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. We initially found a lot of listings for a rather expensive compost pail with nice construction and a charcoal filter in the lid. This was just too expensive for us, though.
But then we found these generously-sized steel pails from Lee Valley. They were less than half the cost of the "compost" pail, and they are good for so much more! We love using ours as a scrap bowl and temporary compost heap. We have already put it to use by stuffing it with corn husks and tomato stems, and it's good to be able to cover it with a lid. Much neater, and more sanitary too. (Why offer a free buffet to the fruit flies?)
But it's also multi-use and handsomely made; we could also see cleaning it out and using it to chill a bottle of wine or serve ice.
Do you use a countertop scrap pail or compost bowl? What do you use? Do you have any other good suggestions?
• Find it! Stainless Steel Pails, $19.50-$21.50 at Lee Valley
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