Monday, June 21, 2010

Question for compost expert

I'll look this up when I get some time, but thought if I posted it here, too, maybe a compost "expert" would come forward with an opinion. I always seem to make too much pasta and I was wondering if I could add the leftover cooked noodles to my compost? I don't use regular pasta, but instead use the healthier versions. Here are the ingredients:
  • semolina
  • grain and legume flour (lentils, chickpeas, flaxseed, barley, spelt, oats)
  • egg WHITES (not yolks)
  • oat fiber
  • durum flour
  • niacin, iron, riboflavin and folic acid
What do you think? My husband says I shouldn't add it but I thought I'd try to get some other opinions.


  1. Hi Betsy,

    There is no reason not to add pasta to your compost UNLESS it is covered in an oily sauce of some kind. Grease and oil can smother the bacteria that decompose items in your compost. But if it is just leftover spaghetti with no oily sauces don't worry about it. It will break down just fine.

    PS, I don't know if I am an "expert", but I am currently writing a book about composting, (called How to Build, Maintain, and Use a Compost System) so I've been doing a ton of research.

    I hope this helps!

  2. Kelly. Thanks so much for the response. Compost is such an important element for an eco-friendly landscape. I can't wait to read your book!


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