We buy wheat (hard red and soft white) in 50lbs bags, evaporated cane juice crystals and brown rice in 25lb bags, and organic coconut oil in a 5 gallon bucket. The first wheat we bought years ago we bought from the Bread Beckers in a nice quality 5 gallon bucket. We no longer buy our wheat from them, although occasionally we do buy a few other things. We now get all our bulk products (except the organic coconut oil) from a local seventh day adventist store. They do no sell the 5 gallon buckets so we were forced to either buy empty buckets from Lowes or somewhere online or find an alternative source. We were able to score about 10 5 gallon buckets for a couple of bucks from a local donut shop (who had gotten icing in them). We did buy the gamma seal lids as they are a lifesaver. They can attach to any 5 gallon bucket and screw off with ease and keep the food fresh, dry, and bug free. We bought a different color for each item so we could easily tell them apart.
We store all our 5 gallon buckets in the basement in a dark corner away from any windows or moisture. I keep several old ice cream buckets full of each kind of bulk food item stored in my kitchen. All labeled for easy as access within easy reach for daily use. We have do not have any of items stored "properly" for long term storage but then we usually use the item in 6-12 months, depending on how we and my mom uses. Here is a great source for some articles on long term storage. If anyone is interested in more articles on long term storage just leave a comment or email me. I have lots bookmarked on the computer. We have bought the supplies but have never used them. We usually keep one extra back up bag of each item. And those bags are stored downstairs with the buckets. We don't open the bag but we do "stuff" into one of the empty 5 gallon buckets.
For use it's been a what works for us mentality. ]For now we are not doing long term storage (mostly due mostly to paying off debt rather than saving food for future) but it on our agenda for the future especially since food prices continue to rise.
Do any of you store food? If so what kind and how do you store it?