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.5 Gal Vitamix FoodCycler FC-50

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  • Reducing food waste with a press of a button
  • Carbon filtration system is perfect for indoor use
  • Easy clean up with the dishwasher safe bucket
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Our compact food recycler fits your life (and your living space). All you need is one cubic foot of space and a power outlet to get started-it's that easy. The carbon filter lid eliminates odors, so you can keep the removable waste bucket under your sink or on your countertop and conveniently fill it with food scraps after every meal. Fruit cores, vegetable peels, dairy, chicken bones, and more-the FoodCycler transforms food scraps into fertilizer and reduces your family's food waste. From morning to night, Vitamix FoodCycler make it easy to take care of yourself (and the planet). Simply toss your food scraps into the bucket, press the button, and relax.The Foodcycler breaks down food waste to a fraction of its original volume and creates a nutrient-rich fertilizer you can add to your soil. And the best part, The carbon filtration system eliminates odors, making it perfect for indoor use.
  • 2 l capacity for most table and refrigerator scraps including chicken bones cuts down volume of food waste by up to 90%
  • Flexible home placement and stores anywhere with power multiple daily uses
  • Easy to operate with 4-8 hour processing time energy conscious
  • Virtually odorless and includes odor eliminating carbon filters power/pause button plus LED lights indicate stages of processing
  • Click here for more information on Electronic Recycling Programs

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Assembled Depth (in.)12.6 inAssembled Height (in.)14.2 in
Assembled Width (in.)11 inProduct Depth (in.)12.6
Product Height (in.)14.2 inProduct Width (in.)11 in


Assembly RequiredNoCapacity (cu. ft.) - Total0.07062933 cu ft
Capacity (gallons)0.5283441Color FamilyBlack
Composter TypeCarouselCoveredYes
Indoor/OutdoorIndoorLandscape Supply TypeComposter
Low OdorYesOdorlessYes
Product Weight (lb.)27 lbReturnable90-Day

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An absolute must if you recycle food!
This thing is awesome. Seriously, this is a game changer in the house! We keep it right on the counter and fill it up almost every day or every other day. If the food will get stinky, then we run it that night and add more the next day. Few pro tips: 1-figure the right moisture amount otherwise you will get a thick syrup that will cake on to the sides ( you have been warned!) 2- avoid really hard foods like raw sweet potato, pits etc. 3- avoid too much fruit at once, you will have a caked on sugar candy mess at the end that will take days of soaking to get it to break down 4- Remember that it is going into your soil, so be sure to avoid salty foods. it will stay as salty when it is done and then when you put it into your soil it can kill your earthworms or plants.
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Perfect kitchen composter
I’ve run about 12 cycles of food waste, and absolutely love this composter/dehydrator. I had trouble starting it the first time because I held down the start button—it should simply be pressed and released. I only include vegetable waste, egg shells, and coffee grounds, and the resulting product is perfect for my garden. Two-person household fills bucket daily. This input keeps the unit clean. Wonderful invention!
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Food Cycler love
I am churning out super batches of “dirt” every other day and loving it. Best thing I ever did was purchase this unit.
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Incredible Results
Easy to use, excellent results. Our recycling includes coffee & tea grounds, veggie scraps, egg shells, plenty of banana peels with a citrus skin here and there. Higher fruit output & increased flower production. Our dooryard fruit are loving the "food". We're seeing healthier trees in every facet. Fruits are plentiful and with an improved flavor.
    Food Cycler FC-50 is AWESOME!!!
    The FoodCycler FC-50 is awesome!!! I use it 3 times a week to make an incrdible soil amendment to use as my seed starter. This was an GREAT purchase and I believe any gardner or pro-recycler would greatly appreciate the FC-50.
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    Exactly What I Was Hoping For!
    I'm SO pleased with the countertop electric composter! I collect my food scraps, turn it on once a week, and come out with a fresh, ready for the garden batch of compost! It's easy to use and quiet. I will be interested to see how much it affects my electric bill, but otherwise, I'm just looking forward to seeing how it boosts my garden this spring!
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    Very happy
    I was thrilled to get the Vitamix Foodcycler for Christmas, and used it for the first time the following day. It has been in almost daily use since then. I live in the north eastern US and although I have a tumbling composter, when it is really cold the doors to the tumbler freeze shut, and nothing decomposes anyway. With the Foodcycler I can keep food waste out of the trash, and create new compost. I am keeping it all in a bucket to add to my tumbler come spring.
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    Excellent Mini-composting Assistant
    I love being able to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills. This product helps a great deal toward that goal, eliminating most organic waste from the trash. My only complaint is that it’s a bit finicky depending on the night’s refuse. Sometimes it gets stuck mid-process and requires some manual adjustments. However, overall, it does a great job and seems to be one of the best counter-top products of it’s kind. I also appreciate the company’s excellent reputation and customer service. I also own a vita-mix turbo blender which has stood up to many years of use.
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    Amazing Alchemy
    The Vitamix FoodCycler works perfectly for our two-person household. It is amazing how it reduces a pailful of waste by more than two-thirds and transforms it into soil! We keep the collection pail on the kitchen counter, and it is full every two days. We keep the dryer/grinder machine in the garage and run it overnight. We only collect plant waste so that we can use the compost on our plants. I will be spreading the compost outside only because it seemed to draw fleas to our indoor plants.
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    Amazing Product
    I received the Vitamix® FoodCycler® FC-50 in October and have been using it on a regular basis since then. I am very, very impressed with all aspects of the Composter, easy of use, quietness, cleanliness and the quality of the results. I was surprised that the compost bucket was small (or so I thought!) it is more than large enough!! I have processed 24 ounces of organics down into 4 ounces of beautiful, clean dry compost. I put a post it note on the side of the machine, you can see it in the photo, WOW. That is a huge amount of product not being put into the garbage. I would highly, highly recommend the Vitamix to everyone. I love it!!!
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