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