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How many bokashi buckets do I need?

How many bokashi buckets do you need to set up a successful bokashi composting system? For 95% of people, the answer is 2.

Why do most people need two bokashi buckets?

Scrapping food waste into bokashi bucket

Having two bokashi buckets allows you to continue to fill one bucket whilst the other bucket is fermenting. Most people take about two weeks to fill a bokashi bucket with food waste. Two weeks is the perfect amount of time for the food waste in your other bokashi bucket to complete its fermentation.

By using a two bin system it is much easier to get into a regular routine with bokashi composting. Every day you can add your food waste to one of the bins. Once the bin is full you know that approximately two weeks has gone by and that it’s time to bury the pre-compost in the first bin.

Don’t worry if it takes longer than two weeks to fill your bokashi bucket. The other food waste will happily sit for longer. Once fermentation is complete the bokashi’d food waste can be buried or just left until you are ready.

Can I bokashi compost with one bucket?

Yes, you can but this will make it harder to continuously collect and bokashi all of your food waste.

Ways to make one bucket bokashi systems work:

  1. If you only produce very small amounts of food waste then you could store your food waste in the freezer whilst the bokashi bucket completes its two weeks fermentation. After two weeks, bury your fermented pre-compost as usual. Then add your collected food waste to your bokashi bucket. You will need to add in 1 inch layers and sprinkle each layer with 1 or 2 heaping tablespoons of bokashi bran. Continue to add your food waste on a daily basis until your bokashi bucket is full. You will then need to start storing food waste in your freezer again whilst the contents of your bokashi bucket ferments.
  2. Alternatively, you may not need huge amounts of bokashi compost. Simply use your bokashi bucket as and when you need to make the right amount of compost for you.

Can I use more than two bokashi buckets?

Absolutely! If you are filling your bokashi bucket in less than two weeks, you should consider adding a third (or more) bucket to your bokashi composting system. This way you can ensure that each batch of food waste gets at least two weeks to complete fermentation.

Alternatively, you can get inventive and find larger containers to make into bokashi buckets, like at the North Country Fair. Read more

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7 responses to “How many bokashi buckets do I need?”

  1. Alicia Cruz says:

    I’m asking for total clarification and confidence. If I order 1 Bokashi Bucket but keep additional food scraps in an airtight container while the scraps in the Bokashi ferment…will the scraps in the other container be okay to put in the Bokashi after it’s emptied?
    Additionally, I have always put my moldy leftovers from the fridge in the compost. It’s always just been white mold, which I have read here that it is ok. Is that not okay for this method of composting?

    • Nicki Casley says:

      Hi Alicia,
      Thanks for the question. Yes, this is a great method to use, if you don’t produce much food waste. However, we would recommend storing your container of food scraps in the freezer to prevent them rotting before you add them to the bokashi compost bin. Make sure to defrost the food waste before adding to your composter.

      Moldy food shouldn’t be added to the bokashi composter. Small quantities can be ok, just make sure to add extra bokashi bran to prevent further rotting.

      Happy composting 🙂

  2. Kim says:

    Can I overwinter my food scraps in containers in a warm place in my home and continue to let them ferment until spring? I don’t have access to soil to be able to bury it as my ground is frozen solid.

    • Nicki Casley says:

      Hi Kim,

      There are various options for bokashi composting over the winter. If your soil is frozen hard then you can make a soil factory (basically a rubbermaid container filled with the bokashi pre-compost and regular garden soil) or you can simply store your bokashi food waste (as you suggest) in an airtight container until your ground thaws. This post about bokashi composting over the winter may be helpful to you.

      Nicki and the Bokashi Living team

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