You see this? This my friends is an expensive mistake.

A bucket of wheat with a broken six dollar gamma seal lid.

It was such an innocent mistake, really. We had stacked buckets of food in the closet, three buckets tall. I didn’t realize these lids weren’t meant to stack. Maybe if you put one super light bucket on top of another it would be fine, but evidently we added too much weight.

And the lid caved. Exposing all of our wheat to deterioration and bug infestation. It’s a really good thing we noticed this before it was ruined! Had this bucket stayed damaged like this for long we would have surely lost all of the wheat inside.

There are a couple of lessons to be learned here. Obviously the first one is NOT to stack buckets directly on top of each other.

If we had a basement, or a cool garage, or even a big enough closet to put them in, these bucket shelves would be so nice to have! It’s such a pain heaving bucket after bucket trying to get to something in the back of the pile. Shelving would be awesome.

Just an FYI, since we’re on the subject, these bucket shelving systems are on sale for 47% off retail value with my consultant discount through Shelf Reliance through the end of July (I know, that’s only like two more days, I wish I’d known sooner!) If any of you want to get in on this deal while it’s still good, shoot me an email ([email protected]) and I’ll get you hooked up.

Until we build a root cellar with room for nice shelving like this, we’re still using the stacking method. Now that we’ve learned this unfortunate lesson, we’ve spent some time today re-stacking our buckets with sheets of plywood between them. At least this way the buckets aren’t resting directly on top of each other.

The second lesson we can learn from this is the importance of sealing your food in mylar bags before placing in buckets. If the bucket is ever damaged, at least your food will still be safe from moisture and bugs. In the beginning, we went the cheap route and just poured everything directly into the buckets before adding an oxygen absorber and sealing. I figured, what’s the point in sealing it in bags if it’s safe in the buckets?

But I’ve come to see the importance of protecting our investment in food as much as possible. What’s a couple more dollars to ensure that my lifeline in safe? Now, before I put my food into buckets, I seal them in mylar bags with O2 absorbers. ‘Cause you never know what might happen to your buckets.

At least only one was ruined. It could have been much worse. This could have happened to all of the lids on the bottom layer of buckets! Learn from my mistake… if you’ve stacked as we did, you better go check your lids.And then make sure you store them properly.