Buckets and Pails

By Michelle Abell, Training Manager at the Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

We recently visited the beautiful Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky. While wondering through one of the old homes, taking in the history we came across a man making buckets and brooms. He told us the Shakers had been known for their quality handcrafted goods.


He also gave us history lesson on the difference between a bucket and a pail. Who knew there was a difference???

Look closely at the photo below. The bucket is on the left. The pail is on the right. Can you see a difference?


The bucket has a wide mouth which is great for holding, capturing and doing task work like mopping. The pail is slightly tapered at the top to hold things in which make it better for carrying liquids. Must be why we grew up hearing “to fetch a pail of water.”

  One thought on “Buckets and Pails

  1. Mike Goman
    November 21, 2015 at 7:49 am

    What is the difference between now pot and pan?

    • November 22, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Great question! We will ask the All in Good Food chefs and get back to you.

    • November 30, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      We did some research and found that pots are typically for liquids while pans tend to be used for sauteing or pan frying food. These uses differ because pots are usually deeper with high sides while pans are fairly shallow. Hope this info helps!

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