This Hack Makes Composting at Home So Much Easier

Most people new to composting find that there are a number of nuisances that are difficult to avoid. Odor, fruit flies, countless trips to the bin in the backyard…in the beginning, all this can be enough to make even the most dedicated want to give up.

But what would you say if I told you there was a single solution that could take care of all three of these problems? All you need is a freezer!

Stashing your food scraps in the freezer might sound weird, but it’s actually a great way to keep all those organic discards from ending up stinky and bug-ridden. Simply locate a bin (this could be an old coffee can, a 3-quart trash can, reusable silicon bags ó anything, really) that you don’t mind relegating to the freezer, and place it on a shelf where it can be easily accessed.

When the bin gets full, all you have to do is empty it in your pile and give your empty freezer bin a rinse. The organics will already be well on their way to decomposing and you’ll have been able to avoid the trek to the pile for at least a week, if not more!

What makes this method so great?

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1. Minimal to no odor

Frozen organic matter does not interact with its environment the way it would were it on the kitchen counter. Open the freezer and all you’ll smell is icy freshness! Bonus tip: Struggling to keep everything tidy? Lay a flexible cutting board underneath your freezer bin to catch any escaped scraps.

2. Zero†pests

Common pests like fruit flies and maggots will steer clear of your freezer. They don’t want to be in there any more than you do!†Freezing scraps will also kill any insect larva that may be in the food.

3. A convenient location

It takes next to no effort to drop a banana peel or pile of carrot shavings into a bin just steps from where you created them. Keep your bin in the freezer and you won’t have to tromp out to the backyard every five minutes just to drop your scraps off for decomposition.

4. Quicker decomposition

Speaking of decomposition…did you know that the act of freezing actually breaks down the cell walls of organic material? It’s true! When that newly dumped bin of scraps thaws in your pile (or in your city’s pile), it’ll already be much closer to becoming the black gold you know it can be.

How to apply frozen scraps by composting method.

If you have a traditional pile:

Keep doing what you’re doing. Freezing kitchen scraps will help stretch the time between trips out to the compost pile. Sometimes that’s all the motivation you need!

If you†use bokashi:

Frozen scraps can be added to your bokashi bucket, no problem. Just make sure you’re still layering with “browns”†ó a.k.a. dry, high-carbon materials like newspaper, brown paper bag shreds, sawdust, etc.

If you†send scraps out for collection:

Again, keep doing what you’re doing. Compost collectors won’t have any issue with frozen scraps. The only consideration here is that you get the bin out a few minutes ahead of pick-up time so you don’t have to struggle to dump a frozen-together lump of scraps into your collection bin.

If you have a worm bin / vermicomposter:

If you are using a vermicomposter to manage your kitchen scraps, adding the scraps directly to the bin as you make them may still be your best bet ó don’t want to overwhelm those worms! Still want to save scraps in the freezer? Just make sure you thaw them before adding them to the worm tray.

81 comments

Richard B
Richard B6 days ago

Thank you

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Hannah K
Hannah K8 days ago

thanks

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hELEN hEARFIELD
hELEN hEARFIELD13 days ago

tyfs

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Renata B
Renata B16 days ago

Some articles on Care 2 are so weird, like the one to make compost (or was it soil?) tea: beautiful idea per se, but that creates a lot of spent soil and what do we do with it? LOL maybe we put it on the ground and pour the tea on it!

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Renata B
Renata B16 days ago

No way really! Apart from the fact that our freezer is always full to the brim or nearly, certainly it doesn't have an empty shelf! (It would be a big waste of energy to keep a freezer half empty!), I would find it pretty awful and smelly. Then one has to waste more energy when pulling out the contents of the freezer and clean it and it is not good for the frozen food to go in and out of it. We have a ceramic bin on the worktop near the sink and my husband took it to the end of the garden a couple of times a week (more if necessary, it depends on how full it is) and he empties it. Much easier all in all and certainly more hygienic.

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Elizabeth M
Elizabeth M18 days ago

thanks for this

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Elizabeth M
Elizabeth M18 days ago

noted

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David C
David C19 days ago

thanks

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Christine Stewart

thanks

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Barbara M
Barbara S24 days ago

Thank you

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