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A Frugal For Food Grade Buckets • The Prairie Homestead Source Hurricane

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I know of many other folks who are feeling this exact same way. Some of the very first steps in preparedness simply involve thinking . I picked up 50 more pounds of dry beans, 25 pounds of lentils, as well as some more canned goods this week. Many people use food grade, 5 gallon buckets to store grains and legumes. Some establishments have policies stating that all buckets must be thrown away (which is dumb, if you ask me ), but many places are more than happy to give their buckets away or pass them along for a small price.Look for more upcoming posts about preparedness and food storage.

We all need to do something to prepare for the future – not matter what it holds. Getting used buckets from our local bakery was a very practical and fiscally responsible way to go about it. However, there are tools (lid lifters) you can buy which help make the standard lids much easier to get into on a regular basis and this would be a better option for true frugality. I have a few bags of grain that need to be put into buckets. I asked at other places and was told their new policy is to recycle them.


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One salesman looked them up on their computer and all he could tell me was they were made from the same plastic that milk jugs are made from (not recycled milk jugs). So if they didn’t already have some sort of food in them, or they are marketed as food grade, beware.

We used them to grow veggies in our backyard when we lived in the city (potatoes, tomatoes, pepper, etc). They originally contained pickles so they still have quite a strong pickle smell. There are some things that just do not store well…brown rice, for example. I asked at the bakery in the grocery store and they were happy to give me some. I read that this is the purifier missionary’s take to 3rd world countries. I use almond & coconut flour, but have yet to find these in bulk sizes to be cost-efficient to store. I got abot 12 frosting and creme cheese 3 gal buckets with covers there is still a black rubbery seal in the cover. Keep in mind the brown rice is bad for long term storage as brown rice will go rancid. Oats work too as long as they come from a gluten free processor to ensure they are not contaminated.

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Whether a blizzard knocks out our power for a few days, or we experience a major natural or man-made disaster, we have decided that we want to be the ones who are able to help others, instead of needing help ourselves. I have started talking more about these topics and thinking through how we would stay warm, have water, or put food on the table if we were to be without electricity for an extended period of time. It’s a small step, but an important, and frugal one, towards being more prepared. The ones you purchase at the nursery are pretty but quite expensive. I had not considered using them for storage for rice and beans – it simply did not occur to me. That was our first inclination several years back when we started this lifestyle. It might take a little patience and “foot work” but it is so worth it!

We hope to collect another 50 – 5 gallon buckets this year for our maple collection next winter. Gamma seals can add up when you buy a bunch of them, even when purchased over time. I went to my local grocery store and they said that they reuse them. My only suggestion would be to ask the seller what was in the buckets. And, you need to use oxygen absorbers in the food so it doesn’t mildew, etc.

We often had something happening to our water supply for one reason or another.

We are also feeling the need to preparedness, too and have been stocking up in various ways. Apparently they are great for storing dried foods in, once you get the pickle smell out. Nice square containers with hinged lids for all kinds of storage. He gets us all the buckets and 55 gallon barrels we want for free. Some of the last buckets have had garlic in them (whew!) but we use those on the farm. Almost looks reuseable if tapped back on with a rubber mallot hammer. They can also be resealed as long as you have a flat surface, a hot iron, and a piece of cloth although you would need new oxygen absorbers after you opened the bag. The white rice and the oats are probably your most inexpensive options.

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I ended up only doing 7 shelves total opposed to the 9 on the plan.



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Note that you will screw two of the 1×4″ boards together at the base.

You can totally just do it to match the outside and skip this step for now. I placed nails on the outside perimeter and nails where the shelves were so it didn’t “bow” out the back if cans got shoved back there.

You could hand paint it or even spray paint it if you want!

It is fully supported by the wall on the left side and the refrigerator on the right side.

You could install a stopper on the floor or locking casters to prevent an accident. I don’t have anything on either side of my fridge no wall nothing…?

Basically you use more on the side not along the fridge or you make a lip at the same level as the underside of the fridge to brace against it. I also plan on using the “fuzzy” small furniture protectors around the bottom and top, so that the unit won’t scratch either my wall or my frig when it slides in and out. Do you think that this would work next to a built in stove?

Do you think that would work and not destroy your spices?

I may move w & d together and put skinny storage between washer and wall. I just need to find a few spare inches somewhere in our kitchen!

The wall on the opposite side of the fridge provides a lot of support. The most important thing we did for safety is putting the handle high above the reach of my children. They also have shown zero interest in the cabinet which helps a bunch. This would keep it from being pulled out to far as well as help it roll smooth. Thanks so much for sharing this great storage expansion idea. Thank you thank you for the instructions for how to make it. I didn’t know if pulling it in and out would end up making places where it rubbed. Let’s start by saying, have you see my little kitchen?

My measurements and “shopping list” will include supplies for 7 shelves so just pretend those other 2 aren’t there in the plan above. Build the “ladder” by screwing and/or nailing all boards together to make the main structure (shown in red on my diagram. I had lying around and got this pretty blue/green color that matches some of my kitchen decor. Fill any holes or cracks with paintable caulk or wood filler. Fill it with your canned goods, spices, or whatever and that’s it!

It really adds to my kitchen storage – my kitchen is very small too. So would this be a problem to the right of my fridge?

I see it toppling over as soon as my preschooler pulls it out far enough to no longer be sandwiched between the wall and fridge. Several measures have been taken to make sure this was as safe as possible for kids to be around. Also, the (4) casters have been placed to provide support and it actually stands up on its own when pulled out too far. They cannot, even if they tried, pull the cabinet out at all. I can assure you that my kids are perfectly safe regarding the cabinet as they cannot move it at all. I was just wondering if you have any problems with it scratching the side of your fridge.

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