A Crock of Convenience
I’m kind of a cheapskate. At least that’s what my family tells me. The fact is, I don’t like to buy stuff for the sake of buying stuff. I’d rather use that money to build infrastructure around the home (like making it more energy efficient), or to pay off the mortgage way ahead of schedule. While I will lay out cash for an “experience” like travel or a show, my threshold for buying “stuff” is pretty low. I don’t need a nifty-looking compost crock with special carbon filters when a perfectly good tin container I found at a yard sale for .50 cents will do the trick.
But the thing is…
It wasn’t doing the trick. The lid sealed tightly, which created an anaerobic environment in which really nasty, smelly stuff likes to breed. Even with the optimal green-to-brown, nitrogen-to-carbon ratios it would smell up the kitchen every time you opened it. But I could live with that. It’s compost after all. It’s rotting food. It’s supposed to smell bad right? But the real deal-killer was that you needed two hands to open it: One to hold the bottom of the container and the other to pull the lid. I only have two hands so how am I supposed to hold the compost and put it in if they’re both occupied with other tasks? It sounds like a tiny little problem, but after doing that for years, several times every day, it became a problem worth fixing. Enter: The Kitchen Compost Crock From Gaiam.
One of the perks of having a blog, and of having worked for awesome companies, is that I get to review stuff from time to time. This time I was given a compost crock to review. So yes, there’s the disclaimer, but everything I’m writing is true. My good opinion can’t be “bought”.
So I have this new compost crock and I have to say it is a huge improvement over our old method. You don’t think it’s a big deal to have to hold down the canister with one hand and lift off the lid with the other; then put down the lid and pick up the compost to put into the container. But it’s one of those tiny inconveniences that just add up over time. Our new compost crock base is heavy enough, and the lid light enough, that I can lift it with one hand and the base stays put. This way I can hold the food scraps in my other hand. And you don’t think a little smell is a big deal until you have a solution that does away with it. The carbon filter may or may not do much for the smell. I think what it does instead is allow air to flow without letting fruit flies and other bugs in. This creates an aerobic environment, which is what we all strive for with our composting efforts. No bugs. No Stink. No hassle.
The one downside to this product is price. Would I have shelled out $42 for the ceramic compost crock if it wasn’t given to me for free to review? Hmmm… probably not, to be honest. I’m a cheapskate. Remember? My advice is for you to make one of these or ask for a compost crock as a gift instead: Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas, Wedding, Homewarming… From now on I’m just asking for gift cards so I can buy stuff that I find useful. Lord knows we’ve given enough assorted toxic bath product baskets to Goodwill over the years. Missy and I have both agreed that from now on, except perhaps on special anniversaries, we’re getting each other stuff that we need. I don’t need a Kindle. I need socks and overalls. Yea I could have gone without the new compost crock, but it’s a huge improvement and is actually allowing me to compost much more than I used to (Guilty: sometimes I wouldn’t feel like dealing with the old one and would just toss scraps in the trash).