2.26.2010

Scrappy...


My birthday is next week and, much to his surprise, I've asked PRH for a compact composter. I like how this one looks, but it received bad reviews. I think this one sounds pretty good. After reading the book No Impact Man this week I've been inspired to live greener than we already do. The book is fascinating...I read it in less than two days (and that's with two children less than three years old) and have started reading it again. Does anyone out there use a compact kitchen composter that they'd recommend?

*BTW, I already know you can make them using milk jugs, but I'm looking for something odor-free that can hang out in the kitchen and that can eventually move with us. I'm OK with worms.

8 comments:

Vicki @ Piccolo Takes All said...

My husband and I both grew up in gardening families, so when we got married, we made it a priority to compost, even though we live in a city. Yet, that priority has never extended to coming up with a solution for storing our kitchen scraps before we take them outside to the composter/pile.

Case in point: Right now, I'm looking at four GladWare containers filled with egg shells, coffee grinds, and carrot peels. Granted, it's worse in the winter, when we don't want to go out in the cold, but it's certainly not aestheticly pleasing.

I like the one from William-Sonoma...in theory. I've also seen the same one in stainless steel, but the ceramic seems like it would be easier to keep clean. Although now that I'm reading some of the negative reviews, I can see what they are saying about the lip being bothersome. Coffee grinds are probably the worst culprit for making a container hard to clean out – they are small, wet particles – so they stick.

As far as the other one goes, I have no experience with anaerobic fermentation composting. But it looks like it's probably twice the volume of the other one, which is nice. If I had the space under my sink, I would try to mount it to a cabinet door, and would just bring it out to the compost pile when it's full.

Hopefully there was something in that blather that helped you! Either way, I'm not an expert, but I'd be glad to address any questions you may have.

Diana said...

I really love ours.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000T8DJYC/ref=oss_product

There is no stink with the lid on. It is easy to wash, lightweight, dumps out easily and smoothly, and has a close-fitting lid with a filter. The only thing I wonder about is that if you have wet food piled too high, I imagine it get smushed into the filter.

mims said...

I highly recommend a compost drawer tricked out with a 16 quart plastic bin with lid. Or whatever size will fit in a drawer, ideally directly under your cutting board area. Then you can swipe your trimmings straight into the bin, no muss, no fuss.

I empty every 2-3 days into our outdoor compost bin, rinse with teh hose, line with a paper towel and start all over. See here.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/greenjewls/257398690/

We used to use a bin like the one pictured on the countertop, but if you are high volume fruit/veggie consumers it is too small to be practical. Hope this helps.

Pins + Paper said...

My grandmother has one almost like this and it always tricks me into thinking it's home decor, it looks so nice!

~ Kristen

Eliza said...

We've been doing anaerobic composting with bokashi for about a year now and are complete converts! We have two white buckets in our kitchen very similar to the Happy Farmer one you linked to (except that we made them ourselves out of 5-gal farmer buckets). It's not as pretty as the ceramic or stainless steel bins, but they sure hold a lot and don't smell. I would definitely recommend it - especially because the "compost tea" made our garden (especially my roses) bigger than I've ever ever seen before.

run-amokwithme.blogspot.com said...

I have the one like in the photo (in stainless steel) I rather like the size. And so far haven't had to change the carbon filter. It's just the right size so that by the time I can no longer cram one more scrap, it is just starting to smell. (which of corse depends on how long it takes one to cram it full of scraps).

Round Rabbit said...

I simply use a small galvanized garbage can with a lid. It's not fancy but it holds a lot more than the decorative ones (which I would fill up in about two seconds). And I have never had an odor problem. But I have to say, I doubt there would be any odor problems with those small ones since they hold so little and have to be emptied so quickly. So my thought is that any with a carbon filter are a total waste of money. Vegetable matter doesn't smell (even eggshells are pretty tame) unless it's been sitting for a very long time and chances are good that you won't let that happen. :)

Miss Bee said...

I have the one that you pictured-- the white ceramic one, and haven't had any problems. I highly suggest getting one with a filter. We used to have a gallon sized plastic one that fit on the door under the sink and slid on and off for emptying. THAT was great, however, with much use, the plastic lid eventually lost it "clasp," and we got fruit flies. Not great. It is definitely a set back to have a smaller one, it needs to be emptied quite a lot more, and the filter does get a little funky when we let the food rise too high. BUT. It works for us and is not stinky with the lid on.

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