What can I put in my bokashi kitchen composter?

The bokashi system can be used for all of your kitchen and food scraps. Vegetable peelings, fruit skins, peels, leftover salads and everything that you would throw in a ‘traditional composter’. Unlike a traditional compost system, you can also throw cooked food scraps, meat, dairy, baked goods (bread, cookies etc), egg shells… All food waste!

To be honest, it’s probably easier to just think about what should not go in the bokashi kitchen composter. That list is much shorter!!

Things to keep out of your bokashi kitchen composter:

  • Moldy or rotten food (excessively moldy food will introduce too much blue/green mold and may send your bin bad. An occasional moldy grape or apple core is fine but don’t overload your bokashi bin with rotten items)
  • Excess liquids including grease and oil. Too much liquid prevents the good bacteria from thriving and may send your bin bad.

We would also not recommend putting cut flowers or garden waste in your bin. These will break down using the bokashi process but will take up a lot if space in your bokashi kitchen composter and they don’t have a huge amount of nutrient value. Throw your garden waste into your traditional composter or in your city’s green bin scheme. Save your space in your bokashi kitchen composter for items that are going to add lots of nutrients to your soil and those that would be hard to compost otherwise.

The bokashi process even seems to break down compostable plastics. This statement isn’t based on stringent laboratory tests….. But the compostable plastic spoons that I put in my bin a couple of months ago broke down nicely in my garden!! Again, they’re probably not adding much value to my soil but my local kerbside green bin program doesn’t accept compostable plastics. If I hadn’t put it in my bokashi indoor composter then it would have gone to waste.

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