Storing Salt and Sugar in Ice Cream Buckets
(Cedar Rapids, IA)
I have 4 teenage boys and we go through about 2 of the one gallon plastic ice cream buckets every week. Can I use these to store sugar, salt, rice, beans, etc. if I put oxygen absorbers in with them? I'm trying to store these for as long as possible. Thanks!
I don't see a problem with doing that as long as you use Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers. I doubt that the ice cream buckets are air tight so sealing the food in Mylar bags with O2 absorbers would solve that problem.
That being said, don't use O2 absorbers in sugar. Sugar, as well as salt, will last indefinitely. The only key to storing them long term is that the lids fit tight enough to keep bugs out of the container. As you know, ants LOVE sugar and other bugs love our food too.
Also, moisture can be a problem for sugar and salt. Not that they will spoil, but they will get clumps or harden completely if there is too much moisture. So store them in the coolest, driest area you have. You might consider putting desiccant packets into them to keep the moisture content low if you live in a high humidity area.