Food Grade Pails
I'm looking to buy a couple of 5 gallon food grade buckets.
I know I've seen them someplace, but can't for the life of me remember where.
if they don't need to be new i used to get mine from a bakery in my Hood. they were formerly used for the stuff they put in their jelly donuts.
or you could try any shop that sells home brew supplies.
If you want these for homebrewing beer or wine, check out Modern Brewer on Mass Ave in Somerville. Also check craigslist since I often see deals on carboys and other things that you can ferment in.
They are about $12 buck for a 6.5 gallon pail from a homebrew store. So depending on your application, getting them from a bakery or restaurant is a lot better, but its going to take a fair amount of elbow grease to make a pickle container a wine fermenter. For larger sizes, the Rubbermaid Brute containers in certain colors (white and gray for certain) are food grade (they are stamped saying which ones are NSF #2 qualified), as well as a number of other rubbermaid storage containers. You can order these online, get 20 gallon and up at home depot, or buy at a restaurant supply house.
If you know anyone with a federal tax id #, I believe you can get them at the Restaurant Depot in Needham.
Ask your local dunkin doughnut stores or other doughnut chains in your area, they probably throw out dozens of them every month. Just sterilize them and they're good as new.
You can also buy them new at beer brewing supply stores.