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Hello everyone,
I have a question about food storage buckets. I work at a hospital and the cafeteria will give me all the buckets and lids I want. The problem is that almost all of them are buckets that had pickles in them and the buckets smell horrible. So, does anyone know of a way to some how get that smell out of the buckets? I plan to use mylar bags and O2 absorbers for direct food contact and just storing these mylar pouches in each bucket. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Pickles are a bitch to get out. I have barrels that pickles came in. I have not tried hot water as each barrel is 60 gallons and heating that much water would be a pain. I don't know about storing food in mylar in them.
I have tried:
Borax
Bleach
Simple Green
Purple Power
Dawn Dish Soap
Bleach toilet bowl cleaner
Pool chlorine
 

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please be aware that mylar bags are permeable and that pickle smell will be absorbed by most stored food ...... you must knock it down to a minimum ...... a maintained warm solution of bleach will pull that leached pickle brine out with time .....
 
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