Yup, that’s right. Composting cooked food has since been on our radar when we realised that adding hay as a covering seemed to work wonders in preventing smells and pests.

So the first thing we grabbed for this daring experiment was some leftover fried fish from dinner.

Notice in the video how Joe added more hay to the top. We wanted to be a lil more cautious since we’re composting cooked food for the first time. Besides, a good hay covering keeps smells and pests far faaar away! (At least that’s what we are keeping our fingers crossed for.)

If you are generally new to composting and wondering what all this big hoo-ha’s about… Well, composting cooked food is quite a “taboo” of sorts. That’s because it contains oils and other factors that may lead to odours and attract pests and rodents.

Bones also take forever to break down. But Joe said, “The compost could do with some calcium.” 😉

Last but not least, if Joseph Jenkins could prevent smells and pests simply by covering his humanure (human manure) with hay, why not for small compost bins like ours that don’t even have a hint of hamster droppings?

Excited about the results? We are! Stay tuned for updates. 🙂

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6 responses »

  1. Casey says:

    Hello!Does this method work? Does it work for cooked meats too?:)

    • Hi there Casey! It surprisingly did well, but we can’t say for sure with regards to other types of cooked food like rice, pasta, chicken with bones etc. As we were concerned that overly composting cooked food might attract rodents (thus annoying our neighbours and ourselves), we haven’t (yet) gone forth with similar experiments since the fried fish 😉

      But yes, composting fried fish worked for us, albeit a slight odour effect at one point. But we solved it quickly hay. We also believe that there weren’t any pests because we only composted a small amount of cooked food (as seen in the video). The small amount made it very manageable for us. If you have a sizeable garden or backyard, we believe composting cooked food would be much more effective and hassle-free in a bigger composting capacity. Our bins are too small to encourage a “hotter” (hence more effective) composting environment!

      Hope this helps 🙂

  2. Leonard says:

    Hi Michelle, this is Leonard.

    This is really a great blog on composting here in Singapore.

    Just read this post on composting cooked food. Bokashi composting came to mind.
    Any experience on this?

    Also, would wood shavings be considered for an odor cover in place of hay? Not so much to be mixed with the compost, but more as a cover.

    Many thanks for this wonderful blog.
    Leonard

    • Hi Leonard! Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving us a comment! It sure brightens our day to know that our personal sharings on composting have helped you in a meaningful way 🙂

      In our opinion, Bokashi composting is the easiest form of indoor household composting. It simply functions in a small and portable plastic bin, and it a closed-lid (i.e. airtight) type of composting. This means no smells, no flies, and everything happens very discreetly in a small container that you can easily keep in any corner of your home (i.e. under the kitchen sink, storeroom etc)

      It also composts cooked food well and efficiently (i.e. fried food, pasta, bread etc).

      However, Bokashi composting only completes its composting process when you bury the eventual yogurt-like material underground in soil. This enables the composted Bokashi material to fully integrate into soil as both soil and fertiliser, instead of remaining in its yogurt-like state inside the bin. This would be helpful if you have a backyard, school garden, community centre garden etc.

      You would also require to purchase the bacteria needed to turn the waste into the aforementioned yogurt-like material. A helpful note would be that this bacteria can be reused again and again, i.e. instead of completely emptying the bin of yogurt material into the soil after the composting process, you can retain some of the yogurt material and use it to compost a new batch of waste.

      Lastly, wood shavings is a possible alternative to hay in terms of an odour cover. The important thing is that these shavings must be fine enough to cover the top of the compost completely. With large and bulky wood shavings, part of the compost will still be exposed to the surroundings, and may end up smelling.

      Hope this helps! Feel free to ping us again if you have more enquiries or require some clarification! 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Lim says:

    Hello, is this successful?
    Where do i buy Bokashi in singapore?

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