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Wooden crates (food grade?)

Posted by oregon_veg 8 (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 11, 06 at 13:36

Here's a strange question.
I have been looking for food grade crates to buy for storing
lots of veggies. I mentioned this to an old woodworking
friend and he mentioned having tons of scrap wood and he would be more than happy to make me a bunch for free.
I questioned whether it needed to be a food grade wood and he just shrugged it off. So my question.
How do I know what kind of woods are safe to use for direct contact with food? I mean, if they're gonna be free, I won't have to buy any. He has all different kinds of wood he could use.


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RE: Wooden crates (food grade?)

Dont fuss so much.

RE: Wooden crates (food grade?)

I'd just make sure that you are not using treated wood or old pallet wood.

All woods can be sprayed with a bleach solution.

For longevity you may want to try cedar, cypurus, or redwood...

RE: Wooden crates (food grade?)

I agree with hmeadq. Avoid treated wood. I'm going to use tamarack milled from trees on our farm just as soon as the boards finish drying.

RE: Wooden crates (food grade?)

Sorry so long to respond.
Been on vacation.
Thanks for the suggestions.

BTW, Organic Nut,
Really Intelligent and helpful advice.


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