can I add these things?

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Mayte asked 1 month ago

Hello, I would like to know if I can add these things to the Bokashi composter:

  • food waste that I gather from the sink and it´s slightly wet, or that I sweep from the floor
  • food that is slightly off or rotten
  • food already fermented, such as the apples and figs that I use in order to make water kefir, or rests of chucrut
  • rests of cooked tofu and tempeh
  • herbs that have been boiled, so they will be slightly wet
  • ashes from incense
  • the waste from the pencil sharpeners
  • seaweed, either raw or cooked
  • olive stones
  • thank you so much
2 Answers
Nicki Casley Staff answered 1 month ago

Hi,
Thanks for the great question. I’ve copied your list below to make sure that I don’t miss any.

  • food waste that I gather from the sink and it´s slightly wet, or that I sweep from the floor

Food waste from the sink is absolutely fine. Allow most of the water to drain off before you add it. 
Be mindful of food waste that you sweep up off the floor as it may contain other non-compostable waste that is also on your floor; potentially plastic micro-fibres from clothes, carpets and furniture, other micro-plastics from around your house.

  • food that is slightly off or rotten

We recommend keeping moldy food out of your bokashi bucket. 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 as long as it is accompanied by a more generous sprinkling of bokashi bran. But don’t overload your bokashi bin with rotten items. 

  • food already fermented, such as the apples and figs that I use in order to make water kefir, or rests of chucrut

Yes, fermented foods are fine to be added. Again, make sure to drain off most of the liquid before adding as too much liquid can cause your bin to fail.

  • rests of cooked tofu and tempeh

Yes, absolutely fine.

  • herbs that have been boiled, so they will be slightly wet

Yes, again, draining excess water before adding. 

  • ashes from incense

It is not recommended to add incense ashes to your bokashi bucket as you may be adding unknown (potentially toxic) chemicals.

  • the waste from the pencil sharpeners

We wouldn’t recommend adding these to your bokashi bucket. The bokashi microbes thrive on the sugars in food waste and so items such as pencil sharpenings will leave the bokashi bucket in pretty much the same state as when they are added. Also, there could be toxic chemicals and/or plastic in the dyes and paints in the coloured pencils.

  • seaweed, either raw or cooked

Absolutely fine.

  • olive stones

Yes, though like other pits and stones, they will likely take longer than the rest of the food waste to break down.
Happy composting 🙂

Mayte answered 1 month ago

Thank you so much Nicki and the whole team, for your answers and for such an informative web. All the best.

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