I recently bought 50 pounds of masa on Amazon for $16.46 (you may have seen the thread a few days ago, but the deal is no longer available).
I couldn’t find any cheap buckets online, so I went to Lowe’s and ended up buying two of these buckets:
This was the suggested lid for them:
I ended up not buying those lids, though, because I could figure out how to put the lids on or remove them. I saw something online about using a mallet to put lids on & using a special tool to remove them, but I didn’t see any removal tools with the buckets, also, the lid had something concerning written on it along the lines of “to remove lid, break tab and remove strip”, which made me think it might be some kind of one-time-use lid, whereas I’m going to need to get in at least once a week.
These are the lids I ended up buying:
They’re not the suggested lid for the bucket, but they seem to fit okay. They’re a bit tricky to remove, but I think I can manage. I don’t think they’re actually airtight, though. I put some water in one of the buckets, put the lid on, turned it upside-down, and was able to get some water to come out.
In looking online, I saw there’s a fancy “gamma seal” twist-off lid available that are supposed to be really good, but they seem rather pricey, and I don’t want to invest a lot in this since once I go through these 50 pounds, I’ll probably go back to buying small bags at the grocery store unless I can find a similar deal in the future.
So, my main questions:
Are the lids I bought, even if not ideal, at least sufficient for keeping masa fresh for the several months it will take me to use it all?
What’s the deal with the suggested lids for those buckets – how are they put on, how are they taken off, and are they one-time-use?
Any other thoughts or suggestions?