Bokashi – Explained!

Bokashi is a great method of dealing with kitchen waste. It’s not traditional composting – it’s more like pickling your waste or as Alys Fowler explained in The Guardian a while back it’s “zombifying your waste” :)

For most families a 2 bucket kit works really well as whilst you are filling the one, the other bucket is fermenting. This takes about two weeks which usually allows plenty of time to fill the other bucket… BUT if it takes longer you can leave the original bucket pickling for months if you want to. So, not much waste? No worries… A glut of waste… no worries. All in all – no worries. Flexible, simple, and you can keep it inside or in the porch or garage.

The active ingredient is Effective Microbes – EM which was developed by Dr Teuro Higa at the University of Ryukyus in Okinawa in Japan. Bokashi itself means fermentation of organic matter” in Japanese and the method that he developed involves layering kitchen scraps such as fruit and vegetables, and including meat scraps and dairy in a Bokashi Bucket or Bin. The additive used to process or ferment the waste is Bokashi Bran and this is made up from wheat bran, mixed with EM (Effective Microorganisms and molasses. When you add the Bokashi Bran to your waste these natural bacteria get to work to pickle the waste. 

Once you have a batch ready for your soil you need to be prepared… It doesn’t look like lovely friable black compost… It looks a bit of a mess to be honest… rather like a pickled onion looks much like an onion pickled kitchen waste does look rather like… um… kitchen waste. However, you will know it’s different as there will be a pickly smell and when you add it to the garden or your compost pile the microbial life and worms in the soil go mad for it and so it breaks down in an incredibly short time – usually under 2 weeks.

For more information watch our handy dandy guide below

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