I compost allot of meat, and I'll usually get rid of a gallon of used cooking oil over a 1 cubic meter or more heap. I've switched to worm composting for the moment so I can make potting soil from the castings, currently I store the meat in the freezer for a real good hot compost in the winter or burn it for bonemeal when I'm in the mood to tolerate allot of smoke. I'm trying to refine tlud stove so it burn's hot enough to double burn smoke so I'm not stinking up the neighbourhood with sizzling rotten bones.
Wait, is it really okay to compost any food I have?
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The main idea, however, is simple: with the proper balance of "greens" and "browns" (which might take on a different meaning in this context), you can indeed compost anything.
A well built or large heap, or a heap which is some distance from delicate noses would not have this problem. Anything that was once alive-plant, animal, microbe can be composted. I've seen entire calves composted. I just turned a heap to which I had added a possum and some poultry several months ago-no sign of them.
If you live in a densely populated area and wish to compost meat, oil, and dairy items, I recommend you place these items deep in the heap and cover them well. If the heap is good and hot, the stuff will be consumed within a week or two.
They don't, wont, and can't smell a working compost as a source of food because it's 50 C and too hot to dig up. People who profess to stick to a lettuce leaf compost are catering to the lowest form of compost which is a pile of garbage that's not composting.
Meat goes in the corner, on the next turn it's not meat anymore. If your compost doesn't reach 50c by the 4th to 8th day, then what you have is a garbage pile that's going to need one of those ridiculous amounts of time like 6 months, and won't be very good in the end.
That is the simple answer... A compost pile can take less good foods and make better compost than the food quality. However, there are some chemicals that can't be composted because they remain in the form they are used in the food... like preservatives for example. These are designed to kill those things that compost food.
My 2 cents anyway.
You can rotate areas and eventually plant into. Just an idear. I've had pretty good piles which reached 180f that a few bears we're curious about here in the blue ridge foothills, as their noses are just that good from time to time! They're stocking up on grubs at the moment for the winter time.
yeah, good call.. I goto the community bioconversion centre in town where they have compost piles that are 30-40feet tall and 200 yards long. At the bottom of each if you dig around with your shovel a bit you'll find a number of complete animal skeletons ;- ). If you've got a industrial grinder, you can make a nice fine bonemeal, which my friend in town has done a # of times.
Brenda Groth wrote:
i generally ..if I can't feed it to the animals, dig a hole and bury it...also do that with animal carcasses etc..in the garden as they'll feed the soil as they rot
Just for a different view of this "problem"...
Let's say we get into a really difficult economic situation, and food gets prohibitively expensive, ditto with fertilizer.
The smell that attracts all those "unwanted" visitors/animals, is really attracting more fertilizer. That's what guns and traps are for.
Steve Solomon's "Gardening When it Counts" describes gathering road kill as an emergency fertilizer product.
Life needs a little bit of salt. The little bit you sprinkle on your food that ends up in the compost heap won't hurt a thing, will probably help a little. To do damage to your soil, you need to spread salt around like chemical fertilizer.
I've got a 50# mineral block in the back field for the bull. It has melted just a little from the light rain of the past few weeks. There are weeds growing next to it.
I live in So. Oregon and in the spring the BSF comes in when it warms and leaves when it cools. This year I attracted them with fermenting corn. You can find out more about them at http://blacksoldierflyblog.com/
Anybody else have experience with this very cool composter?
i buried them next to the compost pile and only covered the pickles (worst smell ever!). no smell the day after. no city critters dug up the pickles. the soil keeps it's secrets!
i say bury it!!!
and only "a few little" white bones remain.
I think most food (and dead ducks) will compost just fine if they can remain aerated
so that the process remains "hot" and does not get
to the groundwater before fully composted.
I find that amazing..
Sabyan, I beg to differ. I've slow composted alot when I've not been in a hurry and haven't had the ability to turn the compost. I take care with how I build the compost and it's certainly not a garbage pile. I end up with good compost at the end of the process. I've put dead rats in those composts, as well as fat/oils, dairy and occasionally meat, and not had a problem, but I think the ratio of dead animal/meat to compost size is important if I don't want live rats, dogs etc.
Hope you have fun reusing your waste!
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