If you just received your first 4-gallon bucket of raw Aloe and feel a little overwhelmed, you are not alone. For many, opening and pouring a heavy large bucket can be a little difficult — but help is here. The above videos and optional instructions will make the task easier. It really isn’t that difficult once you know the tricks of the trade.
The Bucket Kit
The bucket kit is made of 3 useful tools:
1. a Bucket Opener
2. a large 32 oz. BPA Free Funnel
3. a Stainless Steel Skimmer
You can see how we use similar tools in the videos above.
How To Open A 5 Gallon Bucket
The first challenge is opening the bucket. Although we ship the gel in a 5-gallon container, it actually only contains 4 gallons of gel. This allows room for expansion when the Aloe is frozen. Once you take the lid off, if the Aloe vera has thawed, you will have plenty of room at the top. Reach in and feel through the bag to see how much of the Aloe is still frozen. Once the frozen amount is less than the size of a baseball, it is time to pour.
Now that you opened it, there are two popular ways to get the Aloe into the bottles. The first way involves pouring the Aloe. It is suitable for those strong enough to lift and pour the 38-pound container:
If the bucket is too heavy to lift, the other way is to cut the top off the bag and fold it over the edges in the same way you saw on the previous video. Rather than lifting and pouring the bucket, though, use a clean container (such as a quart-size glass measuring cup) to dip into the bucket for gel to pour into the bottles. Use bottles we supply or other BPA free plastic bottles. Glass is NOT recommended since Aloe vera expands more than expected and glass is too fragile at freezing temperatures.
Once several quarts have been removed, the bucket will be light enough to lift. You can then pour the remainder out as demonstrated in the previous video.
Keep Your Empty Bottles
The half gallon bottles are recyclable. However, we feel a better use is to keep them for your next bucket. Once you have used all the aloe that was in the bottle, we recommend filling it up part way, putting the cap on, and giving it a few hard shakes. Next, pour the water out and repeat. Once you are satisfied that the bottle is sufficiently clean, fill it to the top with your chlorinated municipal tap water. Then, put the lid on and store it in a dark place.
If you have a “whole home filter”, it is likely you have a faucet outside just in front (before the water is filtered) of the unit. The pre-filter water is your unchanged municipal water.
If you are on a well, we don’t have a solid solution. Though some of our customers have used antibacterials including iodine and silver. If you are using silver, we recommend a concentrated (500 PPM) so that mere drops go a long way making this much more affordable.
After storing your bottles, the next time you need them, give them another quick rinse. The chlorine that was in the city water should have kept anything from growing in them. We have used the same bottles for a few years without any problems.
If you have any questions or difficulty, please contact us.