In a message dated 9/2/2006 9:34:08 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Then I package it in unused, new, empty
paint cans. I get them from Home Depot.
how much are the buckets at home depot are you talking the big 5 gallon ones I was going to let Emily answer this, but I see that she uses the smaller metal cans (also a good idea). I do buy the 5-gallon paint buckets for storage of flour, wheat and rice and at Lowe's they cost about $5.00 with the lid. You can also get them at Walmart for a bit less, but you have to buy the lid separately. As far as I can tell, they are essentially the same thing. I don't use an oxygen absorber in mine because I store the grains or whatever in heavy plastic freezer bags from which the air has been removed with a manual vacuum pump. Then I put the bags in the plastic buckets.
Emily's idea of using the metal paint cans certainly does give greater protection against rodents, but I'm mostly concerned with keeping oxygen and moisture out. I also use 2 and 3 gallon food grade buckets that I get from a local deli for 50 cents each. I store some of my dehydrated foods in these. They get used quickly enough that I don't have to worry about moisture coming through the plastic, typically less than 6 months.
No kidding! Just eww. I have had the same thing happen. So my long term storage stuff is as basic as possible, flour, beans, sugar... No pre-packaged stuff such as hamburger helper or whatever. All of it gets bought, brought home, and FROZEN. Then I package it in unused, new, empty paint cans. I get them from Home Depot. I put in an oxygen absorber and a silica gel package rated for food storage. No bugs as of yet.