I just bought several 5 gal buckets with lids from Lowe's. They are silver in color and go for 2.68. The lids were 1.78. These were originaly purchased to pack with pre-packaged food just to keep them safe, more or less. I did notice that right next to them they had some white buckets that said "food grade". They were about two bucks higher in total. I wondered if the silver ones were food grade or not so I called the company's number on the lid. The customer service rep stated that the silver buckets are in fact food safe as well. She stated that the release agent is the same and that due to the color they are not allowed to call them "food grade" even though they are still "food safe". That sounds like a much cheaper alternative to me, and maybe they won't stick out as much as the white ones during transport, etc. My question is does anyone else know anything about using this type of bucket. I'm still a little skeptical and would value a second opinion. Thanks ahead of time for any advice. Y'all have a good 'un.