Bokashi Composting Method and Benefits

If you have been composting the waste from your home for a while, you may have heard of the Bokashi composting method. It is different from more traditional composting processes in a few ways. Let’s take a look at the methods and the benefits of this type of composting.

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The Bokashi Composting Method 

The primary difference between Bokashi and traditional composting is the way the waste is prepared for use. Traditional composting involves a slow process of keeping food scraps in container. This allows the scraps to decompose until they convert into nutrient-rich mulch.

 Bokashi, on the other hand, is a pre-composting method that ferments organic waste in an airtight container. Below every layer of organic waste, users sprinkle bokashi—which is typically a mix of grain bran—onto the scraps and into the container. The compost produced by Bokashi is rich in potassium, nitrogen, and carbon. It’s also high in both useful and valuable microorganisms.

Composting food scraps. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock.

Benefits of Bokashi Composting:

Odorless

One of the benefits of Bokashi composting is that it’s odorless and free from chemicals. It can be used for any kitchen composting task you may have in mind. You can place it directly into your kitchen trash can, or by using any of the Bokashi composting products, or a back-up bin. As long as you place it in an airtight container, you should be good to go.

Quick process

The process of fermentation is much quicker than traditional composting. You can have your Bokashi bin ready in a couple of weeks depending on the bin size. The fermentation process does not add any extra time to your compost production.

Pathogen-free method

If you are interested in keeping your garden soil free of harmful pathogens and bacteria, you can use the Bokashi Compost in the garden to keep it that way. Thanks to the anaerobic environment necessary for the Bokashi method, harmful pathogens are discouraged from developing.

Convenient method

Bokashi kitchen composting means that you can use your compost bin every two weeks as compared to traditional methods. With traditional composting, you have to store the waste material in your compost bin until it becomes ready to use. Then, you have to manually take out the waste (or have it thrown out) every week. This can be a tedious and time-consuming chore as it can take months for traditional compost to full decompose, depending on the season and your local climate. With Bokashi, the turnover period is much quicker, and you can have a set on bins on rotation as they fill up and are emptied out into your garden.

The convenience of Bokashi means that you can also use this technique in any living space, regardless of how big or small your home is. If you lived in a cramped apartment, you wouldn’t have the space for traditional composting bin—nor would you want to, considering the smell that comes with composting. With Bokashi, the small size and lack of smell means you can easily and safely compost in your home, regardless of what your home may look like. 

A full compost bin. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock.

Conclusion

The Bokashi composting method is an easy and smart method that can be done in your kitchen or backyard. You simply need a quality Bokashi bin to get started. The process is odorless and quick without the space and labor required for traditional composting. In addition, the pathogen-free method means you  won’t have to deal with bacteria. This method is so convenient, it doesn’t feel like a chore.