Welcome! Most likely you are here because you’ve just purchased a Bokashi Bucket or you want to know more about it. Below you will find information and videos on recycling your food waste with a Bokashi Bucket. You will also find instructions for using your Bokashi Bucket. If you have a question or comment, please do shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bokashi Bucket is the easiest and most efficient way to turn all of your food scraps (including meat and dairy) into the ultimate nutrient rich soil for your garden and plants. Just layer your food waste with the Bokashi Activator Mix inside of the Bokashi Bucket. When your bucket is full, bury the contents in a trench or empty in a storage bin and cover with soil. In just four weeks your food waste will be fully broken down and ready for use on your garden, houseplants, lawn or trees.
“How to Use the Bokashi Bucket” instructions that come with the Bokashi Bucket listed below.
Video: Recycling Your Food Waste With The Bokashi Bucket
Video: Burying Your Bokashi Compost In A Storage Bin (alternative to burying in soil)
Video: Where To Get Your Bokashi Activator Mix Refill + How To Store Bokashi Activator Mix
Note: Please see farmers market schedule on front page for most up to date schedule of where to find E1T1.
Video: Burying Your Bokashi Bucket in Your House?!
Video: Kasha From Kanu Hawaii Talks About Her Bokashi Bucket
Bokashi Bucket Testimonials
Check out what some Bokashi Bucket users have to say about their food waste recycling experience.
THE BOKASHI BUCKET™ INSTRUCTIONS
The Each One Teach One Farms Bokashi Bucket™ is a unique kitchen composting system that can recycle your kitchen waste into an organic fertilizer/soil conditioner. It consists of wheat bran infused with a mix of beneficial microbes that help balance the microbial ecology of the soil and supply nutrients to your garden. Kitchen garbage makes up almost 50% of household wastes. Help reduce landfill input by recycling your kitchen waste!
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1. E1T1 Farms Bokashi Bucket™: Specialized bucket with airtight lid to create anaerobic (w/out oxygen) conditions.
2. E1T1 Farms Bokashi Activator Mix.
3. Your kitchen food waste: The amount of organic waste will vary from day to day depending on how often you cook and your eating habits. Use only organic materials, such as:
• Vegetables, fruits, grains
• Cooked or uncooked meat: beef, poultry, pork & fish.*
• Bones chopped into small pieces.*
• Coffee grounds with or without paper filter
DO NOT USE PLASTICS, CIGARETTE BUTTS, PAPER, METALS, EXCESSIVE LIQUIDS OR GREASE.
USING YOUR BOKASHI BUCKET™ METHOD & APPLICATION
Filling Up Your Bokashi Bucket™
• Step 1: Start by sprinkling an initial layer of the Bokashi Activator Mix (1-2 tablespoons at the bottom of the empty Bokashi Bucket. Spread evenly.
• Step 2: You can collect your daily food waste (in a shopping bag or any container) and once a day, add it all to the Bokashi Bucket™. Or you can add waste as you make it. Break or cut up larger food pieces to assist the fermentation process. It’s good practice to cut up all food scraps. Press down food waste with the included masher to reduce air pockets and roughly level the food waste. DO NOT EXCEED 2” LAYER OF FOOD WASTE BEFORE ADDING BOKASHI ACTIVATOR MIX.
• Step 3: For every 2″-3″ of food waste added to Bokashi Bucket, sprinkle a small handful (approx 2-3 tablespoons) of Bokashi Activator Mix on waste. Use more Bokashi Activator Mix when adding meat, fish, cheese or egg and in hotter weather. If needed, gently mix new layer of waste and Bokashi Activator Mix, and mash down again.
• Step 4: Carefully reseal lid, making sure container is airtight in order to reduce oxygen and create the conditions for anaerobic (no oxygen) fermentation process to take place. Not doing so could result in decomposition (aka stinky bucket) rather than fermentation. A sweet & sour smell indicates good fermentation and a foul odor indicates decay. Signs of white mold are fine.
• Step 5: Once a week, check for liquid. If you can hear it swishing around in bucket, drain the liquid from the bucket using the spigot. Make sure spigot is in OFF position when starting your bucket. See “Using Bokashi Juice” instructions below for what to do with the liquid.
Repeat steps 1-5 until the bucket is full
Now that you’re Bokashi Bucket is full…
Once the bucket is filled to capacity, you will notice that your waste still looks like it did when it was fresh. This is because it has only been fermented and not yet fully decomposed. Your fermented food waste needs to get mixed with the soil to finish the process. You have 2 options for this:
- Option 1: Bury in the ground. Dig a trench (wide as shovel head) about 3′-5’ft long. Empty your fermented food waste into the trench. It’s important that you make your trench long so you can spread your food waste in a thin, even layer. Mix your waste with the soil and then cover it up with 3″-5″ inches of soil. After four weeks, your food waste should be completely broken down and ready to plant in.
*Tip: Dig your trenches and bury your fermented waste along the perimeter of your garden bed and just leave it there! The beneficial soil microbes and nutrients will build and feed your entire bed.
- Option 2: Bury in a bin or planter. Great for apartment or condo dwellers. If you don’t have a yard to bury your waste in or don’t want to dig, you can also bury your fermented food waste in an enclosed bin or box. Best to use a bin that has at least a 20 gal capacity. Start by adding 1″ of soil to bottom of bin. Next, add your fermented food waste. Add some more soil on top of that and mix it in with the food waste. Pour 3″-4″ inches of soil on top of food waste, soil mixture and pack it down. Cover the bin. Food waste should be completely broken down and ready to plant in 4-5 weeks. You can continue to stack additional fermented waste on top until your bin is full.
*Tip: To speed up the process, sprinkle some Bokashi Activator Mix on top of your fermented food waste when you mix it with the soil.
*Tip: Plant your favorite veggies directly in bin when food waste has been completely broken down.
Note: Bokashi compost can be used in a variety of ways. Get creative. For example, instead of burying in a trench, compost can be buried into an already existing compost pile.
Be sure to throughly wash your bucket with soapy water and let it air dry after you’ve emptied it.
Using The Bokashi Juice / Compost Tea
The amount and color of the liquid drained will depend on the type of foods you have put into the bucket. Fruit and vegetables tend to release more liquid than other foods. Do not worry if little or no liquid is produced. Liquid can be used in the following ways:
• Fertilize existing garden or houseplants. Dilute 2-3 oz of juice in 1 gal. of water and apply directly to the soil. Liquid can also be sprayed directly on leaves.
• Pour the concentrated liquid directly into your kitchen sink, bathroom drains, toilets or septic system to reduce foul odors.
*Note: Liquid does stink, so you may want to drain bucket outdoors.
TROUBLESHOOTING / HELPFUL TIPS:
• You can never add too much Bokashi Activator Mix; better too much than too little to ensure complete fermentation and no nasty smells.
• Only add fresh waste to your Bokashi Bucket. Never add rotten or moldy wastes.
• Remember: The less air that comes into contact with the compost, the better. Compact waste by pressing it down to remove air. You may want to use a barrier to separate the compost from the remaining air in bucket (ie trash bag or paper plate)
• Always close the lid tightly and drain the liquid frequently.
• Do not add water, excessive amounts to the bucket.
• Keep the bucket out of the sun.
• Wash the bucket after each use.