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It didn’t take long for me to realize that there are basically 2 types of food grade buckets you can get for free from deli’s/restaurants. These are pickle buckets and frosting buckets. The pickle buckets obviously need to be cleaned and soaked to remove the pickle smell if you want to store food in them.
FireHouse Subs has a recipe to get rid of the pickle smell from their buckets and it works great, just know that if you have quite a few of them, then you will really go through the Murphy Oil soap.
Just rub the inside of the bucket well and let it set for a few hours. Can also be used for cleaning your bathroom.
When storing food in 5 gallon buckets, you want to look on the bottom of the bucket and make sure that the numbers in the triangle are either a 1, 2, 4 or a 5. The best being the “2”. Keep in mind that if you are using Mylar bags inside your bucket, you don’t HAVE to have food grade buckets. But if you want to be extra cautious , then look for a food grade bucket that is solid in color so light does not penetrate it and it’s marked with a 1, 2, 4 or 5. Most of the buckets you get from deli’s that make cakes and baked goods are #5 which is what I have most of. If you get pickle buckets, they should be in a #2 bucket, but you will have to get rid of the pickle smell. I found the best overall buckets to come from FireHouse Subs as they are #2, bright red and have a metal handle, so the $2 is a no brainer.
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