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Jams in the compost


Question: Jams in the compost


Maybe it's a silly question, but I have several jars of jams made by my mom who died 22 years ago, can I put them in the compost hole in my garden? otherwise I throw them?
thanks hello Laura

Answer: Jams in the compost


Dear Laura,
It is always good to avoid throwing in the garbage something that can be recycled in some way; the composter is an excellent resource to immediately remove all the organic waste we produce in the kitchen from the waste basket, which in addition, after a brief passage in the bin, often also emits an unpleasant decomposition odor; therefore, if we can, we try to put as much as possible into the composter in the garden, and within a few months we will also have an excellent fertilizing soil, to be used in the garden or in pots. There is a problem though: when we put something in the composter we must always try to produce a balanced mixture, and therefore avoid putting large quantities of the same product into the compost. So, if you have 2-3 jars of old jam, now no longer edible, you can mix them with the first layer of compost that you already have, without worrying. If instead you have large quantities of old jars of jam, try to insert one or two at a time in the compost, leaving a few weeks to pass, then putting others. Otherwise risks, as the first thing that flies and wasps find the sweet and fragrant booty, and you colonize the composter, with obvious problems of various kinds (for this reason, always try to put the jam by mixing it with the first layer of compost already present, and maybe cover it all with soil or garden soil). In addition to this, the high sugar content of the jams, in addition to creating large lumps in the compost, can lead to the rapid fermentation of the same, with alcohol production. Then, try to put small amounts of jam into the compost, mixing it with something dry, like dry leaves or earth.