What not to put in your bokashi bucket
If you could put it in a compost bin or pile, it can probably go in the bucket, too, though dried materials receive no benefit from fermentation. An indoor bucket with spigot is most appropriate for high-nutrient items, that is to say kitchen waste, as opposed to lawn clippings and dried leaves. (As yet, I’ve found little information on fermentation as a sterilizer of weed seeds, but I’m still learning!)
You can put some things in a bokashi bucket that shouldn’t go in a traditional compost bin or pile—meat scraps, dairy, and oils, plus crushed shrimp shells and fishheads and small or broken-up bones; pretty much all your non-liquid foodstuff remains. But there are some things that should never, ever go in your bokashi bucket, and others that ought to be included only in small quantities.
*No synthetics—plastics, cleansers, rubbers, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, etc.
*No used cat litter or human waste
*No diseased plant or animal remains
*No living things (insects, worms, etc.)
This seems like common sense, doesn’t it?
Only a little:
*limited liquid food waste (beer, milk, yogurt, juice, etc.)
Too much moisture impedes fermentation
* selected molded/spoiled foodstuffs
And not at all during the first couple of days (more on that in another post)
Oddly, bokashi pioneer Dr. Teuro Higa recommends that tea bags not be added, but he seems to be a minority of one in that regard.
So now, if you have your bucket and EM bokashi bran, you’re well on your way to having fermented kitchen waste. Sounds...delightful, doesn’t it? And let’s not forget about that bokashi juice.
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