I just started my own bokashi bucket using a 5 gal bucket, a drain plate with a spigot and an airtight Gamma lid for ease of lid removal. I am at 2 weeks usage and my bucket isnít quite full. I noticed yesterday that there is a slight garbage smell when I enter the kitchen. How is this possible? Iím using about a cup of bokashi mix every time I add food waste. Another thing Iím wondering aboutÖ I have been adding my coffee grinds + unbleached paper filters to my bucket (I shake the grinds out and then throw in the filter). Is it okay to do this or should I eliminate the paper filter from the bucket? Thanks!
Great question, Terry. You're doing everything right, so it really just comes down to tweaking your practices a bit. Try adding a little more Bokashi mix every time. A cup will usually suffice, but in warmer weather, the contents of the bucket will tend to putrefy quicker, before the fermentation process begins. Be sure to keep the bucket out of sunlight (you probably store yours under the sink, but that's another tip for anyone who might have theirs out in the open) as that will only make the contents get warm faster, and it will stink.
One final thing that will help, and I don't know if you're presently doing this or not, is to compact the contents of your Bokashi bucket. You can do this by simply putting a pie plate or dinner plate over the top of the contents of your bucket and weighing it down with a brick. This helps the fermentation process by ensuring that the food waste is in direct content with the Bokashi bran---and remember, this is an anaerobic system, so the more oxygen we can force out of the contents, the better it will work.
Regarding your question about putting the coffee filters in the bucket, there's no problem with that. Keep on doing what you're doing in that regard.
I hope that helps. Please let me know if the odor goes away. If not, we'll have to dig a little deeper to find out how to get rid of the smell.
Anyone else have tips for dealing with stinky Bokashi? Please share them in the comments!
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