Pickling food scraps step by step

To kickstart the pickling process we develop 'Pickled Flakes' made from up-cycled coffee chaff (husk or shell of the coffee bean) which contain beneficial bugs (microbes) that ferment or ‘pickle’ food material. 

I'm ready to start pickling!
  • Step 1

    Scoop one handful of Pickled Flakes into an airtight bucket or a purposefully designed Bokashi bin. 

    If using an airtight bucket we suggest adding a large handful of wood mulch/shavings to the bottom of your bucket to absorb any liquid from food scraps OR use a home compostable bin liner to line your bucket.

  • Step 2

    Scrape your day's haul of food scraps into the airtight bucket.  Make sure you have chopped up anything bigger than your fist to maximise the pickling process!

  • Step 3

    Squash food using a potato masher or your food scrap container to remove as much air as possible.

  • Step 4

    Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of Pickled Flakes to each layer of scraps.  Make sure you double this amount if adding meat, fish, dairy products and bones/shells.

  • Step 5

    Seal your lid tight so air and pests can't get in!

  • Step 6

    Store your bucket under the kitchen bench, in a garage or outside undercover out of direct sunlight. When full, leave the bucket to pickle further for 10-14 days until it's ready to be emptied into a home compost bin or bury at least 30cm deep into your garden.

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