Plastic Lidded Bins

Plastic Lidded Bins - Great for Stacking.
Store Your Packed Mylar Bags Safely!

plastic lidded storage bins

Opaque Stackable Plastic Lidded Bins

Consider using plastic lidded bins for easy closet, walk-in pantry, or garage storage of dehydrated foods—for long-term storage. It's a great way to keep similar items grouped all in an organized fashion. There's nothing worse than having to go rooting through piles of bags, or bins. Keep yourself organized!

It's better if you can find stackable bins that you can't see through, as it helps to keep the light out. All you have to do is clear off some shelving in the garage. Yeah, I know I said "all you have to do," and yes, it's hard work sorting out stuff. But when it's done? You'll be so proud of yourself!

PLEASE NOTE: This white bin shown at the top of the page is NOT airtight, i.e. some air can get in around the handles—so it's pointless using a 2000cc oxygen absorber in these types of bins. They must be AIR-TIGHT when using the big oxygen absorbers.

Again, the aim of these bins is to keep you organized.

Make Your Own Suitable Shelving
For Your Plastic Lidded Bins,
Buckets (and Boxes!)

If you're using buckets and bins, here's a neat way to store 'em!

Stack boxes in an unused or barely used closet in the house—I prefer closets or a shelving unit assembled on a "spare" wall—check this out!

Remember to write the contents of the bin on the bin's side and put the date on the bags that go in the bins! (See more below).

Use Oxygen Absorbers ONLY
In Air-Tight Bins and Containers

50cc Oxygen Absorbers

100cc Oxygen Absorbers

300cc Oxygen Absorbers

2000cc Oxygen Absorbers

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Also note that when using AIR-TIGHT large containers, we are using the 2000cc large oxygen absorbers IN ADDITION to the 100cc oxygen absorbers that are already IN our sealed packages. 

Just place the 2000cc loose oxygen pack in the airtight container, along with your Mylar bag packets. Remember, these large bins will not be opened regularly, maybe twice a year or so, as we use up and rotate our stock.

There are plastic lidded bins available that have snap-on lids that are truly air-tight—like bucket lids—so use the 2000cc oxygen absorbers with those types of storage bins.

Check Height Between Shelves
When Creating Shelving Storage

When it came time to build my food storage wall, I made sure that there was enough room between the shelves (height-wise) to fit the bins.

It's pretty easy to change the factory-set shelf heights; simply drill new holes in the uprights!

Use a nail and hammer to make a 'starter dimple/hole' in the uprights, so that your drill-bit doesn't wander when you first drill. Make sure you're using a drill bit that's suitable for metal, too.

Consider buying deep(er) shelving units so you can store your bins with the narrow side facing out, rather than the wide side facing out, like I did. You'll be able to store more bins that way.

You're always wiser after the event!


Check out my free Easy Food Dehydrating Podcast on how to "Create Food Storage Space out of Thin Air!"

Feed Buckets Too!

NOTE: You can also use buckets! Yes, feed buckets—check out the Feed Bucket page. You'll see great screw-on lids that just about guarantee to keep your flour bug-free and your dehydrated food dry!

You can also stack the buckets. Put the heavy buckets on the bottom of the stack so you don't get a nasty knock to the head if one should tumble on you! (Yep, I messed up the first time around!) Be safety-conscious at all times.

Susan Gast owner, Easy Food Dehydrating plus and

Susan Gast began Easy Food Dehydrating in December 2010. Read Susan's story of what sparked her interest in all things related to "food dehydrating."

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