Annemarie C. This is one amazing appliance. I live in a community with no municipal household waste recycling. I use this system twice daily - once in the morning for breakfast scraps, fridge clearouts, coffee grounds, etc. In the evening, after dinner cleanup and other daily household wastes, I turn it… on for overnight. In each instance, the end product is very minimal, almost like sand. I then dispose of it outdoors in our yard. You could also throw out the remains in the garbage as they are completely recycled and will deteriorate nicely in a landfill without taking up any space at all. You can dispose of anything including chicken bones. You can leave your scraps in the recycler for days as there is a standby mode to move the air through the filters. The use of electricity is minimal - only for the drying and grinding. It is expensive but worth it. I bet you will get your money back when you start altering your purchases to meet only daily use so that there is no backup of kitchen scraps that need to go in the garbage.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Meat, fish, shellfish and poultry scraps
- Most fruit and vegetable scraps
- Cereals and grains
- Beans, seeds and legumes
- Chicken and fish bones
- Coffee grounds, filters and tea bags
- Eggs and eggshells
- Pet food
- Hard bones such as beef bones and pig bones
- Candy or gum
- Cooking oils or greases
- Hard pits (peaches, apricots, nectarines)
- Nuts and other hard shells
In limited quantities...
Also, when processing cake, rice, starches, pasta, high sugar fruits (grapes, bananas, melon, oranges, pineapple), sauces, jams, jellies, peanut butter or fatty food waste, be sure to mix them with other food waste. If these types of food waste are processed without mixing, there's a chance that the end product can become stuck to the bottom of the bucket, and not processed entirely. If your end product comes out less than optimal, simply add more food waste and start the cycle again.
The max draw on the Food Cycler is 500W. Each cycle consumes approximately 1kwh. The FoodCycler has built-in sensory technology that monitors the dryness and humidity of the food waste. Once complete, the unit will end its cycle automatically.
The residential FoodCycler's processing capacity is approximately 2-3 pounds. Use the indicator line on the inside of the waste bucket as a guide.
The FoodCycler takes anywhere from 2-6 hours (average 2.5 - 3.5 hours) for the food waste disposal process to completely dehydrate into its composted state. The processing time will depend on the amount you're trying to process. Please note these estimates exclude the unit's cooling time.
You bet! The unit can process bones from chicken and fish, however thick beef or pig bones are not recommended. Hard fruit pits such as those found in peaches can also be processed. It should be noted that when hard substances are processed, the coating on the bucket can become worn and the lifespan could decrease. This said, the bucket is made of cast iron, and designed to last for years.
The form of the by-product appears differently depending on the type of food waste being processed. Fish or cooked vegetables appear as fine powder form, and uncooked vegetables appear in a small cereal-like form. Cake, rice, and starches will have a thicker, chunkier texture.
After the pulverization and drying phase is complete, the FoodCycler enters the cooling phase. During this time, it consumes little power, but the unit will be hot until it is fully cooled, so do not open the lid until the entire cooling phase is complete.
You can, but you shouldn’t. Adding additional food waste to the unit during the cycle prevents the unit from generating 100% dehydrated compost. If you must add more waste, you will need to restart the cycle.
No. The lid should be locked after starting the system to prevent the cycle from being prematurely or improperly finished.
No. Is is always best to let the FoodCycler complete its cool down cycle which is designed to prepare the compost for handling.
The unit may emit an odor if you have not properly installed the filters at the back of the machine, or if the filters have not been replaced as directed. (About every 3 months.) Also, be sure to remove the sticker on the filters prior to use.
Definitely. The removable waste bucket is dishwasher-friendly.
Yes! The byproduct created by the FoodCycler can be used in various gardening applications. Check out our lab reports for more details.
Due to the aerobic digestion process, there are no methane gasses created during the process. Any C02 emissions created throughout the process are captured by the carbon filters built into the unit.