Food Storage in bulk sometimes? I do for a couple of reasons: it is less expensive to buy in bulk for items that I go through on a regular basis, I don't love canning food or mylar bagging it (though I have done it and it works out great), but I would rather just open my 25 or 50 pound bag, dump, seal, and put away! Yes, some may call this lazy, and I am so not offended if this is what you think. It is just easier for me to do bulk.
Anyway, on to the tip for buying in bulk:
Store your bulk food in a food grade bucket. Such as a 5 gallon or 6 gallon bucket. Then I like to use Gamma Lids. But you only need one Gamma Lid per product. And they come in several different colors so you can even *color coordinate your food! For example, you may have five buckets of wheat. Get one gamma lid for the current bucket of wheat you are working with and then the other four buckets you can seal tightly shut with the lid that comes with it. When you run out of wheat in your "currently using" bucket you will just dump wheat into that one from your "other four buckets" and you will never have to replace the gamma lid. 

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The left lid is a gamma lid. Once you seal the outside ring, the actual lid part twists easily on and's amazing!
(*Online the white gamma lid is sold, color variations are available in a Retail Store)

Also, here is a chart to help you know how much food will fit into your bucket:
PDF Link:

Container Size
Wheat, Beans, Rice, Sugar
Powdered Milk,
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

How do you like to store your bulk food storage?


Anonymous said...

What kind of plastic are these buckets made of? What number plastic? Are they BPA free? I was just wondering what to do about the 25lb bag of blanched almond flour I just ordered once it comes. Thanks

Cookin' Cousins said...

Great questions: They are all Food Grade Buckets. The Retail Stores have buckets that are #2 plastic. We are calling our vendor to get your other questions answered and we also sent your question to the E-commerce department to see what buckets they have. We will respond as soon as we have answers.

Aimee & Brennen Fuller said...

I LOVE the gamma lids. How did I ever survive without them?

Deborah Jennings said...

I store my bulk foods in the 5 gallon buckets. When we run out of, say flour, we open a bucket and fill up our gallon canister and then reseal the bucket. We do use the gallon glass jars as canisters. You can see what is in there, and how much.

Right now, I am looking to fill up a bucket with bulk bread flour. And one with cornmeal. I have gallon and half gallon jars of beans and rice. I am loving this Blog and the information it puts out to us.Thank you@

Chef Tess said...

What an awesome resource! Thank you for sharing this!

Cookin' Cousins said...
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Cookin' Cousins said...

The buckets sold in the store and online are supplied by the same vendor. They are BPA free and are #2 HDPE.

Anonymous said...

Are your No. 10 cans BPA free?

Anonymous said...

Are your no. 10 cans bpa free?

Cookin' Cousins said...

The #10 cans are not BPA free at this time.

Anonymous said...

I thought the #10 cans were metal?

Cookin' Cousins said...

Yep, you are correct. The #10 Cans are made from Tin.