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Free Food Grade Buckets @ SAMS Club

post #1 of 25
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I just got home from SAMS Club, and while there asked the guys in the bakery if I could buy a couple empty "Food Grade" Buckets. The guy gave me a couple w/covers, and said they just throw them in with the recycling anyway!

I probably have 30 5 gallon buckets from work, but not 1 of them is "Food Grade". Drywall mud and paint was in most of them. I'm gonna use them for brining a turkey for Easter.

The buckets I got had Buttercreme frosting in them.

Holds 4 U.S. Gallons or 15 Liters.

Don't forget the covers.

Bucket Pic


Todd

No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

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post #2 of 25
How big are these buckets? What are you using them for. I know a guy that works at Sams here in town I will have to talk to him about this. Good find.
post #3 of 25
This is good information because they are pretty good size, right? Might make perfect "brine buckets".
post #4 of 25
Yep they are nice to have around especially for brining. I have a source for free ones too. One of our local bar/restaruants. They get pickles in them. 5 gallon size with covers. They also make nice shippers if you are doing exchanges with someone. Especially if you are shipping anything in glass jars or bottles. Line the bucket with bubble wrap, wrap your glass bottles or jars in bubble wrap put them in the bucket and fill in with newspaper so everything is tight. Put the cover on and wrap duct tape around the cover so it dosen't come off in transport and you have a virtually indestructible shipping container.
Plus the bucket weighs no more than the cardboard box you were going to use. And even if something were to break the bucket won't absorb the liquid like a cardboard box and self destruct.
You are almost guarnteed all your jars of bbq sauce or salsa or whatever will arrive intact. Plus your recipient gets a nice food grade bucket!! icon_smile.gif
post #5 of 25
I picked up mine at Walmart. They charged me a buck for each of them, but it wasn't a big deal. The dollar gets donated to one of their charities, so it was fine by me.

I believe mine are 5 gallon donut glaze buckets. Use them for all my brining. They fit perfectly on the bottom rack of my spare fridge.

Sometimes they are free, and sometimes they charge you, but either way its a good deal
post #6 of 25
Thats pretty cool. thanks for sharing this. i am going to pick up a couple of them.
post #7 of 25
adding this to my "to do" list for today! great info
post #8 of 25
Thanks for the heads up. I was going to Sams today anyway, so I will check on it.
post #9 of 25
These are the ones I get. 5 gallon size. Very nice for large turkeys or several chickens at one time. My daughter just happened to bring these home last night from the restauraunt she works at. The manager there knows I look for them so he saves them up for me. I have more than I can use now actually but I don't want him to start throwing them out either.

If you can't find the large ones at Sams check with your local restaraunts they are a good source.

post #10 of 25
Kroger has the same 4 gallon buckets that have icing in them. They are perfect for brining and FREE! Drop by the bakery and ask for one or more!!

beard
post #11 of 25
Ive heard of the charity they use. Its the "Dont tell the boss were sellin buckets for $1 so we can buy a case of Natural Lite on Friday!"

lol, im j/k
post #12 of 25
thanks for the heads up for the buckets. I get alot of buckets from work too but they aren't food safe thou.
post #13 of 25
Good idea! I have a bunch of buckets too, but nothing food grade.

For brining, i use an old playmate cooler. It's just the right size for a turkey without having to make a triple batch of brine. Never thought about if it's food grade....I've hauled food in it for years, and they are marketed as food coolers... opinions?
post #14 of 25
looks good, i've just always washed out our drywall mud buckets and use them for almost everything
post #15 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hey Miamirick,

I've probably got 50+ buckets from drywall, paint and latex adhesive. I use food grade buckets only for brining and may use the for mixing ground meat for sausage. Just cautious about what goes into or next to my food, especially when it comes to my kids!

Todd

No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

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post #16 of 25
Mc Donalds & Burger King has 6 gallon green pickle buckets, well at least the stores near me does .The 6 gal buckets are about 4-5" taller then the 5 gal. buckets.
Beside great brine buckets they make great duck blind seats by adding one of the high back bucket seats toppers that Cabela's or Bass Pro sells.
Great fishing buckets also. Me having a bad back the extra 4-5" in highth really helps when sitting or getting up from sitting.
post #17 of 25
I used to work at a cookie factory that has since sold out to another company. We made the cookies for Walmart (Sam's Choice). My favorite was chocolate chip pecan. We also made them for Target (Archer Farms) and many other companies. They're all in the same style boxes. We did soft-baked cookies as well. They were great! My favorite soft baked was also chocolate chip pecan. I got many a bucket from them. Most of them were 5 gal buckets of eggs and the other was 3 gal of peanut butter. They all had lids. I used them for planters and one for the dogs' water and one for the dogs' food. I also have 10-55 gal drums. Three plastic and 7 metal. The plastic ones have/had vanilla extract in them. The metal ones have/had liquid molasses or corn syrup in them.
post #18 of 25

You can get 4 gal buckets with lids from King Soopers bakery

there what they use to glaze donuts you also can get smaller ones

there about 3 gal. with lids my wife wants the to put her

Christmas cookies in & there air tight but there hard to get at kings

you can get the same ones from sams clubs bakery easier

I called today & got 3 right away they do a lot more cakes than Kings

   Ken--Colo. Smoker

post #19 of 25

Wow! I know this is an older post, but I just found it. Thanks for the heads up. Headed to my Sam's club on Saturday to check it out. Thanks Todd!bravo.png

post #20 of 25

Alot of places that used to give away the buckets have stopped. They use them to package used cooking oil and sell the oil to bio folks.

 i still have a couple of places to get a few but not like it was a year ago.

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