kitchen compost turned to liquid

Anonymous added on June 14, 2015 | Answered

Can I still use it in my compost pile? My countertop kitchen composter started to decompose things faster than we could get our outdoor pit dug and ready, because it stayed cold for so long this year. Once all of the stuff inside the stainless steel countertop thing starts to turn to liquid and smells bad, can I still use it in my outside in ground compost pit? What else should I add to that? I figured maybe start with a layer of grass clippings, add a little blood meal and bone meal, then add a little of the dirt from the dug out pit, then water it down just a little and then add the kitchen "liquid" from veggie scraps and eggshells, etc., and turn well with a pitchfork. Would that stink too bad? We have neighbors close by and don't want to offend them (they're in their backyard a lot in the summer and my compost pile would be up next to the fence between our yards). Otherwise, should I just toss the liquidy stuff (it's inside a biodegradable bag made specifically for kitchen composters) and start a new batch and not let it go so long? I really hate to throw this away, but it's pretty stinky. If I add some Bokashi to it, would that help with the odor once I get it into the pit? HELP!!!

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Answered on June 15, 2015

The liquid is still ok to use, but I would not put it in the compost pile. Dilute with water and use on plants instead. This is part of the reason you are suppose to have "greens" and "browns" in compost. When balanced, it keeps it from getting smelly from too much green material (kitchen scraps). Here is more information:

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