Update July 2020: Vitamix is Launching a New Foodcycler, the FC-50
The Vitamix FC-50, available next week, July 31, 2020, is a new FoodCycler.
My understanding is that it’s essentially the same composting machine, not a lot different than the one originally offered, an FC-30.
Could be very cool, especially if you already compost your food scraps and want to expedite the soil-creation process.
Hopefully ours arrives soon so we can show it to you and offer our first impressions.
We’ll send an email once we have something to show you: Keep me updated.
Here’s what we know about the Original Foodcycler, the FC-30, from Vitamix
Vitamix is offering a new product on its site: The FoodCycler!
(Update 2019-08-23: Get $50 off plus free shipping via our links.)
The product is not currently made or distributed by Vitamix. Someday maybe?
But it’s a product and company, Food Cycle Science, they stand by.
We’re are trying to get our hands on one asap.
But until then, here’s what we know.
The FoodCycler is a composting machine?
Per marking materials:
“The FoodCycler is a compact, counter top food waste recycler which transforms food waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Using innovative technology, the FoodCycler decomposes food waste aerobically, breaking it down to a tenth of its original volume and filtering out any harmful methane gasses. Each unit comes with a removable, porcelain coated bucket and two carbon filters.
The FoodCycler has three stages to complete the process from food waste to soil amendment which are drying, grinding, then cooling. This process removes orders and methane gasses along with reducing waste volume by 80-90%. The FoodCycler has a one button feature that runs the cycle and times itself to finish without the user needing to monitor the process and can be placed anywhere where there is space for the machine and a power outlet such as a closet, counter top, garage, or cabinet. The process completes within 8 hours but could take as little as 3 hours. The FoodCycler can grinds fruit/cores, veggies, dairy, cooked and raw meat, and even small bones.”
Initial thoughts about the FoodCycler
Everything goes into a small compostable bag inside a small bucket. Eventually, those bags go into a special container that gets picked up by the city of Minneapolis.
In the past, we’ve had our own composter drum to do it all ourselves.
The challenges of the former are that we make a lot of trips outside. And with the latter, there was that plus you have to “stir” the compost regularly.
With both, we’ve never actually yielded any nutrient-rich soil.
So now some questions:
- Does this solve a problem for us?
- Do we have the space for this?
- Is there a net benefit? (economically, enviornmentally, time-spent, etc?)
I could see how this could be really awesome for us, especially once we get our garden going.
But I feel like the value needs to be demonstrated for me. Or by me.
Updates coming soon, hopefully! 🙂
Update: A 90-second demo of the FoodCycler in action
Here’s a very short video showing the FoodCycler in action.
Features and Benefits per Vitamix (in my own words)
It’s a countertop composter converts food waste into fertilizer in hours.
- Get nutrient-rich soil (fertilizer) extremely fast.
- Zero odor (of rotting food).
- *Not* weather dependent
If you’ve been wanting to compost and get amazing fertilizer for your garden but don’t want to wait several weeks and do the dirty work, this product may be for you.
And now that I think about it, I can think of several households that would love to have this.
Hopefully we can get one soon. 👍
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