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New Bucket Orders

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 The 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.

64 ounce empty bottleNow 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.

If you have any difficulty, please contact us.

11 thoughts on “New Bucket Orders

  1. I learned and understand that thawing and freezing again is not a good thing. What do you say?

    1. We had an independent laboratory test our product after re-freeaing. The results were excellent. Refreezing will preserve the integrity of the product much better than keeping it in the refrigerator. Furthermore, it preserves without using chemical preservatives.

  2. Greetings,
    Why do you discourage using glass bowls, bottles to freeze?

    1. We’ve had too many people ask us to replace their aloe when it broke their glass from expanding when freezing.

  3. Do I just refreeze the containers it came in? After I get them?

    1. You can. Some people pour it into smaller containers and refreeze to take out as needed.

  4. Can I use glass mason jars if I leave plenty of room for expansion?

    1. I wouldn’t. Aloe expands more than other liquids. I’ve had many customers get upset that we didn’t warn them even though it is all over our website.

  5. I am thinking like leaving a 1/2 inch or inch of space to allow the expansion of the glass

  6. I found this on the web: A few things are important when freezing liquids in glass jars:

    The liquid should be cold.
    You must leave head room at the top of the liquid — a couple inches, or to be safe don’t fill above the 800ml line (for a quart
    jar). Liquid expands a lot when frozen, so you need to leave room for that expansion, or the jar can explode under the pressure (a safe-guard is to leave the lids off until the liquid is completely frozen — good to do if you have a level freezing surface).

    Don’t freeze liquids in jars larger than a quart. Something about the liquid expansion and the size of the jars makes half-gallon and gallon-sized jars much more likely to break.

    Just read in an Urban Garden magazine that using straight-sided (i.e., wide-mouth) jars is safer than using jars w/ shoulders, as the curved glass is weaker.

    1. The problem with these guides is that they don’t account for aloe expanding more than water.

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