Todd, I thought this idea might be of use to your readers.
I hate the fact that when I open a food bucket mylar bag, I am kind of stuck with an open container of 40 pounds of rice. Then I have to open another bucket with 30 pounds of beans. That represents a lot of food to open at once.
Also if I was bugging out, I might be able to grab a bucket, but it would have been either the bucket of rice or the beans. It has been hard for me to easily make a mixed bucket until I came up with this idea.
I have used a nylon hose to hold my beans which I twist tie shut, place in mylar bag, then pour rice around the sack of beans and then throw in the oxygen absorbers and seal. The pore size of the stretched nylon should easily allow the oxygen to be removed with the absorber yet keep the rice and beans separate. Thus a mixed bucket is easily made. If most of my buckets are mixed, then as I use them, I may be able to get by with only one open bucket at a time, reducing the risk of spoilage. I mark the outside of the bucket with the number of pounds of beans and how many pounds of rice.
I have attached pictures where I made a crude cardboard tube over which I stretched hose ( a large wrapping paper tube works best for this). I then poured the beans into the tube and pushed the beans down into the hose which I then twist tied. You can easily see the beans so oxygen removal should be easy despite being surrounded by rice. I hope this may be helpful to your readers.
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