Bad Pickles for the Compost Pile?
Last year I made wonderful sweet pickles and B&B's but the sliced dills were soft and not appetizing. I have maybe 20 quart jars of them to get rid of. Can I put them in one of my compost bins? Each bin holds about 2 cu. yds. of "in process" compost and I use it after 2 years of turning and adding and watering. By volume the majority is pickles, then vinegar, water, salt, garlic, dill, and other spices. I would think each jar only holds a half pint of liquid but my concern is the salt absorbed by the cukes. Our native soil is acidic with a clay and sand loam that is quite rich in organics in the acre or so of the veggie garden (thanks to the amendment of my compost over the past 8 years). I would hate to disrupt that balance by adding salt which I have no idea what it would do to the pH or what residual effect the salt would have on my native or amended soil. Is there a counter-reagent for salts? I am not concerned about the vinegar since I think it neutralizes itself in the pile.