Bokashi Composting: Stink-Free Accelerated Indoor Composting
Bokashi composting is a compact Japanese method of indoor composting, that uses a drainable container, and Effective Microorganisms (lactic acid bacteria, yeast and phototrophic (PNSB) bacteria) in a “bran” substrate to neutralise odours, and accelerate decomposition. The bucket is equipped with a tap on the bottom, so you can harvest “compost tea" to mix with water, and give to your plants to both inoculate them against diseases, and give them nutrients. Food waste is set in to the bucket, and then covered in the biodynamic "bran" in order to facilitate rapid conversion into rich material for your garden.
You can buy a composter and bran online:
- Bokashi Composting: Scraps to Soil in Weeks
- SCD Probiotics K100 All Seasons Indoor Composter Kit, Tan Bucket with Bokashi
- Sunwood Life Bokashi Compost Kit
- RTS Home Accents 2-Pack Of 4.75-Gallon Kitchen Compost Kits
- Bio Bokashi Indoor Kitchen Composter Kit
- The Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi
- Bokashi Food Waste Recycling System
Or, you can make a DIY version:
Bake 71 and 72
Water 70% / High extraction flour 100% / Salt 2.2% / Levain 20%
Loaf 1 - 2 1/2 hours for the final rise.
Loaf 2 - 15 hours in the refrigerator.
The baker’s percentage system
Professional bakers do not use recipes, but “formulas” that list ingredients as percentages based on ratios, as seen above (“Water 70% / High extraction flour 100% / Salt 2.2% / Levain 20%”). Here is the main point to remember: In the baker’s percentage system, the weight of the flour is always counted as 100%. If more than one type of flour is used, the flours are added together to make 100%. The weight of all the other ingredients, such as water, fat and salt, are expressed as a percentage of the flour weight.
The baker’s percentage system allows bakers to compare doughs and create new formulas with desired characteristics. Formulas can be scaled up or down easily. Once you understand this system, it’s easy to make whatever kind of bread you want simply by knowing the percentages typical for different formulas, from dense, chewy bagels to the most delicate crêpes and light and airy bread loaves. You can also easily convert non-sourdough recipes to sourdough ones and vice versa. Part III of my book has formulas for many types of breads.
Earth Sheltered Homes
The earth sheltered house uses the ground as insulating blanket which effectively protects it from temperature extremes, wind, rain and extreme weather events. An earth sheltered home is energy-efficient, quiet, freeze-proof and low maintenance. Aesthetically an earth sheltered home blends in with the natural environment, leaving more yard space and more space for wildlife.
Fifteen feet below ground the soil maintains a fairly constant temperature equal to the annual average temperature of the area’s surface air. If the average temperature in your area is 55, that means the soil temperature at 15 feet is 55 degrees and in the winter you will only have to bring the temperature inside your earth sheltered home up thirteen degrees, to bring it up to a comfortable 68 degrees. Versus bringing up the inside temperature 68 degrees, if your home is above ground and the outside windchill is 0. In the summer, that 55 degree soil will also keep your home much cooler than an above ground home. Many earth homes incorporate passive solar designs lessening even further the need for fuel for heating or cooling…
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