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When I first got into prepping I was into the idea of super pails. These were 5-gallon buckets filled with dried food storage.
I bought them at a hefty price early on to assure my family had some options. The truth of the matter is you can make your own five-gallon buckets filled with food. It’s a serious space saver and offers some serious piece of mind.
With the inclusion of large Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers, you can even create your own long term food storage.
The Mylar bag is going to add a protective layer between the bucket and your food. These bags are an essential part of putting up long term food storage. That is the full story. They are sealed using heat and are pretty affordable.
Oxygen absorbers are another layer of protection for your food. These are sealed amongst your food, within the Mylar bag. Now you have a tight, protected environment and inside that environment, you have something that is sucking the oxygen up.
That means you are starving bacteria and bugs of just what they need to thrive.
How Much Food!
The amount of food you can store in a bucket varies greatly on the types of food you store and the size of Mylar bags you store in those buckets. But, there are really good resources, if you but search around, for finding specific lists of food that you can store in a 5-gallon bucket. To save you a bit of time here is one great resource for just that.
Now, more important than the quantity of food a 5-gallon bucket, how will you use that bucket. All 5-gallon buckets can hold a 5 gallon Mylar bag and that can be full and sealed within the bucket. Depending on the food type it can hold between 16-40lbs of food.
More importantly, you should consider what you do with 30lbs of food after you open a bucket. You should consider packing food in 1-gallon bags instead. You will have a better chance of using that food before it spoils.