I've never used compost. Don't get me wrong, I have MADE plenty of compost, but I have never stuck around in one place long enough to actually USE the compost. This spring, I will for the first time be able to use some of my own compost :) That makes me happy...you might think that's weird. I understand.
However, if you do not think I'm crazy, and you are a fan of decaying food stuffs like me, read on! This is your super simple how to on making compost in the winter!
I follow a few extremely simple collection techniques in the winter. One consists of a bowl. I put things in it. ...and then I dump it (see below). I do this when I am preparing a meal and will have several things to toss in. It look like this:
Dump it where??!? Well, if you are like me, you don't want to trek to the compost pile in the snow even if it is only 15 feet away from your back door. It is just not fun on a regular basis*. So, the trick for me is twofold. I have an old coffee container with a lid. If I have a few things to throw in for a few days, it usually goes in there. Sometimes I just toss whatever is in the bowl out. It's not a science really.
I also have a pot outside my backdoor. It has a little bit of soil in it leftover from an old plant (like 2-5 inches). This soil still has little microbes in it that eat peels and shells and turn it into compost. I dump my little loads into this pot without stepping outside and the microbes start in on it. PS You CANNOT do this is the summer. It is too hot and your food will attract animals and stink if you don't cover up that green layer (food stuff) with some brown (soil or leaves or newspaper). Are you confused yet? Don't be...just look...