I realise that a kitchen compost crock might not be the most exciting thing in the world. I was also a bit unsure as to whether I would even be allowed to write about it here at BIG Granite – but the boss said since it collects stuff that then heads on out to the yard for composting I am allowed!
I bought a one gallon stainless steel model, made by Norpro and I must say it has to be the best compost pail I could have chosen. Here’s why I love it so much…
I used to use bowls or old plastic containers to collect kitchen scraps and it meant either leaving them over-flowing all evening, or else having to go out into the yard to empty them a few times a day (we cook a lot!). With a one gallon pail we never need to take it out more than once a day, and often only every other day which is great if its raining out!
No More Smells!
Now, if you are super organised and happy to head to the back yard whenever you have any kitchen scraps, you won’t know what I’m talking about. But back at our house those scraps could easily be left sitting on the countertop for a while. That means things start to get a bit smelly, and the flies find out about all the edible goodies you’ve been collecting – not good!
With its tight-fitting lid and charcoal filters your nose simply won’t know those kitchen scraps are there.
Also the fact that the pail itself is made of stainless steel, means that it doesn’t smell either. If you use plastic bowls you will know that they quickly absorb the not particularly pleasant odor of quietly decomposing vegetable peelings.
To be honest, I think some of the ceramic crocks are far more pretty but I have to take into account all the clumsy males in my home, so a stainless steel model that seems virtually indestructible is a far more practical choice.
I bought the best compost pail online, and it was a bargain. Well, honestly I thought it a little extravagant at the time, spending nearly $40 on something just to collect scraps. But it was much cheaper than in my local stores, and Norpro is one of the best value crocks on the market anyway.
And if you are as frugal as I am, you can save even more money. The filters are just like those used in cooker hoods – so buy a cheap one of those and cut circles to size to fit your crock – it works out much cheaper than buying special compost pail filters.
This is not something I thought about when I bought mine. But having a crock sat on the counter reminds the rest of the family to recycle their scraps. It means less nagging from me which is good! Also I have been surprised by how many visitors have asked what it is. That of course brings up the topic of composting kitchen waste and I have been pleasantly surprised to find I have encouraged a few friends to start recycling more of their scraps too.
There you go – why I really do love my kitchen compost collector!