Ever wonder how you can make trash into something useful? That’s what Food Cycle Science hopes to do with its new product, the Food Cycler. The Food Cycler is a countertop compost machine that measures only one cubic foot.
Last week we talked about a kitchen multi-tool in Kitchen Tech Wednesday: Bin 8 Multi-Tool. This week’s gadget produces something you’ll never use in the kitchen: soil. Food Cycle Science, creator of the Food Cycler, says the home composter has been tested and produces safe, organic and sterilized soil from kitchen waste.
The Food Cycler looks like a bread maker you might keep on your kitchen counter, but we definitely don’t recommend trying to make bread in it. The white cube plugs into the wall. You put your food scraps in it, close it, hit the power button and in three hours you have organic compost. You don’t need to add anything other than food and plant material.
Composting is a great way to lead a greener life by making productive use of organic waste we throw away every day. Imagine all of the food material you throw in your kitchen garbage, including expired food, leftovers, vegetable stalks, apple cores and more. All of this trash ends up in a landfill. By composting, you’re turning that trash into valuable soil that can help you grow flowers or more vegetables in your yard.
The Food Cycler takes out a lot of the hard work of making your own compost in your yard and does it in a fraction of the time. Some critics have said it looks and acts like nothing more than a food dehydrator. Another criticism of the Food Cycler is the big price tag. Food Cycle Science says the Food Cycler will retail in stores for $399. Many people already experienced in making compost think this cost is laughable, considering the cheaper alternatives available for those who are serious about making their own compost at home.
If you’re willing to spend the few hundred dollars, the Food Cycler might be a good choice for those who live in apartments and simply don’t have the space to start a backyard compost pile. This kitchen gadget can also be cleaned in the dishwasher, which is always a plus. Food Cycle Science claims the compost coming out of the Food Cycler won’t smell. If you choose to buy one, have fun throwing your egg shells, coffee grounds and banana peels in there!