Food blogger, television chef and cookbook author, Jaden Hair recently incorporated some of BLANCO’s products into her stunning home kitchen remodel. Jaden’s awe-inspiring new space boasts an open atmosphere, a fun wall mural and with the help of the BLANCO SOLON™, a convenient and mess-free place for one of her favorite family activities, composting.
Learn more about Jaden’s experience with composting using her BLANCO SOLON in her guest post below.
For the past 18 years, I’ve been an avid composter. When we lived in San Francisco, we had a pretty sizable garden, growing as many leafy greens as possible. The soil there wasn’t the best, it was so rocky that not much grew without help of fertilizer or bagged soil. But we had a little 2-seater car (this was B.C. before children) and trips to the nursery to get bags of compost quickly became tedious.
Instead, we began composting, throwing kitchen scraps into a plastic bucket hidden underneath the kitchen sink. This was before compostable bags were popular, so our efforts were messy and smelly. Three boxes of baking soda surrounded the compost bucket, to try to mitigate the smell.
During our recent kitchen transformation, we worked with Blanco to install an in-counter composting bucket made out of stainless steel and sealed tightly with a rubber gasket. Our kitchen scraps go straight from cutting board into the composting bin. The beautifully designed lid sits flush with the counter, so it blends right in with the kitchen. Pair the bucket with compostable bags, and there’s no mess or smell at all. Once every few days, we’ll lift out the bucket, bundle up the compostable bag and toss the entire bag into the compost bin outside.
Composting is so simple. I tell my kids that you can compost anything a rabbit would eat, plus paper products, lint and coffee. Here’s a full list of what you can compost. We also have a micro paper shredder for our junk mail and any uncoated paper products. Every time we take a load to the compost bin, we’ll also empty out the paper shredder bin to the compost. Together, the food waste, paper and garden clippings make the most lush compost. There’s nothing like growing your own vegetables with nothing but good, “homegrown” compost free of chemicals.
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