The Bokashi bucket is a practical and convenient solution for collecting food waste in your home kitchen.
This unique form of green recycling uses Bokashi Bran to create optimal conditions for anaerobic composting, ensuring that your waste is composted effectively. Unlike traditional composting methods, the bokashi bucket and Bokashi Bran® work together to eliminate unpleasant odours and the effects of putrefaction and decay. This makes it a more pleasant experience to compost your food waste at home, without worrying about the negative impacts on your living space. Overall, the Bokashi bucket and Bokashi Bran® provide a clean, effective, and easy-to-use solution for eco-conscious individuals looking to compost their food waste in a more sustainable way.
Our innovative bucket features a straining tray that separates solid food waste from liquid as fermentation occurs. The Bokashi Bran® straining tray is designed with legs that won’t collapse and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Plus, with a built-in tap, you can easily drain off the liquid and use it as a concentrated organic plant food. Don’t let your food waste go to waste
To keep the system running smoothly, households typically use one bag of Bokashi Bran® every 1½ months, depending on the amount of food waste produced. Each bag of Bokashi Bran costs R85.00 or less, depending on the quantity ordered (excluding delivery), which averages to less than R2.00 per day. The cost may vary depending on the amount of organic waste generated during daily food preparation. To replenish the supply, replacement bags of Bokashi Bran® can be easily ordered through the online shop
You can recycle all food waste from domestic kitchens in your Bokashi Bucket including:
When preparing your meals, consider keeping a vegetable bowl on your kitchen counter to collect any peels or plate scraps. By doing so,
you can minimize the number of times you need to open your bokashi bucket. It’s important to make sure that the counter container has a lid to prevent flies from laying eggs and maggots from appearing. This simple step can help maintain a clean and hygienic composting environment, ensuring that your composting efforts are effective and hassle-free.
To ensure optimal performance, it’s recommended that each layer of food waste in your bokashi bucket should not exceed 7cm in thickness. After adding each layer, sprinkle a scoop (approximately ½ cup or 100ml) of Bokashi Bran over the waste. For layers containing bones or meat, a little extra Bokashi Bran can be added to promote effective fermentation. It’s crucial to seal the bokashi bucket properly after each layer of food waste
has been added. Repeat the layering process until the bucket is full. Once full, place the bucket in a location that is not exposed to direct sunlight and let it sit for 2 weeks to complete the fermentation process. To continue your daily recycling, start using the second bucket provided in your starter kit.
The Bokashi Bran® buckets are equipped with a straining tray and tap. As the fermentation process takes place, the liquid from the food waste gathers at the bottom of the bucket. To collect the nutrient-rich “Bokashi tea,” gently shake the bucket to see if it’s available to tap off.
Be sure to drain the liquid promptly as it can develop an unpleasant odour if left for too long. The resulting liquid is a concentrated organic plant food that can be used to nourish your plants. The amount of liquid produced depends on the moisture content of the food waste. Dilute approximately a cup of Bokashi tea in a 25-liter bucket of water, then feed it to your plants at the roots. Avoid watering directly onto the leaves, unless you use a mix-nozzle to further dilute the solution.
If you have smelly drains, pouring the undiluted Bokashi tea down them can eliminate bacteria and bad odours.
To compost the food waste, add the Bokashi-treated waste to your compost heap, burying it under garden waste. For optimal results, turn your compost pile every 7-10 weeks.
For more information on composting methods, please see the composting tab.