The main reason we choose not to put food into the trash is because those scraps are valuable, as food for our chickens and as rich compost! A bonus of not putting food into the trash can, the trash doesn’t smell!
Our priority is to prevent food waste and not have much to throw out but there are peels, seeds, cores and bones that are inedible.
The scraps we do have fall into 3 categories:
- Scraps for chickens
- Scraps for composting
- Other scraps (like bones/cooked foods) which go to a pile in our woods
Starting to compost can be intimidating because there’s the fear of the smell of collecting food scraps in the kitchen. Plus, many people think they need a fancy kitchen collection container and an elaborate composting system outside. You don’t need these things to begin. Composting really can be simple!
Here’s our simple composting system:
We keep a bowl on our kitchen counter to collect scraps to go to compost. We only put peels, seeds, cores and uncooked food into this bowl (no meat or cooked foods).
Once the bowl fills up, it’s time to carry it outside. We dump the bowl an average of once a day (some days we’ll go two days before dumping, other days we fill up two bowls to carry out).
Once the bowl fills, we bring it out to our compost barrel and place it inside the barrel.
We have the barrel to speed up the ‘cooking’ process for our compost but it’s not necessary.
You can just dump your kitchen scraps in a pile outside, you do not need anything fancy and don’t have to spend a dime to start composting!
The compost barrel contains the scraps that are breaking down into rich compost.
If you look closely, you can see scraps of denim and a piece of leather. I cut up a pair of old jeans and a leather notebook cover and am experimenting with composting them!
Underneath our compost barrel is broken down pile of compost. It does not have a bad odor, it just has a rich, earthy odor to it. And, you’ll notice there are things growing in it, I’m pretty sure these are cantaloupe plants which excites me!
Composting really can be simple. All you need is a bowl to collect scraps and a spot in your yard to dump them!