With an eye toward consumers who are looking to reduce their impact on the environment, the FoodCycler is touted as a food waster recycler that transforms food scraps into nutrient-rich soil in a matter of hours. The recycled food can be mixed into a garden as fertilizer.
“We knew many Vitamix users were composting, but we were curious about those who were not,” said Scott Hackman, vice president, Strategy, Business Insights, Brand and Marketing Operations at Vitamix.
He said the company conducted an independent study and found that there are significant obstacles to composting for many people.
“We wanted to make a year-round food recycling option available to everyone who is environmentally oriented, including those with limited outdoor space or those living in colder climates,” Hackman added.
The FoodCycler FC-50 is equipped with a small food-waste collecting bucket that can be moved around the kitchen — from countertop to sink — when preparing meals, is dishwasher-safe and comes with a lid.
To process food waste, simply place the bucket in the unit and press the power button. The unit then quietly agitates the food waste, while also aerating and heating it.
The FoodCycler has a specially formulated carbon filter that eliminates odors and any harmful methane gases, making it ideal for indoor use, such as under the sink or in a mudroom.
In addition to vegetable and fruit scraps, the FoodCycler FC-50 will also recycle meat, dairy products, pet food and small bones from fish or chicken, so most of the waste from healthy meals can be neatly processed.
The recycled food compound from the FC-50 is an excellent organic soil amendment, a fast-acting fertilizer scientifically proven to be beneficial to optimal vegetable growth. The unit takes between four and eight hours to turn food scraps into a dry, odorless powder.
The FoodCycler FC-50, which replaces the Vitamix FC-30, has several improvements over the earlier model, including processing time, filter life and a lid for the bucket.
The FoodCycler FC-50 comes with a three-year warranty and is available at vitamix.com for $399.95.
Also available are dissolvable tablets to restore beneficial bacteria and fungi to the food waste compound and replacement filters for the unit and the bucket lid.