If you come to my house, I’ll ask you to smell my trash. No, I’m not being rude, it’s just because I’m excited.
My bokashi bin is cooking, providing tea and smelling great! There’s no better way to share the wonders of bokashi than to ask folks to smell your week-old trash and for them to say, “Wow, that smells pretty good!” It took several days before hubby was willing to take a sniff, but I’m persistent and he finally acquiesced.
My son was amazed and my daughter, well, she still hasn’t had a sniff and my mother-in-law thinks I’m weird.
No More Fussing about Food Waste
I used to get on my soapbox and complain about wasted food. “Why bother to cook it! I might as well toss it out before I spend the time seasoning and cooking because it ends up in the trash anyway!” Yep, that’s me. I hated to cook food and watch it go into the trash.
I’ve fixed that problem. Now, I cook two days in a row and the third day, if folks want to eat, they’ve got to eat what’s in the fridge. I’ll cook again when the food is used up. On occasion, a few things go bad and when they do, no problem. I feed it to my bokashi bin.
My bokashi bin is almost full. I started it on April 3rd, harvested tea on April 4th and 6th and now it’s 80% full. I’m anxious to take it to the next level. As you can tell by the tone of this post, I’m obsessed with my trash (sad to say).
The Next Bokashi Level
Because I’m new to bokashi, I’m taking it slow. That being said, besides figuring out what to do with my fermented food (whether I should bury it in the yard or create a “bokashi soil factory” on my deck) I’m accumulating the ingredients for making my own mix (the subject of a different post).
It’s been less than a week, but so far I’m 100% sold on bokashi. This type of sustainable living works whether you’re in an apartment or in a house with a yard. Kitchen scraps, the stinkiest part of any household trash, doesn’t have to stink and can be put to good use.
If you’re interested in sustainable living, or reducing your carbon footprint, give bokashi a try (wish I wasn’t so hasty in purchasing the Envirocycle –the subject of yet another post).