Out of date jams and pickles.

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Out of date jams and pickles.

Post: #276981 Skippy
Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:06 pm

I've probably mentioned that I work as a handyman and do almost anything really, sort of a cross between handy Andy and Del Boy, and recently did a clearance for a stall holder. Part of the "rubbish" was several crates of jars containing a variety of stuff from jams, pickles , mustard , chutney , lemon curd and horseradish sauce and a few other similiar types of thing.Now it's all out of date , hence the reason it was lumped in with the other rubbish , not that I'd be worried about eating jam a bit out of date but as it's all been outside for quite some time most of the lids are rusty so consumption is not really on the cards.
However, I hate waste.
So I was thinking of other uses. Composting it did spring to mind but would such material readily compost? Would the acid and sugar (and probably salt) completely stop any form of decomposition or is there anything else I could do with the stuff? I'm open to any suggestions other than " chuck it in the bin" if it's possible.
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Re: Out of date jams and pickles.

Post: #276982 diggernotdreamer
Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:42 pm

you can compost all that stuff, won't hurt at all and will break down, it's all organic material at the end of the day

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Re: Out of date jams and pickles.

Post: #276985 Skippy
Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:47 pm

Glad to hear that it should compost . I thought it probably would what with it being organic matter . I was thinking the vinegar may inhibit the process or maybe the end result would be overly acid although I suppose I could mix in some lime to counteract that.
So do you suggest just mixing it with the regular contents of my heap or should I perhaps try composting it on its own?


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Re: Out of date jams and pickles.

Post: #276986 diggernotdreamer
Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:57 pm

just stick it in and mix it up with your regular stuff, if you have a few bits of sawdust or wood ash mix that in with it, or some shredded paper, just to soak it up a bit, the only problem you might encounter is that mice and rats might want to eat it

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Re: Out of date jams and pickles.

Post: #276994 Skippy
Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:24 pm

I've had rats and mice in the past and some quite recently. I'd prefer not to have them but at least they stay by the heap rather than trying to come in the house although they do run around my wood stacks pissing and shitting all over it which irritates me a bit. Still I'll probably still add the stuff to the pile although I will probably pour off some of the vinegar first. I may also keep back a jar of jam in case I need to make a trap for flies and wasps in the summer.


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