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Food Grade Containers: Steel vs. Plastic

March 18th, 2016 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

Food grade drums and containers come in a myriad of different shapes, sizes and materials, but at Skolnik Industries, we stick to steel. Food grade drums are commonly used for the transportation and storage of ingredients, wine and other consumables. While plastic food grade containers do exist, all of Skolnik’s food grade and wine barrels are all made with food grade 304 stainless steel for superior cleanliness and food safety.

Stainless steel, or food safe carbon steel with a special lining if you’re on a tight budget, is sleek and smooth whereas plastic is porous. The very texture of plastic opens the door for bacteria and other baddies to contaminate your goods, especially if you intend to use the barrels more than once. Because of its porous texture, plastic is harder to clean and sanitize between uses. It’s be incredibly easy for some left overs from Drum Use A to make it’s way into the contents of Drum Use B. That doesn’t sound good and probably won’t taste too good either.

Food grade steel is as easier to clean and sanitize than plastic, and is food-safe from top to bottom. The seams, fitting and closure all meet any necessary food grade requirements in order to ensure both your goods and the consumer is protected.

Another area steel bests plastic is in strength and durability. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that steel is stronger than plastic, but this benefit is very important in the transportation and storage of food items. The goal of food-grade containers is to keep the materials or products they are carrying safe and secure, if the container suffers damage, the product could suffer damage and if the product suffers damage, the consumer could suffer damage. Not to mention that plastic barrels are very difficult to handle if they get wet or oily. We’d liken it to trying to handle a greasy watermelon.

Almost every food, drink or snack item you ingest was at one point stored, cured or transported in a food-grade container. Skolnik steel food-grade drums are sturdy, UN and DOT certified as necessary, and easy for manufacturers to clean and reuse, all while ensuring that those consumable items remain safe for you to enjoy.

Food Grade Containment and Storing Water

August 17th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Safety, Stainless Steel

Food Grade stainless steel drums are not always storing food, but another precious life resource: water. Storing water can be tricky – crystal clear water can have dangerous bacteria growing in it, high levels of lead or mercury, chemicals, even arsenic and you wouldn’t even be able to see it. So how should you store water?

Let’s start with how you shouldn’t. First, you should never use non-food-grade materials to store food. Seems like a no brainer, but it is a common mistake. Even if it looks clean or has been sterilized, it should not be used to store food or water. Non-food-grade materials, such as a non-food-grade plastic or stainless steel can leak dangerous chemicals into anything you store in them. Non-food-grade stainless steel can be corroded by chlorine that you don’t know is in your water, and non-food-grade plastic can degrade over time or allow bacteria and other pests into the thin container.

Food grade plastics are out there, but still not widely favored for food and water storage since plastic is more porous and thus harder to sterilize. Additionally, the vapors of chemicals and fuels can penetrate plastic over time, so your storage location becomes more important.

Glass and stainless steel are the most popular water storage containers. Glass is easy to sterilize and impermeable. However, glass breaks easily, is heavy and needs to be stored away from sunlight.

So we’re left with food-grade stainless steel, arguably the strongest, safest water container. Stainless steel is light weight, easy to sterilize, impermeable and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals that it might leech into the water. It is opaque and thus does not need to be protected from light. It’s strong and sturdy and safe. And many manufacturers, such as Skolnik Industries, offer protective linings for their food-grade stainless steel, making them even safer.

Water is a precious resource that demands to be stored with care. Use food-grade stainless steel to store your water both conveniently and effectively.