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5 Gallon Buckets: the Ultimate Airtight Storage Containers (link)

Who doesn’t love 5-gallon buckets? I certainly do, and I’m beginning to wonder if I have a slight fetish for them. ;) After all, they’re so darn useful! Here’s the first part of the post:

“I challenge you to think of a better airtight storage container than a 5 gallon bucket. They are the perfect size for nearly anything that needs to be stored secure from oxygen and moisture.

If a container is airtight, it’s also watertight. That’s a key factor because water is often more damaging than air. Too much moisture causes mold for instance, which ruins more than just food! I’ve seen a sleeping bag completely ruined by mold. Properly stored in an airtight 5 gallon bucket, that expensive sub 0 sleeping bag may still be usable today.”

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6 comments to 5 Gallon Buckets: the Ultimate Airtight Storage Containers (link)

  • Love these, I’ve been storing my dry foods for several years now.

  • And if you get them in different colors it makes bucket identification that much easier.

  • Calling HDPE (high density poly-ethylene) buckets “air tight” is not altogether accurate. Providing you have the proper sealing gasket it might be air tight in the short term. In the long term (3+/- years), HDPE is NOT a gas/moisture barrier. Find out from the manufacturer what the gas transmission rates are for any given mil thickness bucket. Parity of inside and outside gas percentages with be reached over time. Also, HDPE DOES absorb strong odors.

    • Yeah, I agree, though, I did see a chart some time ago that listed how effective an oxygen barrier various materials were and HDPE was still pretty darn good… here’s a link I just found comparing various plastic polymers: http://www.faybutler.com/pdf_files/HowHoseMaterialsAffectGas3.pdf. Anyway, that’s why they never say to store long term foods in these buckets (used #10 cans or mylar w/o2 absorber) but for only a few years I wouldn’t have a problem with it at all.

  • I think I have a bucket fetish too! They can just do so much!

  • Love the Gamma lids. So easy.