If you’ve ever tried composting, you know it’s not exactly for the faint of heart. There are a lot of overwhelming smells, bugs, and manual labor that you will have to keep up with over a long period of time. If you want to cut down on the amount of trash you put out and get some fertilizer for free, then you might want to look into an option that will compost your food automatically.
While we’ve seen a few options in the past, the Food Cycler looks to be the most promising. This can take fruit and vegetable waste as well as bone or shells and turn it into compost in 3 hours. That’s right, three hours. Not only that, but you have to do very little to get the finished product. Simply throw all your scraps after a meal into the interior bin, close and lock the lid, then press the button.
Once it’s on, agitators will break down the food, and everything inside will be heated to 180 degrees Fahrenheit to make sure all the contents are sterilized. Thanks to a built-in filtration system, you won’t have to smell any of the process. After your scraps are all clean and broken down, the Food Cycler will cool the inside so you can put your new nutrient-rich soil amendment in a container or directly onto your plants. The interior bin is dishwasher safe, which makes cleaning this contraption a snap. It’s a $515 purchase that will reduce your kitchen waste by up to 90%. You don’t need to vent, drain, or add anything to this process, and you’ll be helping the planet, so that makes it worth it, right?