Homer Bucket

Discussion in 'Food Safety' started by mikewysuph, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. mikewysuph

    mikewysuph Fire Starter

    I know they don't specifically say so, but are the orange Homer buckets from Home Depot food safe?

    I'm looking at brining fairly large quantities of loins for Canadian Bacon.

    Thanks all!
     
  2. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    FWIW, I've used them for bringing turkey for years. Never had a problem, as long as you keep it clean.
     
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2014
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    If there is any doubt, use a large food grade bag like Ziplock Big Bags XL or Reynolds Roasting Bags. The added benefit is there is no need to mess with weights to keep the meat submerged and because the air can be pushed out less brine can often be used...JJ
     
  4. radioguy

    radioguy Smoking Fanatic

    Look for plastic "type" symbol.

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  5. mikewysuph

    mikewysuph Fire Starter

    Thanks guys. Good info as usual!
     
  6. Mike, before buying buckets, check out other---often free---sources. I usually get my buckets from the cake-decorators at a big box store. They would otherwise be throwing them out. Icing and other decorating materials come in two-gallon and five-gallon food safe buckets, with hermetically sealing lids.

    All you have to do is clean out the residue. But that's just hot water and some elbow grease.
     
  7. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Side note on polycarbonate - it's recommended for glassware at bars where alcohol-related violence is a problem.
     
  8. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This elbow grease I keep hearing about...is it some sort of universal cleaner? People swear by it.

    Can it be ordered on Amazon?
     
  9. Better than that, Atomic Smoke. It's free! Everyone comes with a lifetime supply of it.
     
  10. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Any clean bucket that is certified HDPE (High Density Polyethyelene) that means it make from a 3408 resin base material is guaranteed food safe due to the density of the plastic. Medium density either can or can not be, and low density I would personally just stay away from. All other thermoplastics can contain fillers which are not conducive to National Sanitation Foundation guidelines.

    PE3408 or the old PE8000 resin base materials, or high density PE if clean is great. I use:

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/159723/best-container-for-brining-pork-loin
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2014

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