The All Seasons Indoor Composter is a unique indoor product used to recycle kitchen waste into an organic compost soil conditioner. The most effective method of fermenting is through anaerobic (without oxygen) fermentation. This process prepares the scraps for burial in less than half the time of conventional composting methods without any unpleasant odors. Used in conjunction with All Seasons Bokashi (sold separately), the system provides the ideal conditions to activate anaerobic fermentation that accelerates the composting process, while eliminating odors and deterring flies. The All Seasons Indoor Composter includes two unique features, the strainer and spigot, allowing the moisture released by the scraps of food waste to be drained out to prevent spoilage. This concentrated liquid, a nutrient-rich -inch tea-inch can be used as a fertilizer for plants or to clean your kitchen and bathroom drains once diluted. The All Seasons Indoor Composter is easy-to-use composting bin made for collecting food wastes all year long and can be easily implemented in an indoor environment making it useful for apartment, school, household, restaurant, business or wilderness use.
Not a complete solution, but it does fill a need ~ reviewed by Jonathan Burger
Opinions on this product are going to vary by the person so take my review FWIW. First, a set of pros and cons:
- It does digest and compost food as it says.
- The compost isn’t complete until you get it outside to finish, but it finishes quickly and provides fantastic compost.
- The bucket/fixture is pretty unobtrusive and looks good.
- It holds more than you’d think, primarily due to the fermenting/pickling reducing the size of items.
- It produces a liquid fertilizer that is great for houseplants.
- It does smell when you open it (although the smell goes away quickly when you’re done and close it).
- It is kind of a pain to “batch” piles of compost — the process is a little cumbersome to do every day, and results in a small collecting pile of deteriorating food items in between batches.
- It does require finishing outside, preferably in a compost bin/pile.
- The cleanup of the bucket is not fun — smells a lot like vomit.
Overall, I like this composter, and have been using it for a year now. I find it very helpful during the winter months to keep composting when I can’t get at my regular compost pile. Once you empty a batch in there, it looks nasty (everything looks the same as before, only moldy and white from pickling) and smells nasty too — but is turned into workable compost in days. I was actually amazed at how quickly it turned over. The batching is a bit of a pain, since you have to leave things out until you have enough to process — which sometimes results in unsightly gatherings of food and sometimes mold! The fertilizer liquid smells horrid, but is fine when you add a shot to a gallon/bucket of water for indoor houseplants. I’ve never smelled anything bad from the houseplants once they’ve been watered with this concoction.
Thumbs up, with some caveats — can work well in certain households!
It does work ~ reviewed by kilograham
I’ve gone through a few loads of bokashi fermented food in this unit. I also made my own out of some 3 gallon buckets. The happy farmer unit has never rotted the food. Yes there is an odor, but it is not rotten- my homemade bucket at one point was not airtight and it rotted food- there is a very big difference. The smell is a pickled smell, and I suppose it is stinky but honestly its not too bad. We use ours inside only. One tip is to put a plastic bag inside on top of the food and push it down so it eliminatess any air. The fermenting process is anaerobic so any oxygen in there just slows things down.
It isn’t effortless, yes you have to sprinkle the powder on every time you use it, and every once in a while you have to drain it out- this isn’t tough, and for me it helps to remind me to water the plants since it works as good fertilizer. This bucket isn’t perfect, but it beats the heck out a homemade bucket and lid because those are so hard to open.
Bokashi is more work than just throwing it away, but that small effort is rewarded with rich compost. Yes you have to either bury it or put it in your composter- if you do put it in a composter it turns super hot and rich really quickly, so I think its worth it.
Good product but understand how it works before you buy ~ reviewed by CLFisher
This is the first non-electric composting bin that I’ve found that’s designed to be used INDOORS. We bought one for our kitchenette at work. You add food scraps, sprinkle a little Bokashi activator on them, then seal it up until the next time you have scraps. You are supposed to use a plastic bag of beans or a metal plate or something else to rest on top of the scraps to keep them from coming into contact with too much air inside the bin — they are clear on that in the instructions that come with it but don’t explain it well in the marketing materials. Once full, you have to leave it sealed up for a few weeks to finish composting then bury the partially-digested compost outdoors. Unlike yard compost, the process is anaerobic and you do NOT get finished compost, more like fermented quasi-compost. The bin seals up well and does not smell bad but it does smell when open (tolerable but sour smell). The decomposing material gets moldy and I always feel like I should wash my hands (which sometimes get stuff on them) after opening the bin. Also, this green-and-tan version does NOT come with Bokashi activator like most of the kits available online so you have to buy that separately. From a design point of view, the bin is sturdy and the lid seals well but they should have included a plastic separator or metal plate or something else to keep the air off the scraps inside the bin. UPDATE SIX MONTHS LATER: I am changing my review from four stars to two. After sealing up the bin for about 6 weeks during the winter, one of my co-workers took it home to empty it in the spring. The odor of the contents was frankly DISGUSTING and lingered for days in his backyard and garage even after the partially composted materials were buried in the yard. You need to be VERY VIGILANT about emptying the liquid from the spigot and get rid of the contents if it starts to turn nasty (although we weren’t sure what to do mid-winter). You probably should be very generous with the Bokashi activator as well. We’re trying to decide if we should persevere with using the bin or try something else.
Works better than described ~ reviewed by Lorax
It continually amazes me how so many people tout recycling waste but how so few consider recycling food. This fermentation container is the 11th of my two families and three kitchens. We’ve been using them for a year with exceptional results. The horror stories often written come from those unfamiliar with the process and sabotage the results purely by accident. We rotate one to two buckets per kitchen between filling, stage one fermenting and stage two decomposition through burial. The “tea” produced provides superior (free) house plant fertilizer and garden foliar feeding solution. An added bonus of the foliar spray is the deer/groundhog/rabbit repellent properties and protection against insect pests like Japanese beetles.
One issue new users struggle with is the practice of decomposing bones, meat and tissue. My experience has identified two successful methods of speeding that process. I am referring to the addition of large amounts of bones like whole turkey carcasses, chicken wings, beef steaks, pork chops and ribs (holidays and barbecues). Method one: bones are typically slow to decompose due to their hard nature. Burial of bodies can take many centuries to decompose naturally. I found that if you use a mallet or hammer to crack the bones into smaller pieces which allows for less air space and a more efficient system for the bokashi bacteria. I also recommend, when layering bones, to top each with a layer of citrus peels from discarded lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruit. (These are easily obtained from recipes of lemonade or juicing oranges and grapefruit. Even composting old lemons work well if sliced up.) The added acids from the citrus lowers the pH in the bucket, leaches the minerals from the bones and increases the bacterial fermentation process. The bone fragments will be soft and rubbery at time of burial so worms, etc can speed the process. The citrus oil also “sweetens” the odor of the harvested “tea”.
The second method comes from a suggestion of Chef Jacque Pepin. After preparing whole turkeys, chicken, beef or pork roasts, all the bones should be placed in a pot of water along with the discarded vegetable scraps and leaves. The mixture should boil and simmer for an hour or so, then strained to produce excellent stock for future dishes. The residue including the now soft bones can be cooled and added to the fermentation bucket like everything else. Either way seems to speed the decomposition of bones. Don’t shy away from fermenting bones because of the relative slow process. Bones contain lots of needed minerals like calcium and phosphorus which are beneficial to garden soil.
It Would Have Been Great If It Were a Quality Product! ~ reviewed by Linda R. Hendrex
I am disappointed in this product. It cost $60.00, but is made of cheap and flimsy plastic. I think a homemade one could probably be made for less than $10.00. A better one could have easily been home made with a 5 gallon plastic paint bucket, a filter screen, a drill, and a watertight spigot assembly to fit the hole.
Upon the very first use, the draining spigot fell off when I tried to drain it. I was able to put it back on, but it leaks, and I have to keep it in a large plastic bus tub to prevent sour smelling leakage from damaging my floor.
One of the most irritating things is that it requires some sort of weight to be placed on top of the composting material to prevent air from getting into the processing compost; but I don’t have anything at all that is suitable for this purpose. I cannot understand at all why a cheap item that is this overpriced didn’t at least come with a properly sized, custom fitted top piece that could weigh the composting matter down properly. I am completely stumped about what I can use for this purpose because I don’t have anything the right size and shape. The instructions suggest a bag of beans, but that doesn’t fit at all, and I don’t want a bag of soggy, spoiling beans to dispose of when the process is finished! Immagine! They charged me $60.00 and didn’t even supply all the parts!!! If I had wanted to use such hillbilly methods as bags of beans, I could have used an old paint bucket and saved myself the money to purchase an upscale, expensive glitzy item whose hype far outweighs it’s value!!!
The design is clever and this could have been a really useful item if the makers of this product were not so intent on getting as much as they can while giving as little as they can. I just wish I had gotten a quality product for a fair price. Even $60.00 would have been acceptable if the product had been well made and had included all the required parts. I don’t mind paying for what I get as long as I get what I pay for. This compost bucket stinks of greed even more than the rotting garbage inside!
I am really sorry I bought this, and might look into sending it back. But, now that it already has composting food scraps in it, I don’t know if they will accept a return. I kind of think I have wasted $60.00 + dollars!
A lot more work than I bargained for ~ reviewed by Brian
More work than I thought it was going to be, and it doesn’t really MAKE compost, it just gets it started, then you’re supposed to bury the pickled food scraps in dirt in order for it to really break down. The return policies include restocking fee, so make sure you really want to buy this.
Keeps odors in. ~ reviewed by Amazon Customer
I live in the city. Anyone composting kitchen scraps will find they actually have too many “greens” and not enough browns. I’ve been collecting shredded paper from work to try to balance it out.
I have an outdoor rotating composter to use in conjunction.
One bucket is probably not enough if you want to cycle everything. A family of 3 that cooks a lot (lots of raw food with peels to process) fills this in a bit over a week. Having two would make it more convenient so I don’t have to dump stuff out while it’s snowing outside.
It starts getting nasty after a bit. I think I will get some compostable bags to make cleanup easier.
The cap is very secure and keeps odors in.
Everyone else in the household is too lazy to open this, so I am the only one that collects the garbage. Roaches are happy.
Liquid Gold Compost ~ reviewed by tntdig55
Hi got a used one and love it. I keep it outside and if Bees or other bugs are around it it, I hit it with the garden hose. I use a little of the liquid and add water then put it on any of my plants, some times it takes a while to show how well it works. and yes it will smell really really bad just like any other Good Compost will. Love Love it and have had it for 3 years now.
Save yourself a lot of money and buy a 5 gallon paint bucket! ~ reviewed by Consumer
Save yourself $30 and just drill a hole into a 5 gallon paint bucket and put something underneath it to catch the liquid!!!
I’m amazed how how highly rated this is. I’m thinking it must be fake reviews. I had the experience as other low raters that bought the kit and had with a leaky valve with the tan bucket. At first I thought maybe it was my fault for turning the knob too far. But one day I was sick of how slowly it was draining so I turned it to open it up fully. And could never get it to fully close again. It leaked all over the floor twice. When I emptied it I thought maybe I could take it apart or fix it somehow but there is no fix.
I complained to the company through email and they sent me another free tan bucket. I’ve been super careful not to move the valve too much, no matter low long it takes to drain. Well tonight I walked into my kitchen and quickly detected a weird smell. I traced it to the bucket to find it had leak a good amount of “tea” all over the floor!
My other issue with the valve is you have to have some strange shaped large but not tall container to catch the liquid. I ended up always putting the whole bucket on a stool and using an empty yogurt container to catch the liquid when draining. This also had the advantage that I could tip the bucket to make it drain a little faster. Because as I mentioned before, it drains very slowly.
I found the lid of the second bucket was more warped than the first, a definite sign of poor quality control. Even with the first lid, I had to double check I got a full seal around it because occasionally I learned I had missed an area when I went to open it and it opened too easily.
I don’t have a problem with the system itself. You just have to be aware that unlike traditional compost, the scrap do not disintegrate in the bucket. And it will have a smell but it’s different than regular compost which I don’t mind it. As far as the bucket, a paint bucket has a much better lid seal. I’m thinking you could just drill a very small hole at the bottom, maybe put a filter inside and put the paint bucket on top of a container that would automatically catch the tea as it is created. The bokashi can be bought separately or there are even ways to make it yourself at home if you do some research. I didn’t use a huge amount of it each time I put scrap it and the large bag I got with the kit has lasted me a while.
great compost bucket ~ reviewed by northern blue
I have had one of these for over a year or two (the black one), and have used it as a compost bucket before transferring scaps to my compost pile. It is a great compost bucket. It keeps smells in, insects out, is durable, etc. However, I just got the book “Bokashi Composting”, and realize I have been using it wrong. Bokashi needs to be stirred in. The bokashi predigests the compost in this anaerobic system. According to author Adam Footer, when properly done, there is no smell, or a pleasant smell. He also discusses how you can make your own bokashi. All food scaps can go in, including meat, unlike a regular pile. I am so enthusiastic about this that I just ordered 3 more of these for friends. The price on this one is cheaper than making one, and this one is much more attractive, and has a spigot. (He also tells you how to make one the book.) There is not need to “batch” as another reviewer suggested. One adds compost and bokashi until it is full. He recommends covering the compost with a plastic bag to keep it more anaerobic while filling the bin. When full, it should sit for 2 weeks, before transfer to the garden, where it should be buried in a future bed, which can be planted in an additional 2 weeks. He also tells how to make it into potting soil in a bucket on the porch, which does not seem as practical.
I was concerned about the 2 week wait, as I currently dump it into my compost bin as soon as it is full (using as a compost bucket, remember) I may use one of the 3 I am now buying, and alternate them. However, it occurs to me that I could also probably let it rest in an air tight 5 gallon bucket with lid for 2 weeks. Per writer, this is a much simpler and faster method of composting, which does not require the right mix of materials, temperature control, and produces a useable product quite quickly.
This unit would not necessarily be very helpful for an apartment dweller with no garden space. However, I plan to give 2 of these to friends in apartments with the hope that they will give me their finished compost, and I will put it in my garden. Of course, if one is simply trying to save the planet, and not make a garden, I suppose one could bury it anywhere where one has access to bare dirt, rather than filling landfills with soil enriching, biodegradable compost. Really though, with the cost and hassle of the bokashi, unless you have a use for the compost, this is probably not for you.