they also will loan you a #10 canning machine free, and they sell O2 absorbers so you can can long term.Benjamen, Thanks for the link. If folks are interested in buying up some bulk food for their preps, your local LDS cannery will often sell bulk food at a very modest mark-up, and it is normally very high quality stuff.
I have only ever ordered empty buckets and supplies from EE, not grains/legumes, but I would expect they are packing in sealed mylar bags. I personally don't care much about "triple clean" - I wash my food before cooking anyway. What is important for long term storage is the amount of moisture in the package....
To me, if you want to get weight, Emergency Essentials looks to be who I'd use. I don't know if the "EE" grains are packaged to last as long or are less prepared(cleaned). They clearly state that they use metalized plastic (mylar?) bag with an O2 absorber. Some help here would be great. I don't have any experience with Mylar and O2 absorber potential longevity. Also, how clean is it going in? The Pleasant Hill site made a big effort to point out that they 'triple clean' their grain where as Emergency Essentials hasn't made much ado about it at all.
PMBug, if you live near a grocery store, go to their deli department and ask them if you can have their food grade 6 gallon buckets. The grocery where I work throws away five or six a day, perhaps once a week I take one home. I have literally hundreds. We uses them to store food, dog food, fertilizer, charcoal, catch water, etc.I have only ever ordered empty buckets and supplies from EE, not grains/legumes, but I would expect they are packing in sealed mylar bags. I personally don't care much about "triple clean" - I wash my food before cooking anyway. What is important for long term storage is the amount of moisture in the package.
ayoob has it on their site where they explain the differences in their two different packaging methods.Here is one of the buckets, collapsed during packing, presumably. I THINK I remember reading something on one of the websites that the buckets micht collapse from the suction, don't remember which one. The other bucket was intact. (This one is also, just deformed).
here is ayoobs explanation of the packing method; no comment on collapsed buckets that I can find:ayoob has it on their site where they explain the differences in their two different packaging methods.
The buckets I bought were "SP" , not "RP" but I want to make perfectly clear that I'm not trying to get in a pissing contest about it, just curious what I read. I'm not worried about one bucket, we have most certainly lost more by failure to rotate in the beginning (actually I'm not sure it's a loss, as Bing packs all the out of date stuff and sends it to the Philippines). When queried she says they don't care."Packed without oxygen (as in our Super Pails (SP) which have the foods packed in thick Mylar Bags, 4mil thick, with oxygen absorbers added. The lined, absorbed foods are placed in a food grade plastic, FDA approved 6 gallon bucket with a Gasket Lid, hammered in place forming a secondary airtight seal). All Buckets RB and SP have a handle for lifting the buckets. Regular Buckets (RB) are foods packed in a food grade 6 gallon bucket with oxygen absorbers added and a gasket lid forming an airtight seal is hammered into place, #10 cans, #2.5 cans, Mylar Bags, with an airtight seal, Cooler 70 degrees F. or , dry and dark – out of direct sunlight. (RB is not recommended for long-term storage, because of possible loss of bucket integrity due to pliability of buckets, denting and cracking; thus exposing the foods to oxygen prematurely. If the bucket integrity holds, then the foods would be preserved for a longer period of time.) We recommend RB storage, if you are looking for a 3-5 year shelf life, but do not guarantee the integrity of the buckets longer than a few years....." - http://www.aaoobfoods.com/inanutshell.htm#top
This was the portion i was referring to. After re-reading what you wrote, and what they wrote, it kind of fits what you were saying, but not to a "t"