My friend Ryan Nevius is really cool. She's an environmentalist (hard-core!) who cares enough to make it simple for the laziest of her friends. (Ahem. That would be me.) Ryan taught me how to compost the easy way, by making the kids do it.
Rachael Ray didn't invent it, but she did give a memorable name and widespread popularity to one of the kitchen tools I can't cook without: the garbage bowl. Let's take a moment to appreciate this humble workhorse of the kitchen.
Bokashi is a method of composting developed in Japan that uses microbes to decompose food, effectively fermenting it so that it doesn't smell as it is breaking down. Besides lack of smell, another advantage with bokashi is that all food, including meat, fish and dairy, can be composed with this system. Bokashi has gotten a lot of attention in large-scale commercial uses, but what about at home?
Composting kitchen scraps is a great way to reduce waste and produce nutritious food for your plants in the process. Even without outdoor space, you can still compost using an indoor system, or through compost pick-up services available in certain cities. Check out our favorite composting buckets and bins, along with a few tips for making the most of your composter.
Composting kitchen scraps reduces material waste, but this way of collecting the scraps also reduces time and energy waste. With a built-in receptacle flush with the countertop, it's so easy to just sweep kitchen scraps right in.
Even though I hate it, the truth is I throw food away. Usually it's something that has gone bad in my fridge or is suspect enough that I don't feel comfortable eating it. My city collects food scraps for compost now, so there's a small bit of relief that the food is going towards something good, but really, if I were to take that up in anyway as a justification, I would be fooling myself.
Do you use a compost crock or slop pail in the kitchen? We love our stainless steel compost pail. We fill it up every week with vegetable trimmings before dumping a full load on the compost heap. It's green and convenient too (love it when it works out like that). But what if you want something warmer than stainless steel? Well, we just noticed this handsome bamboo compost pail.
We have been composting kitchen scraps and garden clippings for awhile now, but Planet Green's recent list of "75 Things You Can Compost, But Thought You Couldn't," opened our eyes to a whole new world of compost possibilities ...
We generate a lot of vegetable scraps and trimmings every week. They all end up the compost pile, eventually, but sometimes we don't have enough to go and dump them right away, and so they sit in an open bowl on the countertop. We got tired of this grimy plastic bowl full of peels, coffee grounds, and bread scraps sitting out in the open, so we went looking for a covered pail.