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Post  No_Such_Reality on 10/9/2017, 10:21 am

Oi did some simple searching and didn't see an answer and get mixed info off the internet.  Pretty simple question, can I dump a jar of unused spaghetti sauce into my cold compost heap?

I've seen stuff saying no acidic stuff, I wouldn't think twice about throwing tomatoes or anything else that goes into sauce into the heap so don't think pouring a jar in should matter.  I'm kind of thinking it's like citrus, not too much and you're okay.  

I have a bin that is basically full and ready to just sit a while and starting a new one so I don't want to pour it in the new one, and at the same time not sure if I want to top off the old one with the sauce.  Basically I have about a quart from two jars we left in the fridge instead of freezing like we normally do.

On a second item, I have bone broth in my freezer that I need to throw out, it was made with good pasture chicken bones but unfortunately are it and started the big sick cycle right after.  One of those psychological 'it's contaminated' things where I figure I was doing all the handling to package and freeze when I was probably very contagious.

Since I was sick I don't want to put it in the compost bin but if I wasn't and I had dispose of some for some reason, can bone broth go in the compost?

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 10/9/2017, 11:53 am

I'd say yes on the tomato sauce, but try to mix it with something to help soak up the moisture. My understanding about the warning about acidic foods in compost is that it's more about the worms' preferences than the bacteria/fungi.

I don't know about the bone broth. It seems plain gelatin is ok: http://www.knoxgelatine.com/gelatine.htm
But the other proteins and fats might stink as they rot...
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Post  Kelejan on 10/9/2017, 4:50 pm

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:I'd say yes on the tomato sauce, but try to mix it with something to help soak up the moisture. My understanding about the warning about acidic foods in compost is that it's more about the worms' preferences than the bacteria/fungi.

I don't know about the bone broth. It seems plain gelatin is ok: http://www.knoxgelatine.com/gelatine.htm
But the other proteins and fats might stink as they rot...

I agree with the tomato sauce being OK, and as animals die in the wild and they consist of bones and fat and eventually they return to the earth and are absorbed. then I think that will be alright as well.  Just make sure they are well buried in the compost pile.
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Post  plantoid on 10/11/2017, 4:48 pm

Yes compost it , dilute it in a bucket of just over hand hot eater then popur it over the compost , so it's not in a big dollop that will attract vermin before it rots down
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/11/2017, 9:52 pm

Not sure about animal material....I don’t.

I would definitely do the tomato sauce.  I dont worry about the pH.  They figure it out.
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Post  No_Such_Reality on 10/11/2017, 10:50 pm

Dumped it in undiluted later tha day.  Dump another bowl of kitchen scraps in today.  It's already all blended in, no muss, no fuss, and just the normal circle of life in the bin

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