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Old 07-04-2007, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default Cheap Food Grade Buckets!

I picked up a 3 gallon and 5 gallon food grade bucket with wire handle & lid from Walmart at their bakery. The bucket is used for their frosting.

Cost was $1 each for the bucket and lid. Sweet deal.

I'm using mine to hold milled grains till I dough in since I can snap on the lid.

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Old 07-04-2007, 11:53 PM   #2
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Is that a product they sell all the time? Or is it more like snagging a couple milk crates from behind the store? =)

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Old 07-04-2007, 11:54 PM   #3
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I used to give them away when I managed a burger joint. Pickles come in them. Takes some work to get the pickle smell out of them, but I had a pile of them stacked up at my house. I used them for everything.

$1 ain't bad though...Better than the $6 home depot charges.

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My LHBS is a wine making on premises place too so I get the 23L buckets that juice comes in for free. Pretty sweet deal, they seal up nicely and the lids have gaskets. Too small to ferment in but they definitely store grains well!

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Better than the $6 home depot charges.
Are the ones at Home Depot food-grade plastic?
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Damn good idea EdWort! I am in need of some good food grade buckets. Probably better to use the ones that came with frosting. Sugar sweet baby!

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Is that a product they sell all the time? Or is it more like snagging a couple milk crates from behind the store? =)
I was at a WallyWorld in Arkansas last week (making the daily run from Boy Scout Summer Camp) when I saw the buckets some lady had in her cart behind me in the checkout line. I saw the price of $1 tagged on them and I asked her if there were any left. I headed over and asked and they came up with two cause I asked for buckets with the wire bail handle. Major score as they have lids and the lids have gaskets. Fricking Home Depot orange buckets are NOT food grade as far as I know and cost 4 times as much and do NOT come with a lid.
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Are the ones at Home Depot food-grade plastic?
Don't think so
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The Home Depot buckets are made of HDPE, same as the buckets you can get at your LHBS. They might not be certified food grade, but they're the same plastic.

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The Home Depot buckets are made of HDPE, same as the buckets you can get at your LHBS. They might not be certified food grade, but they're the same plastic.
I'm with Buford on this one. HDPE is HDPE where does this alledged "food grade" certification come from?

If someone knows what other markings other than HDPE to look for please post it. Otherwise I'd have to say that the "food grade" bucket is just someone trying to mark up a plastic bucket to get a higher price from a person that doesn't know any better.
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