FireHouse Subs gave me this recipe to get rid of the pickle smell from their buckets and it works great, just know that if you have quite a few of them, then you will really go through the Murphy Oil soap. Cue the swearing here. Nathan called it the pickle room for two straight days. Jennifer is a homeschooling mom of 3 teenage boys, who along with her husband, Bill, all work together on the family business – Seed To Pantry School. I would never have guessed they would sell them so cheaply, but glad you were able to repurpose them! Encore told me they are all food safe for long term food storage even the blue and black buckets. So pleased you shared this. Again. A pickle bucket is gonna smell like pickles. Thanks for the idea! These specific buckets are home to the Firehouse Subs pickles before being emptied, washed, and sold to the public. In 2019, pickle bucket sales have generated more than $630,000 for the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which has a mission to impact the "lifesaving capabilities, and the lives, of local heroes and their communities." The 13-ounce, pickle-scented candles are inspired by the brand’s iconic red pickle buckets, which are sold for $3 in all 1,180 Firehouse Subs restaurants to benefit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation ®. Can you drink the coffee after this, or does it taste like pickles (even after airing out)? Blessings from Bama! I use them to make nesting boxes for my chickens to lay their eggs in after cutting a semi-circle out of the lid and laying aspen shavings in the bottom. I bet these methods can be handy in many situations – not only to remove pickle smell from the Firehouse Subs Pickle Buckets. (From sale ) I think all of the fish food will fit into this bucket. Thanks for all of the helpful ideas. I have used this on my pickle buckets and it works for anything else… especially glass. I love how this has upcycled something rather than it going into waste xx. Unless you get the “rectangular” ones. We don’t have that company in Ontario – but we DO have similar sources , including Bulk Barn , various Grocery Stores, and yes, pizza and Submarine places that all sell or even give away their food grade buckets. It gets the pickle smell out. Then I left them in the shade on the back porch a few days more. Between the lemon and lemon/baking soda scrub and the sun bath, no more smell and my chickens are happy girls . I’ll try the coffee! That was a very costly mistake for me. Water is a little different than food placed inside Mylar bags placed inside these buckets. I received several free pickle buckets and I have successfully removed the pickle smell by using approximately one cup of Arm & Hammer baking soda and enough water to make a paste. Hope someone finds this information useful and can afford to put up some supplies. I agree with Jennifer about the bakery buckets. Food sealed in mylar bags can be stored anywhere and in traditional plastic buckets. It is the gasket on the lid. I found that the paint buckets at Walmart say they are food grade! I asked bakery at Walmart and got 5-gallon and lid that fit for $1.00, 3-gallon the same. Yes, that is true and I have gotten the free ones before. The Firehouse Subs Pickle Bucket was an idea homegrown by Firehouse Subs Area Representative and Franchisee Mike Pietrzyk in 2009 to create another opportunity to raise funds for the Foundation. By the way, LemiShine is available online from Amazon and a few local stores. Well, I was shocked but the method that worked the best (and I mean way above the rest) was the un-brewed coffee. In 2019, pickle bucket sales resulted in more than $630,000 raised to help the foundation. What a bargain you found, thanks for sharing. You can thank me in the comments. How To Get The Smell Out of Firehouse Subs’ Pickle Buckets! I quickly went and acquired six buckets! The buckets can be used for storing my food, and pet food inside as well. These would definitely come in handy. Try a few drops of vanilla or vanilla extract. I'm thinking about picking a few up, soaking them with OxyClean and converting them to fermentation buckets. I love being prepared, but that doesn’t mean I have an endless supply of money to throw at being a prepper either. We have bought so many fish food packs all at once. Thanks for all the ideas. Thanks for the info. The money tree is experiencing a drought. When I first started looking around for buckets I thought I hit the lottery when I went to my local grocery store and found that they gave two gallon and one-gallon buckets away for free in the bakery. I just purchase new lids from an Amish store. However buying them even through Amazon can cost a small fortune for just three of them. Pet food is expensive, so any kind of waste is a big deal. Great post! The Firehouse Subs Pickle Bucket was an idea homegrown by Firehouse Subs Area Representative and Franchisee Mike Pietrzyk in 2009 to create another opportunity to raise funds for the Foundation. Not exactly a viable option. 1/3 cup bleach You specified unused, so I realize this might not work, but certainly worth a try given the price is right (free). Your email address will not be published. I have found that baking soda and vinegar work well. We only recommend products and services we have thoroughly reviewed and used. I have a bunch of individual freeze dried meals that came in a box or are loose that will be going in one of these buckets. My budget is at cheap and free most of the time. Sep 28, 2012 #8 Use a different topping bucket. However, the quality is not half as good as the firehouse subs buckets. The coffee treatment really works. Thank you! Hi Joe, It is such a wonderful and inexpensive prep and addition to my home organization. When I opened the buckets to clean them I was overwhelmed with the pickle smell. and warm water. This is also a lot cheaper than using unused coffee beans or grounds. THESE GROUNDS ARE FREE… I’ll check into my local store. Lol. Just kidding, but I hope you are excited for the information in this article. I tried the baking soda paste, the Murphy’s oil soap, and storing dog food in my buckets for several weeks and none of these things took the pickle smell away. ha ha. I think my sister kept the same beans in for 6months. You can’t know it all anyways! This also leads me to believe that if it does not work the first time you can always pour new coffee in and wait a bit longer if you’re willing to part with that much coffee. Also, while living in Hawaii, we were told to let our flour set out in the hot sun and any weevils in the bag would crawl out. I ran out to a warehouse store and purchased cheap coffee in bulk for the purpose of getting the smell out of the buckets. Think about visiting a perfume store or counter in a department store. Funds collected from Nov. 9 -15 through Round Up, canister donations and recycled pickle bucket donations will support the Firehouse Subs Public … However, it would get rid of the smell, I suppose! Some plastic buckets stink from chemicals when they are new so I guess you have to figure out what is acceptable to you. http://www.solarsurvivors.com/free-5-gallon-buckets-with-lids/#sthash.ZcNbCql2.dpuf, How To Grow, Harvest, and Preserve Onions, How To Build A Hydroponic System Out Of Recycled Soda Bottles, How To Prune Apple Trees For A Great Harvest. I’m a stickler for organization, and this is a perfect solution! I will try this ideas! If so how much of both? Because they went after Tigger’s food, which was kept in a really old cat litter bucket, with a sketchy lid. Partially kidding, but perhaps you need to get that “new car smell” spray or hang tag to make the tub smell like a bucket again. Thank You for posting about your Experience with these buckets, I am going for the cheap coffee method. But i found the post educative regardless. Baking soda is well known for getting the smell of clothes and various other things. Just have to ask them for them. Lids are sold separately but for less than $5.00, I have what I need. It had been on my list of things to check out, and made a stop in last week. Justin from South Australia. Oh my, I really would not recommend this! I called and they said baking Soda. Rotating this each day was helpful because I noticed the lids were the biggest source of the pickle smell. If you have tried this specific method, I would love to hear your thoughts. Sometimes they will just take the bag out of the grounds bucket and hand it to you. Sometimes Starbucks will have the used grounds prepackaged in an aluminum pouch. It was all I could afford. Lot of water to rinse and let dry outside but like I said, very little effect. In 2019, pickle bucket sales resulted in more than $630,000 raised to help the Foundation’s mission of impacting the lifesaving capabilities, and the lives, of local heroes and their communities. I didn’t realize food grade buckets were even a thing, much less that they’re expensive or some like Firehouse Subs sells them after use. Now that is an excellent deal! This is the one that makes the most sense to me, and also had the shortest turnaround time for removing the smell. Last time I stopped by we caught them with a trash bag load and it took care of all my flower and vegetable pots as well as two Fire House sub buckets. Since it’s on the outside of the bag when you open the food, theoretically it can get inside the food. The easiest way to pick one up is from a bakery. Where I live you would have to pay about $2.85 for the bucket and another $1.65 for the lid at Lowes. Also, have you experimented with the role of heat in this process? This post was fantastic! I guess it depends on how much water you run through the buckets, eventually if you run enough water through them the water won’t taste like pickles…..:) I assuming you don’t want to waste gallons and gallons of water though. Here’s what worked and what didn’t work! Firehouse Subs November 14 at 8:03 AM It's # NationalPickleDay , and we're dill-lighted to introduce our lim ... ited edition Firehouse Subs Pickle Bucket Candle (and no, we're not gherkin your chain). This is the first time I’m hearing about this. Can also be used for cleaning your bathroom. I asked a the sub shop tonight and they had no ideas. Many of the large scale b… If you’re not satisfied you could always add a fresh scoop of coffee for a few more weeks. Hot tap water, about a gallon, and around one third cup LemiShine. Dogs can smell many things. At $2 per bucket, it is not breaking the bank to buy these. This is such a great lifesaving idea. I get gallon sizes from a donut shop for .25-.50 cents each. This one I thought would not work. Tigger is the star in several of my posts! Yes they do for $2.00 .I have a couple of them. This is so great that you can purchase them for $2! Like pasta or flour, or something. Great post, and ideas for the use of these buckets. Those buckets come in handy here on the homestead! We're fresh out of Firehouse Subs Pickle Bucket Candles. Even the $3.00 blue ones and they told me they do not use the harmful release agents on them. Now this one I could work with! Thanks so much for sharing. Thanks John, I will have to try that method. I haven’t tried used grounds, but other people have and they say it doesn’t work the same way. It is a win/win! Great for storing baking chips and smaller quantities of baking supplies . Also vinegar is an acid and Mylar is waterproof, but I can’t speak to what lingering vinegar might do to the bags. Also, Starbucks will give you used coffee grounds for use in gardening. I guess Gamma lids are the way to go. Bucket Pickles: Pickles are meant to be made in a barrel... or the modern equivalent... a bucket!Finding a bucket... Canning can be tedious. But all I could think of is how much work it is when you are already so super busy trying to keep everybody’s life on schedule in the family! In the morning I shook it over the next few hours then rinsed. This is great! If I were you, I’d try the coffee trick and then also airing the buckets out and placing them in the hot sun before I tried to drink water out of them. Thanks! There is literally no effort other than cutting ingredients. Thanks for sharing! Wow! Perhaps leaving it longer or misting the paste and then leaving it for another three days would take care of stronger or more stubborn pickle odor. Firehouse subs 5 gallon pickle bucket for 2.00 dollars that 100% goes directly to charity.