Letter Re: Used 5-Gallon Buckets for Storage

Dear SurvivalBlog,

Can I use a bucket that had paint in it to store food, even if I use mylar bags? – L.J.

JWR Replies: No. The seals on mylar bags are too iffy.

HJL Adds: Additionally, plastic is permeable to many chemicals. You really don’t want any of those chemicals to end up in your food products. You would especially hate to store a food product and then need that food product, only to find it was unusable due to some paint chemical contamination.

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