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Storing flour, sugar etc.

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hello,

I buy Flour, Sugar etc in bulk. I would like to store my Flour and
Susar in Plastic Tubs/Containers. How do I detirmen what size
containers I would need. I know they come in Pint, Quart and Gallon
sizes. I need the containers to hold 1LB, 5LB, 10LB and 20LB. Thank
you in advance for helping me with this.

George
post #2 of 12

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Is this for home or a shop?
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
This is for home use only.
post #4 of 12
5 Gal bucket holds 25lb of flour.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you, that was a start for me. Would you be able to tell me what sizes I would need for 1lb, 5lbs, and 10lbs?

Thanks again,
George
post #6 of 12
Hmm, now I'm trying to remember if it is 15# or 25# for 5Gal. I don't have a bag around to double check, but you should be able to judge at the store.
post #7 of 12
25lb will fit in a five gallon bucket. One gal. 5lbs+/-

If humidity isn't a problem for you, you might consider the large rubbermaid drawer units that stack. I use for my flour and white sugar. I'm able to just yank them open and measure ( I keep a one cup dry measure cup in each one. I take my bowl the the drawers, scoop out my quantity and move on. I like the drawers as they will remove and wash if necessary. I keep them stacked in a counter area of the pantry. They don't work for brown sugar by the way.
The five gallon buckets have a tendency to be set on the floor and end up on my counters, which I don't like. I also hate moving them around.
post #8 of 12
It's not just humidity that you have to think about but bugs as well.

I also buy in bulk because of the distance that I have to travel to get to a store. I live in a rural area in the South and I would never store any grain products in anything that was not well sealed or around here it wouldn't last long.

There are these little white moths that are everywhere; they are attracted to the lights that shine through the doors and windows. When someone opens the door after dark to go in or out they get into the house. If there is any grain based food anywhere that they can get to they will lay eggs in it.

They get into the grocery stores as well, when I bring a bag on anything home from the store I throw it in the freezer first and leave it there for a couple of days. If there are any eggs in or on the packages freezing will kill them. Then when I remove the bag from the freezer it goes directly into a sealed container.

Honeyville Grain Co. carries a really nice 5-gallon food grade plastic bucket that’s around $10.00. They also send some of those little oxygen absorbers to help extend the self-life of the food. I have several of their buckets and really like them. Wholesale Ingredients to the Food Service Industry, Honeyville Food Products. Premium Corn, Flour, Whole Grains, Sugar and more.
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post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
In other words, a 1 gallon container will hold 5 pounds of sugar or flour. The rubbermaid drawers sound like a good idea. Do they come in different sizes? Do you know if they sell them online?
post #10 of 12
If you want a professional look try these.the price isn't that bad

Hubert® Food Storage Box from Hubert
post #11 of 12
I always had a big problem with these. Now they just came out with a great invention. It's put out by autan, maybe not yet available in the US? Anyway, they're cards with a very sticky glue on one side and a glue strip on the back to attach to the inside of your cabinet. They contain pheronomes of the male moth, attracting the female who gets stuck on the glue. I usually have to toss all my flouor, cookies, etc every summer, but this year, i only have to throw awaty and replace the cards. No poison! No smell detectable to humans.
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post #12 of 12
I haven’t seen them here in the US yet, but I’ll sure keep an eye open for them. Thanks for the heads up!!!
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