Saturday, June 27, 2009

How much will fit in a 5 gallon bucket?

As you know, I like to store many of my dried foods in food grade 5-gallon buckets. I like this for several reasons:
  • You can get them either free or for really cheap from bakeries
  • I stack them up, numbered, and always know how much I have
  • It is easy to rotate them
  • With a mylar bag liner and gamma lid, it is airtight
I thought it might be helpful to post how much product will fit in each bucket. One 5-gallon bucket with a mylar liner will hold:

35-40 lbs. of dried beans

40 lbs of lentils or green peas

35 lbs. white sugar or salt (you don't want to use oxygen absorbers with sugar)

26-30 lbs of spaghetti

16 lbs of penne pasta

43 lbs of wheat berries

33 lbs of long grain white rice - very nice- (2) 50 lb bags fill 3 buckets

All of these amounts leave about 1.5 inches of headroom in the buckets when the mylar is vacuumed, sealed and the oxygen absorbers do their work.

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