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galexior 09-28-2012 04:39 PM

Removing Pickle Smell From Bucket?

I work in a Denny's, and we get our pickles in big 5 gallon buckets, with those nice tight sealing lids (complete with a rubber gasket!). So ive been thinking. If i could remove the residual pickle smell, i could have an unlimited number of 5 gallon fermentation buckets! (so long as i keep working there, or remain friends with the people there...)

So, how would you recommend i go about removing the pickle smell? i was thinking a bleach water solution and scrubbing it with a soft scrubby pad, the green ones, that wouldnt scratch the plastic, then filling it up and letting it sit for a few days. a few good rinses afterwards should leave a clean bucket, right?

wolfstar 09-28-2012 06:41 PM

A freind of mine tried to brew beer in a pickle bucket from a restaraunt...it did not turn out as he hoped....And he never managed to get the smell out of the bucket.

Unless maybe you want to do a "Pickle Porter"?

That being said, I would be concerned about scratches and such. Unless you guys prep the whole 5 gallon bucket at once (I am assuming they come whole and you quarter them) you run the risk that a cook or prepcook may scratch the saide uf the bucket removing pickles.

You are better off just getting a fresh clean bucket if you are just starting out.

galexior 09-28-2012 06:45 PM

well, The bucket is free of scratches, we get pickle chips, so there is no cutting, all we do it remove them and close the lid. ill give it a shot and ill let you know.

jeepinjeepin 09-28-2012 06:46 PM

One word: Sauerkraut

galexior 09-28-2012 07:53 PM

im not a very smart person, can i buy another word? i dont understand. haha

Whattawort 09-28-2012 07:57 PM

I don't imagine pickles and hops would mingle well together. But hey, I'll try anything once. If you used some smoked barley, you could have a smoked pickle porter. Nothing says yum quite like bacon and humiliated cucumbers.

jeepinjeepin 09-28-2012 07:58 PM

Sorry. A joke. A pickle bucket is gonna smell like pickles. Use it for sauerkraut.

aiptasia 09-28-2012 08:06 PM

Use a different topping bucket. Sysco and other food distributors sell all sorts of things in buckets. Wander around your walk in cooler and see what else comes in a topping bucket. For example, we go through a lot of strawberry topping in our restaurant, and it comes in 10 gallon buckets (with lids). Frosting buckets from bakeries & grocery stores also go a long way.

mcwilcr 09-28-2012 08:19 PM

I have read that a mixture salt and lemon juice can help remove pickle smell from pickle jars and suck. I have successfully removed the smell from a jar lid before by leaving it outside in the hot sun for a few days. This should work for the bucket as well but I don't really know how long it would take.

galexior 09-29-2012 03:34 AM

well, i have it full of bleach water right now. ill let it sit the weekend then ill dump it and rinse it until my landlord sees the water bill... (i dont pay that part... hehehe)

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