Sunwood Life Bokashi Compost Kit
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- 5 gal bucket made from recycled plastic with EM ceramic powder (Super C);
- 2.2lbs (1 kg) of Bokashi bran Made in U.S.A.
- Air-tight lid ensures anaerobic fermentation process
- 3/4 gal Kitchen Compost Pail included for kitchen waste collection
- One piece of tea cup and one piece of compactor are included
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Bokashi means fermented organic matter in Japanese. It is an ingenious Japanese system that ferments all your kitchen waste and transforms it into the true organic fertilizer. It is perfect composting for your gardens. The VermiTek Bokashi composting kit includes one piece of 5 gal bucket with strainer and spigot, Bokashi juice cup and compactor, and one piece of 3/4 gal kitchen compost pail. It is a convenient, easy and quick system to compost food waste in your kitchen, garage, or apartment. Bokashi composting uses a selected group of microorganisms to anaerobically ferment organic waste. The microorganisms are applied using an impregnation carrier such as rice or wheat bran. The fermentation process breaks down the organic matters with very minimum odor. Since the process is done in a closed system, there will be no worry about insects and smells. This makes it ideal for urban or business settings. Unlike other composting systems, the VermiTek Bokashi systems can break down items like meat, fish and dairy products. Bokashi composting is fast and usually takes two weeks. The finished product smells a little bit sweet and pickled odor, and you will often see white mold mycelium coating the surface. Once the fermentation has completed, you can add the scraps to a worm bin or bury them directly in the soil. They will take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to fully integrate into the soil depending upon your local soil biological activity and local climate.
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The small indoor can with the plastic insert bucket is very handy, as it saves time (we don't have to open the large pail but every other day or so). The filters even prevent odor (but we don't compost meat or anything that smells bad).
The big pail is airtight, and a good size for us. The bran flakes that comes with it, actually smell decent and help keep the compost from being too foul (along with their other intended purposes).
The only problem is with the spigot system. The hole needs to be larger to allow the liquid to drain properly. As our fruit and veggies break down, they of course drain alot of juice into the bottom of the pail, which I attempt to drain after I've worked them over with the little plastic masher tool... The problem is that as you mash the fruit/veggies, seeds and pulp also get into the juice and plug up the spigot. It's actually quite frustrating. To drain a cup of liquid took me about 5 minutes because I was constantly opening and closing the spigot (each time I did that, the value mashed up whatever seed / pulp that was plugging the spigot). Perhaps I'll see if I can take it out, cut a larger whole in it and put in a bigger spigot.
Second, I read all of the reviews I could find prior to my purchase and focused on the issues other reviewers had with the spigot. We went to a cigar store and bought cigar screens (I think the standard is size 5) and braced one inside of the spigot on the inside of the bucket. It fit perfectly with a little convincing. I definitely recommend this additional step to filter the liquid before it can clog the spigot.
Third, we did not have any odors (no dead bodies, as one reviewer described). We did not open the unit often and we are vegetarian so there are no meat or bones added to our Bokashi.
My fourth comment is very unusual, perhaps, but true. Our 9 year old 100lb Great Dane-weimaraner mix who never chews anything in our house (and is certified therapy dog), found the Bokashi to be absolutely delicious! In fact, it was sooo delicious that our unit was completely left unusable since the possibility of an air-tight seal was rendered impossible. Additionally, Winston (the Weimar-Dane) highly recommends the Bokashi bran as an after-dinner apperatif. (He snuck off with the bag and brought it to his dog bed.) The additional benefits, as he claims and as we witnessed firsthand, are extremely regular bowel movements for approximately 3 days. My ultimate advice: if you have a large dog with a hint of mischief anywhere in his soul, perhaps consider hiding or barricading your Bokashi otherwise it might turn out like the photos I have attached. LOL.