Food Grade Buckets That Are Safe For Long Term Food Storage
Food Grade Buckets That Are Safe For Long Term Food Storage by Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
How To Identify Food Grade Buckets
“I know that for many, saving every penny possible is paramount, but when it comes to food grade buckets I think that going around begging for them at businesses that discard them is cost ineffective.”
That comment from one of our readers is prudent. I believe that the reference was towards the required efforts of thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing them for use, coupled with the risk of contamination if they are not entirely rendered “safe”.
Consider this: “Rendering a food grade bucket that has had food products in contact with the surfaces safe from bacterial growth can be iffy.”
While I am not discrediting those who seek out “used” food grade buckets from restaurants, grocery stores, bakery’s or other sources to be used for their own food storage preparedness, I do want to point out how to identify a bucket as “food grade”…
A food grade bucket will be clearly marked or branded as food grade. If the bucket is considered ‘food grade’ it will typically be marketed as such and / or labeled “Food Grade”, “Food Safe”, etc.. some wording to that effect.
Some food grade buckets or containers will be marked with a cup-and-fork symbol as an indicator. The symbol may be located on the bottom of the bucket-pail.
A food grade bucket may also be specifically marked as USDA approved, or FDA or NSF approved.
It’s best if they are opaque or mostly opaque (can’t see light through them) which is beneficial for long term food storage.
If you will be storing food directly in a plastic bucket or container, or if you will be using the container for drinking water, it is best to verify that the material is food-safe before you purchase.