Composting Using Bokashi

How to compost using Bokashi

What Is Bokashi?
The word Bokashi is Japanese for "fermented organic matter." It’s made by inoculating any organic matter with a variety of hosts of beneficial bacteria or microbes. Translation: taking a liquid that has active cultures living in it and giving it some solid material to soak into (commonly, bran).

So, What Do I Do With It?
Bokashi can be used to make compost indoors, in small spaces without the use of a composter.

All you need is some Bokashi and a Kitchen Composter or even an air-tight bucket.

NOTE: The bucket needs to be completely air-tight. One of the attributes of composting with Bokashi is that it is an anaerobic process. This means your kitchen waste is breaking down without using oxygen.

How Do I Compost Using Bokashi?
• Place alternating layers of food scraps and Bokashi in the container unit it’s full.

• Every time you do this you should push all the stuff in the bucket down, compressing it to get rid of any air pockets.

• Then, replace the air-tight lid and wait.

• After a few days, the process will yield a liquid known as Bokashi juice which you can use as fertilizer. The liquid is quite acidic, however, and should be diluted at a rate of 1 to 100 parts water.

How Long Before I Have Usable Compost?
After about 10 to 14 days the kitchen waste should be taken out of the Kitchen Composter or bucket.

Most of the kitchen scraps are going to look the same as they did when you first put them in there. Bury the solid waste in a hole in your backyard about 6 to 12 inches deep.

After about 4 to 6 weeks you will have usable compost!

Why Should I Use Bokashi Instead Of A Regular Composter?
• The Bokashi method is perfect for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of space or time to deal with a regular composter. The Kitchen Composter or Bucket can be kept inside in your kitchen or under your sink.

• Because it is an anaerobic process that occurs inside a sealed container, the process does not produce smells or attract flies.

• Best of all: Bokashi allows you to compost ALL kitchen waste. This includes cooked foods, meat, fish and cheese.