Not having A/C in the house during the warmer months lends to lots of bugs being in the house, and creates a bad situation for kitchen composting.
I tend to put my scraps either right in the worm bag or out in the yard, but I never leave them sit out for long in the kitchen. I found that putting food scraps in the freezer is a good technique for when I’m feeling extra lazy as well.
I’ve decided to revive the first video I made for this website again (time flies!), to show my perspective on having a dedicated kitchen composter:
I don’t think they’re really that necessary, but they look nice. Other than that, I don’t have much to say other than I think the charcoal filter is excessive. I can’t imagine how long it would take to have that container sit in your kitchen unemptied that you have serious decomposition going on.
Bottom line is that if you use one of these that you should empty it weekly at minimum.
Earlier this morning, my new kitchen compost crock showed up at my door. I was so psyched to get this…I think a little too psyched for what seems like a glorified jar.
I’ve used a clear Tupperware container on my counter top for years, and I’ve had people get bummed on it because they can see the contents of it. Personally, I like seeing the compost soup, but whatever. So I thought it would be interesting to get a compost keeper to see if the charcoal filter was worth it or just really excessive. I’ve decided to leave it full of scraps and see how long it takes before it starts smelling…I’ll keep you posted on it.
Anyway, this thing is way bigger than I thought it would be…and it even has a mirror finished top. It’s definitely a “statement” for the kitchen, and I find it pretty funny that I have it. Heck, I even feel kinda good. Weird! So yeah, this thing rules…I approve!
I keep garbage on my kitchen counter and I’m proud of it. Used coffee grinds, tea bags, vegetable peels, leftovers and even some of my junk mail. No, I’m not a disgusting slob, I’m a kitchen composter.
During the winter, it’s not always fun to take food scraps out to the compost heap. Most people keep their compost bins far away from their houses. Usually they’re hidden in a corner of the yard somewhere. This means that you can’t just poke your head outside and toss stuff in. During the winter taking kitchen scraps out to the compost pile definitely becomes a shoes and coat required affair. Buying a Compost Crock is a great way cut down on the wintery treks through snow and ice to your compost bin.
It’s nice to have a container right there on your counter to toss garbage into. Mostly I use it for coffee grinds and egg shells but other kitchen waste stuff would be fine too. Just avoid things like meat and fat. Most crocks kind of look like cookie jars so you won’t mind having it on the your kitchen counter. Some even have a carbon filter in the lid so they don’t even smell bad.
With a kitchen composter you aren’t actually making compost in the crock but it’s a helpful container to store compostables that you’ll eventually take out to your compost bin. And if you don’t have a compost bin, then what are you waiting for? Compost is one of the best things that you could add to your vegetable garden or flower beds. Even indoor plants will benefit from compost being added to their post.
If you’re tired of battling winter weather to get to your compost bin then perhaps a kitchen compost crock is for you. They’re attractive, they don’t smell bad and they can help you compost all year long. -Anthony Tripp
It’s funny to me why kitchen composters exist. They’re there when you’re not able to go outside and dispose of the food scraps yourself. As soon as I think of colder months, I think of my kitchen compost crock. Whether or not you get one with a filter, it should do the trick just fine. I use one with a filter and I haven’t changed it like I was supposed to…still no problems with smell. Then again, who changes their Brita filter when they’re supposed to?