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In this week’s newsletter we look at ideas on how to compost kitchen food waste. Many people don’t know the benefits of composting and how easy it is. We highlight a delightful blog titled Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, where gluten-free food is the specialty.
Wickedfood will be closing on the 15th of December and reopening on the 10th of January with the first class commencing on Wednesday the 12th. Keep an eye on the schedule to find out whats happening in the new year. Click here.
Wickedfood Cooking School News
Our January individual cooking class programmes will be up on the internet soon. Keep an eye on the following link https://www.wickedfood.co.za/classes/individual/
Green ideas for your kitchen?
Johannesburg city collects over 1.1 million tons of garbage each year and only 13% of this amount is recycled. We have highlighted many ways in which to recycle your tins, glass, paper and plastics but what to do with the foods that are left over after being prepared is one of the reasons to have the concept on having kitchen compost.
The best foods that are to be considered in kitchen composting are fruits and vegetables. Segregation of food is very important because there are foods that are not to be thrown in the composter like meat, fish, bones and oily foods. These foods are excluded since they produce a foul odour and can be prone to flies and rodents that cause bacteria’s to be present in the area.
There are different ways on how to compost kitchen items. A process called worm composting is applied to kitchen compost. The procedure is easy to do and the best way for people who do not have a pile outside the house. ‘Red Wrigglers’ are to be used and placed in the safe composter that can be put indoors or outdoors covered. If given importance the worms can transform food waste into a product which is nutrient-rich forming and can be utilised as an organic fertiliser.
Another way to compost kitchen items is to place a bin outside the house near the garden. Food wastes are to be separated so that there will be a proper segregation that aides the composting process. And so it is better to have a suitable area for composting to avoid any hazards that would lead to illness if not done well. A container can either be open or closed. Pros and cons are to be weighed out. With an open container water is fast absorb, and waste is easy to put in but flies can be present, if not covered it could become too wet and hard to mix up. With a closed container insects are not attracted and its clean to look at on the other hand it requires additional water.
Not only do we reduce the amount of refuse we create by kitchen composting, one can also benefit from making organic compost and therefore the pro’s of composting certainly outweigh the con’s.
Awesome website of the week:
“Old people shouldn’t eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get.” — Robert Orben
The Wickedfood Team
Wickedfood Cooking School runs classes throughout the year at its purpose-built Johannesburg cooking studio. Cooking lessons are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.
Our cooking courses are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and team building cooking classes, these events are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.