I use Gamma-Seal Lids
on my six-gallon storage buckets. Once the bucket is opened, these lids make it very handy to use the goods inside without all the old cussing, prying, fingernail-tearing routine you have to go through with the lids the buckets arrive with.
The Gamma-Seal consists of a ring you snap (or gently hammer) around the bucket rim, then a well-made twist-off lid that fits into the ring.
Now, the rosy part said, can one of you handi-dandy figurer-outers help me? Once the bucket is empty, I may want to use it for something else. Sometimes the Gamma-Seal ring is loose enough that you can just grab it and pull it off. But I've been out on my deck this afternoon fighting with one that won't come off even with pry bars and wedges. Any brilliant ideas?
The smart thing might have been to simply re-load the bucket with food and not try to remove the Gamma-Seal. But I've already used the bucket for gravel-toting. So that's out.