How Does The Bokashi System Work In Home Kitchens?

BOKASHI BUCKET / DIGESTER FOR DOMESTIC KITCHENS

The bokashi bucket is a practical and convenient way for collecting all your organic food waste accumulated in your home kitchen. This unique form of green recycling uses Bokashi Bran to create the ideal conditions for airtight (anaerobic) composting. The combination of the bokashi bucket and Bokashi Bran are designed to eliminate the odours and unpleasantness associated with putrefaction and decay which is usually the result of traditional composting.

STARTER KIT

R645.00 including VAT and delivery
Your kit will include:
2 x 25 litre airtight buckets with a tap and straining tray
2 x 1kg bags of Bokashi Bran (enough bokashi to fill almost 3 buckets)
1 x measuring scoop
Delivery to your South African address

Maintaining the System:

Depending on your food waste, most households use 1 bag of Bokashi Bran every 1½ months. A bag of Bokashi Bran costs R85.00 including VAT, (delivery excluded) which works out at less than R2.00 per day, depending on the amount of organic waste your household accumulates through daily food preparation. Replacement bags of Bokashi Bran can be ordered from the online shop.

You Can Recycle All Food Waste From Domestic Kitchens In Your Bokashi Bucket Including:

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Easy Steps To Recycling Food Waste In Domestic Kitchens:

Keep a vegetable bowl on your counter when preparing your meals to collect all the peels and left over plate scrapings. You want to open your bucket as few times as possible. Make sure it has a lid so that flies don’’t lay eggs and you get maggots in your bucket.

Each food waste layer should be no more than 7cm.

Sprinkle a Bokashi Bran scoop (# cup / 100ml) over the waste layer.

Should you be adding bones or meat to a waste layer, sprinkle on a little extra bokashi.

It is very important to seal your bokashi bucket properly after adding a layer of waste.

Repeat the layering process until your bucket in daily use is full.

Once full, place the bucket somewhere out of direct sunlight for 2 weeks to complete the fermentation process.

Continue your daily recycling using the second bucket supplied with your starter kit

 

The Bokashi Bran buckets come with a straining tray and tap. During fermentation stage after your bucket is full, the liquid from the food waste drains into the bottom of the bucket.

Shake the bucket around to see if you have “Bokashi tea” to tap off. Don’t leave the liquid in the bottom of the bucket for too long as it does go off and starts smelling.

This is very concentrated organic plant food. Tap the liquid off into another bucket. The amount of liquid you get depends on the water content of the food that was thrown away. Dilute about a cup of bokashi tea in a 25 litre bucket of water.

Fill the bucket with the tapped-off tea with water and feed it to your plants at the roots. Don’t water directly onto the leaves unless you use a mix-nozzle to further dilute the solution.

If you have smelly drains, you can pour the bokashi tea down neat. The microbes eat the bacteria causing the smells.

Compost the food waste with garden waste

After the bucket has stood for 2 weeks, open a hole in your compost heap and add the bokashi-treated food waste. Cover it up with garden waste.

For best results, turn your compost pile every 7 – 10 weeks.

See the composting tab on this website for more information on different composting methods