Gamma Seal Lid Review–The Twist On Bucket Lid

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Gamma seal lids are my kids favorite prep. After all, what kid wouldn’t love a product that alludes to keeping out gamma rays? I’m not sure why these lids have such a interesting name – they don’t keep out gamma rays! Perhaps it’s because gamma is the third letter in the Greek alphabet and essentially you need three parts (the ring, the lid and bucket) to seal up your food for long term storage, or maybe it’s just a name someone thought would sound good for marketing purposes. In any case, I wanted to show you exactly why they are one of my favorite food storage tools.

One of the best things about Gamma Seal lids is that they allow you to easily get into your food buckets. This is extremely helpful when it comes to food rotation. It’s a lot of work to keep getting into your buckets lined with sealed Mylar bags. Then once you get into them you have to make a decision as to what to do with the bucket that is no longer full. Transferring the contents to a bucket with a Gamma Seal lid makes everything easier and food storage accounting runs much smoother!

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They actually come in seven colors but I thought the Olympic rings formation looked really cool. What can I say? Sometimes I get carried away with the camera. These days my boys run the opposite direction when they see me with a camera, so I have to have some creative outlet.

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The Gamma Seal lids come with pretty straight forward directions.

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They even come with suggestions for use.

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Here you can see the three pieces I alluded to earlier. These lids fit a standard 3.5 to 7.0 gallon bucket and measures 12 inches in diameter.

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Since I may or may not be storing food directly in my buckets with Gamma Seals (probably mostly without mylar bags) I sprung for new food grade plastic buckets. For buckets that I will be lining with a Mylar bag I like to use Firehouse pickle buckets.

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You will need a mallet to attach the seal, or ring, that makes the Gamma Seal lid airtight and leak proof.

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Place the lid on the bucket.

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Use your weight to push down on the seal. This will keep it in place while you use the mallet to secure it onto the bucket.

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It takes a few good hits (a little harder than you might think to hit plastic) to pop the seal into place.

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Place the screw-top onto the ring.

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And there you have it. A bucket with an easily removable lid.

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Repeat as necessary.

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One of the great features about this lid is that you can color code your food storage.

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They also stack well. With these lids there are no more broken (or in my case ripped off) fingernails or bruising from your fingers being pinched.

  • JOHN SUILLIVAN says:

    very informative especially the photo section with comments under . Thank you JOHN

  • Yves says:

    Jennifer,

    I have some of these lids and all but one split on the ring that goes on the bucket and I have never been able to find the manufacturer.

    I am not confident that these will last.

    They started splitting within a few months.

    Yves…

    • Jennifer Osuch says:

      Yves,
      Oh no, I hope I don’t have that problem. I’ve known people who had them for years without a problem, so I’m not sure what the issue could be. Maybe it could be extreme heat or extreme cold?

    • Beth says:

      Yves & Jenifer,
      The Gamma Lid people are aware of the lid cracking problem. Most of the faulty ones are red and green. They are based in San Diego, CA. If you google them to get their 800 number and call, they will replace them. I had 2 that split and they were just sitting on a shelf…..I had not even put them on buckets yet! Anyway, they are still a great product, and I use them on my food storage. Haven’t had any problems since.

      Keep on rotating 🙂
      Beth

  • Tom says:

    I found that if you invert the bucket when ready to set the ring on the bucket and press down (maybe even sit on it!) it replaces the mallet step. Like the pictures, maybe I should get other colors than white.

    • Jeanne S says:

      I discovered the same thing! I’m a heavy enough girl that turning the bucket upside down and lightly bouncing my full weight on it will snap those rings into place perfectly. It did startle me at first how hard it was to get the ring to snap on the first time, but it was a good reassurance that they aren’t coming off!

  • Shirley says:

    Thanks for the tutorial on how do put the lids on. I just purchased 2 along with food grade buckets but they only came in white & I would love to code by color as to the contents. I wonder where to purchase them in colors.

    • Jennifer Osuch says:

      Hi Shirley,
      You can get Gamma Seal lids here.

      • Esther says:

        Dave in Idaho Concerning the wheat you are storing Feed wheat is just that. The quitlay/grade of wheat is lower, so it is used to feed animals. Many times it has shriveled kernels due to being frozen or rained on. For human consumption,(making bread, etc.) store and use #1 hard red spring wheat or white spring wheat. The higher the grade number on wheat the lesser the quitlay. We have hard red spring wheat that has been stored for 30 years in buckets and it makes very good bread.

  • Jeanne S says:

    If you have a local bulk-sales supermarket chain (like WinCo in the western US), check if they sell them there. When I found these lids at WinCo — for MUCH cheaper than any price I’ve seen online! — I was beside myself with joy and bought 5 right away. They might also be found at some hardware/home-improvement stores at a good price.

    Just make sure you keep at least 1 or 2 five-gallon buckets around without putting on a gamma seal lid, for an emergency toilet. You definitely don’t want to waste a gamma seal lid on that!

  • Roben says:

    i was woundering if you can reuse thease lids as in pull them back off and put them on new buckets ?

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