Can You Put Vinegar In Compost?
You may have heard about how to make your own pickle juice or vinegar from scratch. If so, then you are familiar with the process of making it yourself. However, if not, here’s a quick overview of the process:
1) Get some fresh vegetables (or fruit).
You can use any kind of vegetable that will grow in your area.
2) Wash them well and remove all dirt and debris.
3) Cut up the vegetables into small pieces.
4) Add water to them until they become soft enough to easily squeeze out the liquid.
5) Place these new “pickles” in a jar or other container and cover with something like cheesecloth or kitchen towel.
6) Let them sit in a cool place for at least two weeks.
7) Once they’ve had time to ferment, you’re ready to drink!
There are many different types of pickling liquids available. Some are acidic and some aren’t.
Some contain salt while others don’t. There is no set amount of time required for fermentation, but there must be a period where the liquid doesn’t taste bad and isn’t too cloudy. The longer you let it sit, the more sour and acrid it will become. If you want to make a certain kind of liquid, you’ll just have to experiment with different kinds of vegetables until you find what you’re looking for.
In general, pickling liquids are slightly different from vinegars. Vinegar typically is made from just water and most kinds of fermentable sugars like fruits or grains.
The sugars are what give the liquid its tart taste. The longer you ferment the sugars, the more sour it becomes.
What Not To Put In Compost
Any item that includes toxins, dangerous chemicals or anything that isn’t made of at least some form of plant or animal should not go into your compost. This means things like oil, motor oil, antifreeze, batteries, plastic and other man made materials shouldn’t be thrown into your bin.
Any kind of medication or pill you may have should not go in your compost either.
What Can You Compost
Nearly anything from plant or animal can be added to your compost pile as long as it isn’t toxic. This means grass clippings, dead flowers, leaves, egg shells and even some types of pet waste can all be added to your bin.
One important thing to remember when adding plant based material is that the drier the material the better. You want to avoid adding material that is already damp or wet because those types of materials don’t break down as easily.
If your pile gets too wet you can help break it down by simply turning the pile more frequently.
Animal materials should be shredded or cut into smaller pieces before being added to the pile. Some examples of these include:
Feces – Human and pet, should always be added to the pile because these contribute valuable nutrients. You can simply throw the material right into the bin or you can bag it first before adding it to the pile.
Feathers – From chickens, ducks, geese and other birds can be added directly to the pile. These won’t break down as quickly as some of the other materials, but will still eventually break down.
Hair – Typically from animals like cats and dogs, this material can also be directly added to a pile.
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Microecological treatment of hyperuricemia using Lactobacillus from pickles by Y Xiao, C Zhang, X Zeng, Z Yuan – BMC microbiology, 2020 – Springer