Last week I ordered four more 5 gallon buckets, two with regular gasketed lids and for the first time two Gamma Seal Lids to try out.
The reason I bought the Gamma Lids is to verify their product quality, ease of use and if they actually seal when closed before I buy anymore. If they are a good product I can see using them on my Oat Meal, All Purpose Flour and Wheat Grain buckets because I use these the most.
This is an outstanding product, well designed and strong. The quality is excellent and the seal is great. If you are like I was, not sure if these Gamma Seal Lids are worth it, go ahead and buy them they are a great product.
The Gamma Seal Lid comes in two parts;
1. The gasketed bucket mating ring that snaps onto the bucket rim just like a standard lid and yes you will need a mallet to install the ring onto the bucket.
2. The other part is the gasketed, threaded lid the “easily” screws on and off…. It has its own well designed gasket (o-ring) that seals perfectly with little pressure making the closing and opening of the lid very easy.
The Gamma Lid makes it easy to access the bulk flour as I need it (I won’t have to pry open the standard snap on bucket lids). In the kitchen I use Rubbermaid 1 gallon clear plastic jars for the everyday kitchen storage of my flour. I also use 1 gallon Rubbermaid jars for Oat Meal, Pancake Mix, Dry Milk and Grits and ½ gallon sizes for items like Brown Sugar, White Sugar, etc.
US Plastics is where I buy all my buckets and lids for food storage. Great company and never had an issue with them. I don’t like using ‘used buckets’ for my food because you just don’t really know what’s been in them unless you work at that bakery etc and empty them yourself.
Just a note for those who buy new buckets;
Buckets come in two wall thicknesses, .075 and .090 of an inch thick. I purchase the .090 thick buckets for the extra strength, the extra cost (about $2.00) is worth it to me because this is my life saving food storage container and I want all the advantages I can get for its long term security.
For those of you who wish you had a slightly larger bucket they also have 6 and 7 gallon buckets and they sell the Gamma Seal Lids so you can order both and save the shipping as compared to buying Gamma Seal Lids elsewhere.
Gamma Company web site
6 and 7 gallon buckets
Gamma Seal Lids
5 gallon bucket I use