Worms eat bacon

by Stephan
(Cape Town and Radevormwald)

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Bacon-in-worm-bin

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Bacon-completely-eaten-by-worms

Do worms bacon? Really? Yes they do indeed. I hate wasting food and try to keep a tight regime on the contents of our food cupboard, and fridge but despite my best efforts every now and then something goes off. When this is the case it will go in 99% of the cases to one of my experimental worm bins.


I've been recycling organic materials with the help of compost worms for close to 20 years now and started a long time ago to test the capabilities and limitations of worms with all kinds of waste that many sources on the internet referred to as no go zones.

Lemons, oranges, different kinds of raw fish, meat, dog poop, cat poop, human poop, dead birds and many other organic materials and creatures have ended up in my worm bins and most of them where gladly consumed by the worms.

Recently I found some slices of bacon that unfortunately had been covered by a jar and gone off and so I decided to add them to my favorite experimental worm bin.. They still looked quite ok as you can see in the first picture I attached to this article.

Just a few days later they began to disintegrate and the worms started to feed on it. There were as well some fly maggots which I scooped out of the worm bin and gave to my fish in my aquaponics system so as not to let them go to waste. Not sure how the maggots got there as I didn't see any fly in the worm bin but Ill figure that out some other time.

Another 3 days later as shown in the 3rd pic the bacon was completely gone and the worms were happily roaming the worm bin in great numbers.

So if you ever face the unfortunate case to have some bacon that has become uneatable for you than give it to your worms.

Kind regards and happy worming

Stephan Kloppert

Author of "How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget"

Editor of www.worm-composting-help.com

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