Apple crock.This could warm even the coldest anti-composting heart.Photo: Lakeland

Compost crocks

Compost crocks are handy countertop waystations for tossing your food scraps before you take them out to the compost pile. You can make your own (it just needs to be a small container with a lid and some air holes to prevent mold) or buy one of the many for sale. Some commercial versions like the one on the right come with odor neutralizers, which you won’t need as long as you empty the crock regularly.