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5 gallon pail

Post by peppercorn » Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:25 pm

So as some of you may be aware getting mylar 5 gallon bags is darn near impossible at the moment with most all places back ordered. I had been putting rice into 5 gallon pails and using silicone to seal the lid. Then a few days ago I got the idea that I should be able to heat can the rice in the pails just like I do when using 1/2 gallon jars, and as the rice cools in the pail, a vacuum should be pulled just as in the jars.
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So I put 20kg of rice into the oven and brought the temp up to 220 degrees, held it for 1.5 hrs then dumped the rice into the pail( lots of shaking the pail to get it all to settle). Then I waited a few hrs and put the lid on, flipped the pail upside down and siliconed the lid on, filled the gap from the lid to the pail, used 1/3 of a tube of silicone. It took about a day and a half for all that rice to cool down so no heat could be felt with my hand.

The result was a vacuumed sealed pail (food grade), the lid sucked down so hard to the top of the rice that when I shake the pail I cant even hear the grains of rice move. It turned out better than I hoped.

Just making up labels to put on the pails now.
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Re: 5 gallon pail

Post by helicopilot » Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:37 am

71,000 calories for $33, that is pretty dang good!

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Re: 5 gallon pail

Post by peppercorn » Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:32 am

It is. I actually expect my silicone seal to leak in air over time, but so little I expect it not to matter.
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Re: 5 gallon pail

Post by Clarence » Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:30 pm

IF kept away from sun, heat or freezing, I think your silicon seal will last a solid fifteen years at least. That’s a nice fix

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Re: 5 gallon pail

Post by peppercorn » Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:23 am

Just did up another pail. This time I filled the groove in the lid before I hammered it onto the pail, flipped it upside down and then filled the gap as before. Unbelievably, this took a full 1/2 a tube of silicone.
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