My Inexpensive Handy Kitchen Compost Bowl ~ I have been collecting kitchen scraps for the garden compost for many years! There are a lot of pros for collecting and composting your kitchen scraps but there are a few cons too! Let me explain…
Pros for collecting kitchen scraps for the compost:
- My garden plants love the compost that I make and dig into the soil. It’s filled with all kinds of natural nutrients that the plants benefit from.
- It’s also one of my small contributions to help our precious environment by keeping the kitchen scraps out of the landfill site.
Cons for collecting kitchen scraps for the compost:
- It’s extra work. It’s a multi-step process because not only do you have to collect the scraps, but you also actually have to take the scraps to the garden compost bin.
- The compost bowl is an extra item to keep clean. I have to admit it’s easier to just throw the scraps into the waste bin and be done with it.
- The kitchen scraps can get smelly in your kitchen if left too long before being put outside in the compost bin.
- It can bring bugs into your kitchen especially those pesky fruit flies.
My solution for an…
Inexpensive Handy Kitchen Compost Bowl
I have tried numerous kinds of kitchen compost bowls and/or pails over the years. They were different sizes, shapes and made from different materials. I tried everything from reused ice cream pails to pricier pails specially designed for collecting kitchen scraps.
I have learned that it doesn’t have to be a fancy expensive item to do the job. What I have discovered through trial and error is a good container for collecting kitchen scraps for the compost should have the following:
- Be made of stainless steel because plastic gets very smelly over time.
- Be a good size to be able to collect a days worth of kitchen scraps. Just get into a routine of emptying the container on a daily basis.
- Not be too heavy or cumbersome to carry back and forth to the garden compost bin or your curbside pickup recycle bin I know some communities have.
- Have a tight fitting lid to keep the bugs away. I prefer one that is detachable. I once had a compost pail with an attached lid and it was a hassle to clean.
- Look fairly decorative in your kitchen and can easily be stored away elsewhere when not being used.
- Be inexpensive because it’s just for collecting kitchen scraps… not for storing expensive jewelry or crystal.
I prefer a bowl to a pail just because it’s easier carry and clean. This is my inexpensive handy compost bowl. It’s just a medium-sized stainless steel mixing bowl with a red plastic lid that I bought at Canadian Tire. I think I paid about $10.00 for the a set of three bowls so the estimated cost was about $3.00! I have been using it for about five years so that’s pretty inexpensive! It’s by far the best one I have ever used to collect my kitchen scraps!
I know these may come across as little details to consider when picking out a kitchen compost bowl. But my opinion is if you have something that is handy to use, was inexpensive to buy, really works and doesn’t look too bad sitting on the kitchen counter you are more likely to actually use it to collect your kitchen scraps and make your own compost. But if it starts to get smelly, is a hassle to keep clean, is one more expensive thing to buy and looks unsightly in your kitchen, you are less likely to make good use of it!
Now this doesn’t look too bad sitting on my kitchen counter and when I am not using I just store it away in the pantry.
I love composting! I know… maybe that’s a bit strange. But I find it fascinating how a bowl of coffee grounds, apple cores, carrot scrapings and potato peelings will eventually turn to a rich nutritious amendment for the soil. I can just imagine the garden plants soaking in all of that yumminess. Next up on the blog will be how I compost! Stay tuned!
Now it’s your turn. Do you collect kitchen scraps for the compost? If so, what do you use? I know there are lots of possibilities and would love to hear your thoughts!
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