FoodCycler™ FC-30E

What CAN the FoodCycler™ process?

- Most fruit and vegetable scraps
- Meat, shellfish, and poultry scraps
- Cheese
- Beans, seeds, and legumes
- Chicken and fish bones/shells
- Coffee grounds, filters, and tea bags
- Eggs and eggshells

What CAN'T the FoodCycler™ process?

- Hard, dense bones (beef, pork, lamb and bison)
- Candy or gum-Cooking oils and greases
- Hard pits (peaches, apricots, nectarines)
- Nuts and other hard shells
- Pineapple leaves
- Watermelon rinds

In limited quantities?

- Cake
- Rice
- Bread
- Pasta
- High sugar fruits (grapes, bananas, melon, oranges and pineapple)
- Sauces
- Jams
- Jellies
- Peanut butter

Cut up prior to cycling:
- Corn cobs
- Corn husks
- Parsley
- Cilantro
- Asparagus
- Celery

*Be sure to mix these items with other, recommended food wastes, particularly eggshells, coffee grinds and/or citrus peels. If the items listed above are cycled without proper mixing, cutting and variety, the items may not process entirely, or your by-product could stick to the bottom and sides of the bucket.

How much electricity does the unit consume?

Each cycle consumes less than 1 kWh (approximately 0.8 kWh) - this is roughly equivalent to having a desktop computer running for the same amount of time as the cycle. Dependent on where you live, each cycle should not cost you more than a couple of cents. The FoodCycler™ has built-in sensor technology that monitors the dryness and humidity of the food waste. Once complete, the unit will stop the cycle automatically.

How much food waste can the unit cycle at one time?

The unit has a 2.5 litre bucket capacity. We recommend keeping the contents below the indicator line level to avoid jams.

How long does the FoodCycler™ cycle last?

A typical cycle takes between 4-8 hours (with an average of 5 hours) for the food waste to become completely dehydrated and processed. This time depends on the amount of food waste being processed, the density of the food wastes and the moisture levels contained in each. Please note that these estimates exclude the unit's cooling time which lasts less than a half hour on average.

How long do the filters last?

The carbon filters last between 3-4 months with regular use, or 500 cycle hours. The life expectancy of the carbon filters is determined by the moisture content of the food waste, and the natural odorousness of the food waste. Denser, wetter and smellier food wastes will go through filters much faster than simple veggie scraps and eggshells.

Can the FoodCycler™ process bones?

Yes, the unit can process fish, chicken, and other small bones. However, the unit cannot process beef, pork, and other large bones. Large bones and pits can cause jams or damage the bucket's grinding gears.

What are the 3 stages of the Cycle - Drying, Grinding, Cooling?

The Drying phase is focused on removing moisture from your food waste. The blade turns less frequently during this part of the cycle.

The Grinding phase continues the drying process to remove any remaining moisture. The blade turns more frequently during this part of the cycle.

The Cooling phase is a safety measure, to return the processed food waste to near-room temperature, making it safe to handle. Power usage is minimal during the Cooling phase.

*PLEASE DO NOT SKIP THE COOLING CYCLE. It is for your safety and for the safe handling of your FoodCycler™ and grinding bucket.

Can I add food waste to the FoodCycler™ once I've already started a cycle?

You can, but it is not recommended. Adding additional food waste to the unit during the cycle slows the dehydration and grinding process. Further, the unit will restart the cycle, which could add to your overall cycle time, depending on when you interrupted it.

However, if you do add food waste mid-cycle, the unit has humidity sensors that will take into account the food waste that was already being processed, meaning that it won't take nearly as long as the first "round". The food added later may not be properly ground up at the end of the cycle.

Can I open the lid on the FoodCycler™ during the process to see what's going on?

No. The lid should be kept locked once you've pressed Start to prevent the cycle from being prematurely or improperly finished, or from lasting longer than usual. Further, the unit will beep and stop cycling when the lid is unlocked.
The food waste and bucket get very hot during the process so it is strongly recommended keeping the lid shut.

Can I empty the bucket as soon as the unit finishes its cycle?

Once the unit beeps and/or shuts off following a cycle, the bucket is safe to handle - though may still be quite warm. Please exercise caution when handling the bucket directly after a cycle.

Why is my FoodCycler™ emitting odour?

The unit could be emitting an odour for a variety of reasons. The carbon filters are required to ensure a near-odourless cycle. They last approximately 500 cycle hours, or 3-4 months with regular use. Even if the Replace Filter light has not gone on yet, you may need to switch out your filters. Similarly, you can continue cycling even if the Filter light as gone on. 

Filter life is determined by the moisture quantity in the food waste, and the natural odorousness of each cycle. If you are cycling rotten, smelly or potent food wastes (such as rotten meat, or old cheese) your filters may not last as long as if you were cycling simple veggie scraps and coffee grounds.

Another consideration, is that you may not have removed the filter stickers on the tops of the filters which are attached post-production to limit carbon spillage. Make sure your filter stickers are removed prior to using the FoodCycler™.

How can I clean my FoodCycler™ grinding bucket?

The removable grinding bucket is dishwasher-safe. However, you don't really need to clean it at all! If the bucket is not jammed with processed food waste, you can simply continue to add food waste to the bucket and cycle as usual. Any residue stuck to the bucket is almost always a cosmetic issue, and caused by the oil/grease or moisture content of the unit cycle.
For an all-natural clean, try cycling citrus peels by themselves! This will also help to eliminate any trapped odours in the unit's ventilation system.
If dried food waste is stuck to the bucket, soak in warm soapy water to remove.

What happens to the methane gases during the cycle?

Methane gas is emitted during the decomposition process of organic materials in an anaerobic ("no air") environment. Methane is 30 times more insulative of atmospheric heat than CO2, and is therefore a huge contributing force to global climate change. Since the FoodCycler™ aerates the food waste while heating and pulverizing (an aerobic environment), those environmentally damaging methane gases are not produced at all.

Can I recycle my filters/bucket?

Yes you can! The filters are made of PP5 plastic and can be recycled after use in most townships/municipalities. In order for the filters to be accepted by your recycling processing provider, the carbon inside the filters must be cleaned out completely. To do this, carefully prise off the top of the filters and empty the carbon into either your garbage or garden (the material is actually a wonderful additive to your soil!), then rinse the inside of the filters.
Buckets can be recycled through your local metal scrap collection service.

What do I do if my FoodCycler is malfunctioning?

Prior to seeking customer support, we recommend that customers try a few troubleshooting steps on their own:

Manual Reset (manually shutting down the unit to reset to its original program settings)

1. Ensure that the unit is plugged in.
2. Press and hold the Start/Power button for three seconds, or until you hear a beep. The unit should shut off if it was “on”.
3. Unplug the unit and wait one minute.
4. Plug the unit back in and wait ten seconds.
5. Press Start/Power once, as you normally would to start a cycle.
6. You’re done! If the unit is still malfunctioning in some way, please contact, or (if your unit is still under 1-Year warranty).

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