Well, Bokashi composting isn't really traditional composting where organic matter decompose in a compost pile, bin, or tumbler. Bokashi is actually an anaerobic fermentation process developed in Japan which does not generate compost but fermented organic matter which is what the Japanese term Bokashi actually means. Think pickled food waste.
Japanese Professor Dr. Terou Higa introduced the Effective Microorganisms, or EM, in the 1980’s. They were developed from beneficial, naturally occurring microorganisms which can be inoculated into a medium, such as wheat bran, and used to ferment most household kitchen waste and food scraps instead of sending it to a landfill.
Bokashi is quickly gaining popularity because it is easy, odor free, inexpensive, and can be kept indoors.
To make Bokashi compost, only three components are needed:
Put food scraps in layers in the Bokashi bucket. Start with a one-inch layer and cover with a handful or two of the Bokashi bran mix. Remember to compress or compact the layers to minimize air pockets. You can use a plate or some other sort of tamper. When the Bokashi bucket is full, it should sit and cure for about two weeks so that the microorganisms can go to work.
After the Bokashi has been curing undisturbed for about two weeks, you can do several things with the fermented kitchen scraps:
Bokashi tea is a mixture of water and the liquid that is generated during the fermentation process in your bokashi bucket. This liquid can easily be drained from the spigot on your bucket.
The liquid is packed with microbes and nutrients and can be used to make bokashi compost tea. To make the compost tea, dilute the bokashi liquid 1 part to 100 parts water (Example, 1 oz bokashi liquid mixed with 100 oz of water) and then use the bokashi tea to water your indoor or outdoor plants. Your plants will receive benefits from the nutrients and microbes and reward you with improved blooms and growth.
If you have processed animal waste in your Bokashi bucket, we recommend that you use the compost tea on outdoor flower beds only and not on indoor plants or vegetable beds. Always remember that animal waste can contain human pathogens (disease-causing microorganisms) and you should be careful when handling.