My experience with a Bokashi bin

bokashi bin how it works

A Bokashi bin has made caring about food waste easier. Here’s how it works

This story was by Helen Mohan | Instagram @helenmoh1

I care a lot about food waste, but taking care of it can be a hassle. Even having a food waste caddy can have its drawbacks – awful smells, fruit flies in summer, and when you put them outside for collection the foxes turn them over and make a mess.

I saw my sister using a Bokashi box, and it instantly appealed to me. I got one about two months ago and am now completely converted.

How to use:

1. Collect household food waste in a normal caddy, and add the contents to the Bokashi bin every day. This can include things you can’t normally put in compost, like all cooked waste, bones, and meat.

2. Cover with a handful of the Bokashi Bran every time you add more waste, and close the lid.

3. Every few days you drain off the bokashi liquid which can be used for fertiliser by diluting it, or added to the outdoor compost to aid the composting process. The blurb also said that that you can use the liquid in home drains if you ever get unpleasant drain smell.

4. When the box is full we leave it for a fortnight to ferment. You are not meant to open the lid at all during this time, otherwise you will disrupt the anaerobic digestion process.

5. After it has fermented, we add it to the compost – for us that means when we’ve mowed the lawn. If you don’t have a compost you can bury the waste under the soil – it needs to be 10cm down.

The bin takes 2 -3 weeks to fill in our house, but there is no smell from the box. Even when you open it there is only a slight odour that isn’t unpleasant. 

I love that all waste is dealt with, that the outdoor compost bin smells gently sweet and so far there hasn’t been any new interest from rodents or foxes in the outdoor compost.

The only drawbacks is you need to have space for a compost heap outside, or enough garden space to bury the waste, which not everyone has. It would also be good to know if there are ways of making this yourself as it does have a price tag!

This is a clear way of how new technology can help us to deal with food waste, as I was not able to put meat, bones or cooked food in my compost before.

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