Bokashi and Kitchen waste

Just had this interesting questions in from a reader about Bokashi, answers underneath.

I am interested in the 'Bokashi Empowered' composter
and wondered if you could answer the following
questions:

1. The Bokashi Empowered composter was sort of waste
can be used in this type of composter? i.e. I
understand majority of it is kitchen waste (meat,
fish, fruit, vegatables), can paper be used such as:
junk post mail, magazines and so fourth?

Heather's answer:
You can ferment all kitchen waste but it would be pointless to add paper as the Bokashi doesnt compost the waste it ferments it - pickles it. Paper does not smell and so you would add this to a conventional composter without a problem. In our office we use a Bokashi Bucket for all our lunch scraps, fruit peelings etc and then we shred all our paper waste for packaging.

2. How do you know if the waste is broken down by the
microbes from the bran?

Heather's answer:
The waste is not broken down - its fermented and you can tell very easily as the whole thing has a sweet pickly smell to it. The process is all very easy. As you fill the bucket you add a sprinkling of Bokashi. Once its full you start on another bucket leaving the original to ferment over the time it takes you to fill the next. In my experience thats about two weeks.


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