Kitchen composting made easy for you! Green Blizzard shows you that starting a composting practice at home isn’t really that time consuming or difficult – especially when you’re eating fresh veggies, fruits, and root vegetables like you tell your doctor you regularly consume. Almost anytime of the year there are plenty of fresh veggies and fruits available, all of which create a lot of kitchen scraps.
The best reasons to compost is that it saves you time, money, and reduces your carbon footprint. Once it becomes a habit of throwing the scraps in a compost bin instead of the trash can, you’ll be on your way to less trash; less for your town to haul away; and more “black gold” to feed your garden next year instead of buying bags of compost.
Basically you carbon footprint is reduced by eliminating all the intermediate hauling; hauling it to the dump and moved around or incinerated, and then all the transportation energy spent when you buy processed compost in large bags from your local garden store. Save it the trip by keeping it close at hand and it will prove to be another way to whittle down your carbon footprint.
All you really need is a convenient, air tight, accessible container to collect the scraps. Plastics work for a while, but eventually get stained and smelly. So we eventually broke-down and bought a nice looking metal or ceramic container that can regally sit upon the kitchen counter for easy access. In Green Blizzard’s company kitchen, we have tried and tested this 1.5 gallon stainless steel jumbo compost keeper by Norpro. It has served us well and should continue to do so for years to come.
A few of our favorites are the Norpro 1 Gallon Ceramic Compost Keeper, Red, or the WHT Compost Keeper, or the Exaco Trading ECO-2000 2.4 Gallon Kitchen Compost Waste Collector
If styling is more important this ceramic crock is nicely decorated and does the same, just in a prettier way; Hand Painted Ceramic, Tuscany European Fruit Kitchen Compost CrockK
Consider one of these presentable and functional containers. Accessibility and durability are key that why these options are best our opinion.
Or, if you are not ready to make an investment in a compost bin just yet, you can simply buy a plastic air tight container to accumulate the vegetable and fruit scraps. Plastics work really well for a while, but eventually get stained by the food scraps. Be forewarned, its a little messy and stinky, if you let it sit for a week in your container. Best to dump it outside in your recycling bin every few days, even before its full.
Just be sure to put whichever container you select in an accessible spot and then start accumulating all those salad preparation cuttings: stems, brown lettuce leafs, melon rinds, any spent greens and fresh spices, coffee grounds, and any other non-cooked fresh food scrap.
Be sure not to include any meats, plate scrapings, pet excrement, and any cooked food, of course. Some resources say that raw meat scraps are fine. The biggest surprise, is how quickly your little container will fill and how much it weighs.
My family of four generates 8-10 pounds of kitchen scraps weekly on average, and its shot up the last few weeks with melon rinds, corn husks and other bulky fresh food scraps. I have a small compost bin behind a bush in the garden and am always amazing at how quickly it shrinks – after all most of the mass in these scraps is water.
Using your browser, just search on “composting tips” for precise composting tips. Here’s one composting website that we found helpful. Give it a try and get started this week. With all the seasonal vegetable and fruits hitting your kitchen table, now is the opportune time to get into the habit. It’s surprising simple and you’re garden will be enjoying a sprinkling of rich “black” gold next spring. A few other Green Blizzard articles that you may find useful: Composting During the Fall and Winter, Is Composting Worth The Time and Money?, Carbon Footprint of Food Waste, and Should I Drink Green Beer?