Dry Goods Storage: Gamma Seal Lid Review
Several years ago I began to prioritize buying dry goods in bulk and have thoroughly enjoyed the savings and decreased grocery store trips. Currently we buy nuts, dry beans, rice, rolled oats, oat groats, and wheat berries (for grinding our own flour) in bulk. While I keep the nuts and some of the rice in the freezer, all the other items store in the pantry or basement. I use a mix of 5 gallon buckets, FoodBricks, and glass jars.
When Pleasant Hill Grain told me about Gamma Seal Lids, their timing could not have been more perfect. I wasn’t happy with any of my storage options: the 5 gal buckets I literally could not remove the lid (had to wait for hubby), glass jars were impractical for large quantities, and I had JUST found out the hard way that my FoodBricks were not pest-proof. I’ve had two weevil outbreaks in my grains in the past 4 years, something I’ve learned does occasionally happen but is an easy fix. Not that big of a deal, that is, when the weevils stay contained IN the container they started from. I learned of my most recent pest by finding them all over the pantry…yikes…and gross. I traced them back to my store of oat groats and saw that they had no issue squeezing out from under the lid. I guess I shouldn’t of been that surprised as the FoodBrick lids did not seal very tight (aka-not toddler proof either), but I was dismayed…I use my grains daily so what other option did I have for easy access storage?
Gamma Seal Lids:
Easy to open, pest-proof, airtight, and in my opinion, toddler proof too 🙂 Wait though it gets even better! They attach to all those 5-gallon buckets I already have and replaces those lids that are honestly impossible for me to pry off. I am all for new products but am especially enthusiastic when they can be used with and improve upon something I already have (hello savings!!). I use mine on a 5-gallon bucket but you can also use them on 3.5 to a 7 gallon bucket as long as they have the standard 12″ diameter top. You can buy the bucket from Pleasant Hill Grain too or use your own if it’s the right size.
So what exactly is a Gamma Seal Lid and how do they work? Gamma Seal Lids come in two parts; an adapter ring for the bucket, and the lid that screws in to the ring. Both have gaskets in place to give your food an airtight protective seal. The first thing you have to do is snap the adapter ring to the bucket. I made the point of doing this step myself to see if I could (I am a petite person and aside from lifting babies, I’m not particularly strong). I placed the ring on the bucket and a flat board over the lid and hammered around the edge. Took a few minutes as I was overly diligent to make sure I had a good seal, but a complete success that I could do again and again (and a nice stress relief I might add). Then you just set the lid on top and spin clockwise to close and seal. That’s it! How tight you go is dependent on your strength but I could get them nice and snug so they wouldn’t budge. To remove you just turn counter-clockwise. Tip: I have small hands so I found I could get a better grip when turning by using a rubber kitchen glove that I use to wash dishes. If I’ve really tightened the lid down, it also helped to place my feet on either side of the bucket to hold it in place while I spun the lid.
- Short AND long term storage. Their ease of use makes these lids ideal for buckets you need to access frequently but their tight seal means they’re also excellent for long term storage. Since I tend to buy beans and wheat berries in 50lb increments, this versatility is perfect!
- Pleasant Hill Grain offers 7 different colors so if you’re anything like me, you’re swooning at the thought of color-coded organization; wheat berries in green, beans in blue, pet food in orange!
- USA made!! If you’ve been following this blog then you know I LOVE to buy locally first, whether that means the farm stand in my town, or just prioritizing products made within my country.
- My 18 month old got into the pantry the other day and was delighted to find a new bucket to ‘play’ with and before long was trying to push and pull it around the room. To my delight, he could not open it or break it, the worst he could do was drum away on the lid with my grains safe inside.
- An awesome option for storing pet food. When we had a dog, only a closed door kept him out of his food stores. I feel very confident that this system would have have been dog (and ant!) proof.
- Affordable pricing. How could I forget this point! At less than $10 a lid, these provide a reasonable way to store goods. I’ve paid more than double for other storage options in the past.
I find myself at the end of this review, just breathing a sigh of relief that I no longer need to dread getting the lid off my 5-gal bucket grain stores. Or worry about what the kids are going to get into when I forget the close the pantry door. I look forward to adding updates to this review as time goes on for how these lids and my dry goods have held up!
Where to buy:
Gamma Seal lids can be purchased from Pleasant Hill Grain, a USA company based in Nebraska. They offer a long list of products for all your food needs from kitchen appliances, canning supplies, dry goods, etc. I purchased my Komo grain mill from them several years ago and am pleased to report that their customer service and fast shipping have been excellent and unwavering.
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