Whilst skimming through the blurb about River Cottage I was horrified to read the following "from food destined for the compost heap.These include canapes from leftover fish, gnocchi fromroast potatoes..."
I was always taught never to compost food that had been cooked amongst, other things. All they will do is attract vermin....!
Here`s a commercial system I had some involvement with a couple of years back. It can turn most organic matter, raw or cooked into compost within a couple of days. It is used in commercial bakeries, motorway service stations and large canteens to deal with food waste. Follow the "Overview" link at the bottom of the first page. click here
Hi Brumas - quite correct but that became illegal just after we realised that was how Mad Cow Disease was transferred to humans. (I think!) Anyway, this process involves a constant high temperature (>70 degrees)and the use of some pretty hungry microbes that multiply faster as you keep feeding them. The end product is a very rich organic compost which needs to be mixed with top soil before general horticultural use. It can also be used as a fuel and burns almost as efficiently as Peat.
. . . for composting food, namely the Green Cone click here aka the Green Johanna click here and Bokashi buckets click here , but HFW should really specify to use one of these systems and NOT to put cooked food onto the ordinary compost heap.