Food Cycler

Organic Waste Recycler

Garden Food

This energy-efficient food recycler will transform your kitchen scraps into a beneficial mixture for your yard—fast.

Toss any unwanted food, cooked and uncooked, right on in—peels, cores, veggies, and even bones, shells, and meat. Food Cycler dehydrates and sterilizes food waste with heat and vibration, reducing the volume by
90% in less than three hours. Thanks to a carbon filter, the process is odorless.

Your amazingly shrunken scraps can go straight to your garden or lawn. It’s prime landscaping material, too. Once it’s watered and begins to decompose, it’ll release micro-nutrients like phosphorous, potassium, and nitrogen that help plants grow.

Unlike traditional composting, Food Cycler takes hours (not months) to get your food waste away from landfills and in your yard.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Bradley

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce the FoodCycler Organic Waste Recycler to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have!

  • Diane
    6/20/2017 10:43 AM

    Sounds like a great idea. How often do the carbon filters need replaceing?

  • Guest
    6/20/2017 10:58 AM

    @Diane Hi Diane! Depending on how often you use the machine, we recommend changing the filters every 4 months or so. There is an indicator light built into the machine that will suggest when it is time for a change. When you start to smell something, it is generally time!

  • Kim
    6/20/2017 1:10 PM

    Bradley, how many filters come with the initial unit? It looks like the replacement filters are a 2-pack, but it's not entirely clear. Can you clarify? Thanks!

  • Sherry
    6/20/2017 10:44 AM

    Hello! How often does the carbon filter need to be replaced? Is there an indicator to remind me to change the filter?

  • Guest
    6/20/2017 11:00 AM

    @Sherry Hi Sherry - Ever 4 months, or so! Yes - there is an indicator light!

  • JoAnne
    6/20/2017 10:52 AM

    Hello Bradley,

    Your product looks like a great idea. Wondering how much energy the three hours of processing consumes.

    Best regards,


  • Guest
    6/20/2017 10:58 AM

    @JoAnne Hi Jo! Great question... On average, we estimate that the unit will consume about 0.8 kwh per cycle.

  • Sandy
    6/20/2017 10:53 AM

    Is there any odor when the scraps are placed in the garden and watered?

  • Guest
    6/20/2017 10:59 AM

    @Sandy Hi Sandy! No odours whatsoever! What we do recommend is really mixing in the by-product with the soil. For best results, if you can allow the by-product to "cure" or mature for a few weeks after, it will be even better.

  • Gail
    6/20/2017 10:57 AM

    What is the noise level?

  • Guest
    6/20/2017 11:20 AM

    @Gail Hi Gail! The machine is actually fairly quiet. I would compare it to a dishwasher. The nice thing about the unit is that it has a removable bucket which allows you to operate the machine anywhere. A lot of our customers will actually buy two buckets, keeping one on the countertop and the second running in the machine elsewhere.

  • Larry
    6/20/2017 11:04 AM

    This is a GREAT idea. It's out of my financial means, however.

  • Guest
    6/20/2017 11:21 AM

    @Larry Thanks for the feedback, Larry!

  • Deb
    6/20/2017 11:22 AM

    Hi, I always thought you cannot put meat in your compost. Why is this different? Also, after the 3 hrs you then have to let it " cure " for a few weeks?

  • Guest
    6/20/2017 11:27 AM

    @Deb Hi Deb - awesome questions! You're right, typically meat is not wanted in a traditional compost pile. That's one of the features that makes the FoodCycler so cool. We can process meat, bones, pits and shells because of the aerobic process that we're using. After the cycle is complete, the by-product is suitable for use as a soil amendment, however if you want to improve the quality even more, aging it for a few weeks can be beneficial.

  • Bradley
    Bradley – Special Guest
    6/20/2017 11:34 AM

    @Deb Hi Deb - great question!

    You're right... Typically meat is not something you would want in your compost pile. This is actually one of the features that make the FoodCycler so cool! Because of the aerobic digestion process, we are using, we are able to handle meat, bones, pits and even shells. In doing so, we're eliminating any bacteria and pathogens by the end of the cycle.

    With respect to the by-product it is suitable for land use immediately after the cycle is complete, however for even better results, allowing it to mature for a few weeks can be beneficial. In any event, always be sure to mix it well into the soil.

  • Jimmy
    6/20/2017 11:34 AM

    @Deb I made compose for my garden the old fashion way and it took a lot longer than a few weeks to use it in my garden. I like this idea it sound wonderful to me. Great Grandpa

  • Tracy
    6/20/2017 11:33 AM

    I am so excited to see this! Yes, it's expensive, but so are composters, and our last tumbler has now rusted through. I'm looking forward to trying this, and we'll keep our compost pile for yard waste.

  • Bradley
    Bradley – Special Guest
    6/20/2017 12:01 PM

    @Tracy Tracy - Thanks for the awesome feedback! Just so you know, we're here for you if you have any questions or concerns! Feel free to contact us anytime!

    Happy Recycling!

  • Lea Ann
    Lea Ann
    6/20/2017 11:48 AM

    I love this idea! We live where we have a septic tank and can't put just anything in it with a garbage disposal so composting is ideal. Our problem is animals like deer, raccoons, etc. in my flowerbeds. Any idea if the recycled food waste would attract them?

  • Bradley
    Bradley – Special Guest
    6/20/2017 12:02 PM

    @Lea Ann Hi Lea Ann - great question. We have heard people claim both sides of this argument. The key is trying to mix the by-product into the soil. Those who have simply spread or sprinkled the by-product on the ground tend to be the ones who see the animals come around. If you're mixing it into the soil, you shouldn't have any problems.

  • Lea Ann
    Lea Ann
    6/20/2017 12:07 PM

    @Bradley That would make sense. Thank you for responding and for creating such a neat product! I wish you great success you your launch. It seems like a really worthwhile product to me.

  • alexandra
    6/20/2017 12:06 PM

    seems like a waste of energy when a compost pile or barrel will do the same in time. Why the hurry??

  • Bradley
    Bradley – Special Guest
    6/20/2017 12:22 PM

    @alexandra Great question! Actually, in most cases, assuming your energy is created using mostly renewables, the FoodCycler is actually more environmentally friendly than your backyard compost pile.


    Because of the methane gasses. Methane gas is actually 25x more harmful than the CO2 emissions from your car. Because of the process the FoodCycler uses, there are no methane gasses.

    Additionally, compost bins present limitations. Meat, for example, is not allowed in certain municipal compost bins. Also, many regions have cold winter months that do not allow for compost bins.

    The FoodCycler is an alternative to those who don't necessarily have a solution for their food waste problem.

    Thanks for the question, Alexandra!

  • Yoko
    6/20/2017 12:09 PM

    Is this a composter? Its great to have compost in just 3 hours! Our HOA won't let us have any kind of compost bin on our property so this will be a great to have this!

    But from the video it looks like food scrap dehydrator (not composter). If this machine just use heat to dry food scraps and crushes to small pieces? If so then I'm afraid to use this and put back into the ground because when it watered or rained doesn't this attract wild animals like foxes and deer?

    I guess this must be too good to be true to make a decent COMPOST. Oh well.

  • Bradley
    Bradley – Special Guest
    6/20/2017 12:24 PM

    @Yoko Thanks for the comment, YOKO!

    We actually work closely with a number of condo owners who share your exact concern.

    Technically, we prefer to call our machine a "Food Waste Recycler". While our machine achieves a similar result to compost, it technically wouldn't qualify as "AA COMPOST" in some regions.

    The FoodCycler uses heat, air and agitation through an aerobic digestion-like process to break down food waste quickly over a short period of time.

    The by-product can be applied to land, but it is important to mix it well into the soil. If you want to be extra sure, try letting the by-product mature for a few weeks after the cycle.

  • Barbara
    6/20/2017 12:16 PM

    We've had our FoodCycler a few weeks and the volume reduction is amazing. We are, however, having baked-on remnants. We're trying process of elimination but haven't found a culprit. Fruit and veggie skins and cores, along with loose-leaf tea make up our "normal" batch. Do you have suggestions or a list of usual suspects? Also, a cycle for us has been 5 hours. Is it's "baking" too long? Can the bucket be treated with anything to make it non-stick?

  • Bradley
    Bradley – Special Guest
    6/20/2017 12:26 PM

    @Barbara Great to hear you're getting some good use out of the FoodCycler, Barbara!

    Sometimes we see that high starch content or large amounts of fructose will react poorly to the coating inside the bucket.

    We've since made changes to this coating to improve on this.

    We have had some success in adding a vegetable oil to the following load. This will assist in loosening some of the remnants.

    If your problem continues, contact our support team and they can look into getting you and upgraded bucket with the new coating that is now available.

  • Cynthia
    6/20/2017 12:52 PM

    How much does the bucket hold? What is the volume? Can the contents be packed into the bucket? The video shows a tiny amount of recycled content. Is that the result of a full bucket? Thanks.

  • Bradley
    Bradley – Special Guest
    6/20/2017 1:03 PM

    @Cynthia Hi Cynthia!

    The bucket can hold approximately 2.5L of waste. The contents can be packed somewhat, but this will only add to the cycle time.

    The end result will actually be quite minimal. The video would be a fair representation of what to expect after a full load.

  • Kay
    6/20/2017 1:40 PM

    How big a batch can it process at a time?

    Are the carbon filters a standard industrial/commercial size? I'm leery of buying equipment that requires supplies I can only get one place.

    I suggest you add the info on kwh per cycle to the description.

  • Bradley
    Bradley – Special Guest
    6/20/2017 2:33 PM

    @Kay Hi Kay!

    The FoodCycler can process about 2 - 3lbs per cycle. Consumption will vary, but averages out around 0.8kwh per cycle.

    The filters are available through a number of on-line retailers, but we recommend using The Grommet if that's where you purchased your machine. If ever you're wondering where you can get some, our customer service team will be glad to help.

  • David
    6/20/2017 1:52 PM

    What a product! My family and I usually have a lot of tomahawk steaks, and the bone is fairly long. Will the machine still work if the cover isn't on?

  • Bradley
    Bradley – Special Guest
    6/20/2017 2:31 PM

    @David Hi David!

    Let's fire up the grill!

    Steak bones are one of the limitations of the FoodCycler. Chicken bones, turkey bones and fish bones can all be processed.

    We'd recommend saving those Tomahawk bones for the dogs!

  • Caroline
    6/20/2017 2:16 PM

    I'm sorry but to insulate that dried and sterilized food waste is akin to compost is simply wrong. Compost is alive, filled with air, water, bacteria, and fungus. This product is simply a food dehydrator. While some nutrients may be left in the dried up husks of food remnants, it is nothing to compare to what is achieved from real compost. I have been using a homemade worm bin roughly the size of this device for two years to process my household's food scraps and to create true compost for our garden. It is odorless, and I spent less than $35 on all the supplies including the worms. This product is trying to take advantage of people by misleading them into believing that what they will be creating is actually compost.

  • Bradley
    Bradley – Special Guest
    6/20/2017 3:18 PM

    @Caroline Hi Caroline.

    We welcome all feedback, so thank you for sharing.

    With that said, we would have to disagree with most of your points.

    Worm composting certainly is a viable option, but it definitely isn't for everyone. Many people welcome alternative options to having worms composting their food waste in the kitchen. Additionally, there are a number of limitations to what can and cannot be processed through a worm composter. Definitely a solution for some, but not all!

    With respect to the by-product, as you can see from the comments above, we tend to agree with you that there is no substitute for true compost. That said, there is considerable damage done to the environment in order to achieve that end result. Moreover, composting has limitations to what can be processed, and winter months are another barrier. The Food Cycler is an option not only for those looking to create a soil amendment for their garden but also for those who are simply looking to get rid of the rotting food waste that accumulates on a daily basis.

    If your main goal is to create pure compost, then this machine is not likely your best option year-round. Our first priority it to eliminate your food waste problem in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Once that is complete, we are able to say that the by-product can be safely returned to the earth without any harmful off-gassing that would traditionally be present in backyard composting.

    Thanks for sharing, Caroline - happy composting!

  • Chris
    6/20/2017 2:51 PM

    Hi Bradley,

    I currently live in a condo. I'm very excited with the idea of eliminating my family's food waste problem. I'll be sure to share my Food Cycler experience with the other residents of my building. I can't stand the smell of the garbage bin in our parking garage!

  • Bradley
    Bradley – Special Guest
    6/20/2017 3:03 PM

    @Chris Hi Chris!

    Thanks for the awesome feedback!

    We hear similar feedback from other condo dwellers. The FoodCycler offers a solution to simply storing scraps in the freezer, or even worse, having them rot in your garbage!

    Be sure to let us know if there is anything else we can help you with. Our team is ready and available to answer any questions!

  • Suz
    6/20/2017 3:12 PM

    Re: meat and bones ... do they have to be cooked to eliminate the threat of salmonella or can they be raw? Also, can the by product just be added to an established composter if there is not a need for it at the moment it is produced? I am in the kitchen three times a day for meals so I have a lot of scraps for the composter - would probably produce way more waste than would be needed on a daily basis. And last, is it just for food scraps and not for the additional household things that can go into a composter?



  • Bradley
    Bradley – Special Guest
    6/20/2017 3:26 PM

    @Suz Suz - Awesome questions...

    1) Raw and cooked meat can be processed. Because of the process, the end product comes out pathogen free.

    2) Yes, you would likely need either multiple units, or multiple cycles. The throughout capacity is designed for a typical household. That said, many families run multiple cycles.

    3) An existing compost pile is the IDEAL place for the end product. It will act as a compost accelerant. You know it is safe because it is sterile and pathogen free. When interacting with traditional compost piles, micro-nutrients will begin to reform.

    Hope this helps!

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