Kitchen Compost Crock or Bokashi ? Which one should I use?

Bokashi or Kitchen Compost Crock

First of all…

What is a Bokashi Bucket?
What is a kitchen Compost Pail?

Bokashi Composting

The Bokashi system uses an anaerobic form of composting which means composting with no oxygen. This is different to a normal compost pile where oxygen is used and in fact oxygen is encouraged into the pile by turning the contents. No oxygen means that the lid is airtight and it a fermentation process that takes place.

Using a Bokashi bucket means that you can use the system inside the home perhaps in the kitchen or laundry and it has no smell when used correctly.

You fill one bucket, seal and wait for fermentation to take place.  It is useful to have two buckets so that one can be filled while the other is busy fermenting away and for this reason another bucket is often purchased at a later date.

A product called EM Bokashi is added which helps to speed up the fermenting process. When fermentation is complete you have a product that is called a soil amendment so you still need to add the contents of the bucket to a compost bin or garden whether it is yours or a communal plot doesn’t matter.

The fermentation process is much faster than the traditional method .

A Bokashi bucket can take all kitchen waste and that includes meat and dairy products which is a big plus and really reduces the amount of garbage from a household.


Kitchen Compost Pail

A kitchen compost crock also known as a indoors compost pail or kitchen compost crock is quite different to a Bokashi bucket.

A compost pail either sits on the kitchen bench or if it is larger, perhaps under the sink on a shelf.  It can be plastic, or ceramic or stainless steel and all are popular for different reasons.

Ceramic crocks look nice sitting on the kitchen bench and can be color matched to suit decor, however stainless steel has a modern look and is also easy to clean.

Kitchen scraps are added in much the same way as the Bokashi however there are some fundamental differences.

The compost pail  is a receptacle for collecting kitchen waste and this does not include meat or dairy and when the crock is full it is taken outside and added to an existing compost bin to finish the composting process.

What sort of kitchen waste can be put in a Bokashi and a Compost Caddy

The Bokashi bucket takes all organic kitchen residue, including meat, fish and dairy plus everything that can be added to a kitchen compost crock such as fruit and vegetable scraps.

This is how it works. Kitchen waste is added to the bucket, Bokashi bran is sprinkled over the top,  just a sprinkle, enough to cover the waste and then the waste is pressed down to help eliminate air.  Carry on in this way until the bucket is full and then put it aside to ferment.

A kitchen composting pail will not take meat, fish, and dairy product. Fruit and vegetable waste and other sundry items can be added.  Go to this link for a more comprehensive list but definitely no meat, fish or dairy.

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Emptying the containers

The Bokashi wins hands down here as the size of the bucket is reasonably large, so it takes time to fill, depending on the size of your household of course. The volume capacity is 5US gallons.

The Bokashi bucket has a spigot where liquid can be collected, diluted and used as an all purpose fertiliser for plants. The amount of liquid collected will be somewhat impacted by what you add to the Bokashi bucket.  A fair amount of water based food stuffs such as fruit will increase the liquid collected.  If you have no liquid, tilt the bucket forward a little or check that the spigot isn’t clogged.

The kitchen compost pail has to be emptied more often (at least once or twice per week) to prevent food going rotten or moldy and causing bad smells. Go to this link for things to consider when buying a compost pail.

Something to consider here is how far away your compost bin or pile is from the kitchen. If you have to traipse down to the back of the yard this may affect your purchasing decision in so far as size of container and also type.

Composting Tips


The Bokashi bucket itself is not expensive however adding the soil inoculant will incur an ongoing small cost.

A Kitchen crock varies in price depending on the whether it is plastic, stainless steel or ceramic and also the manufacturer.  There is pretty much a price point to suit everyone.

The filters for a compost crock are carbon or charcoal based.  They can be rinsed and reused, they typically last around 3- 6 months. Once the odor returns pretty quickly, it is time to replace the filter.

Size of the Bokashi compared to Compost Crocks

The Bokashi system holds 5 US gallons whereas kitchen compost container will hold considerably less.  There is a reason for that.  The kitchen compost crock is not a compost system in itself or even a fermentation system like Bokashi.

It is a place to store scraps, that is convenient, on top of or under the kitchen counter is a common place for kitchen compost crock.


Well, I am not sure if that is a word but you get the idea.  A Bokashi container can sit inside and the smell is not noticeable at all, if used correctly that is.

A kitchen compost crock needs to be emptied frequently to avoid odors however how often it needs to be emptied may depend on the weather and also if the filters are in good shape.

It does have some odor control by the way of filters.  The kitchen compost caddy needs to be emptied often which is not a problem if you are aware of that fact.

One potential drawback of a countertop compost container is that it can attract flies if not emptied frequently.

I did read about a person who purchased a small countertop compost bin and when it was filled the contents were added to the Bokashi bucket. That seems like a very efficient way of operating.

What do I do with the Bokashi once it has fermented?

Once fermentation has taken place you can just dig a hole and add it to the garden.  It is a wonderful addition to the soil and what a brilliant soil fertilizer straight from the kitchen.  You can also add it to an existing compost pile or bin.

What ever system you can use, you will be significantly reducing  waste and doing great things for your garden at the same time.  That all sounds pretty good and a worthwhile way endeavour.

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