I've posted about using jars in the pantry, using buckets for food storage (and here), long-term food storage (and more on that here!), so I guess I'll stick with the "pantry theme" and share some pictures from when we bucketed our wheat a few weeks ago! Maybe next week, I'll actually have pictures of my "pantry"! :)
We didn't start taking pictures until we were actually almost done putting our wheat into buckets. It was quite a job, actually! It took Joshua and me the whole morning almost!
We were filling 10 buckets -- a few 6-gallon buckets and the rest 5-gallon buckets.
This is what the Mylar bag looked like: Silvery on the outside (aluminum, I think) and white on the inside (some sort of plastic; I'm real scientific, I know).
I ordered ours from Sorbent Systems, which was the best price I could find. (Go to this page and scroll down to the bag that says "5 or 6 gallon pail liner" which are $1.35 each.) Aside from a slightly confusing shopping cart (I ended up doing the manual order form), their service was excellent. They were out of stock for the bags I ordered and offered a higher-quality replacement bag of similar dimensions, which I accepted. Our order arrived a week later.
I ordered oxygen absorbers from the same company. I got the 2000cc absorbers, so I got one for each bucket I was planning to do.
The video I linked to above described how to use a Food Saver (instead of a clothes iron) to seal the Mylar bags, by sealing each corner, cutting off extra bag, and then sealing the top. We found it worked best to seal the corners first, then fill the bag, and just seal the top last.
Some of our finished buckets! We filled the bags, stuck one oxygen absorber (2000cc) down inside, and then sealed the tops. The oxygen absorber made the bag shrink down around the grain so that it looked like it was vacuum-sealed. Then we tucked the bag down and snapped the lids on the buckets.
I labeled each bucket and then Joshua used his strong muscles to carry all 10 heavy buckets up to our bedroom for storage. (We have some other wheat which isn't sealed up which we are using first. The sealed buckets are for longer-term storage -- wheat we won't be using in the next 6 months or more.)
It was more work than we expected! In the end we were very glad that we had only decided to tackle 10 buckets to begin with. We plan to do 10 more buckets in the future, but not just wheat. Any suggestions? We're thinking sugar, quinoa, beans, corn, and rice.
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