With the holidays rapidly approaching everyone knows that some hearty feasts are getting close. With that in mind it is important to know what to do with food scraps and leftovers. While your garbage disposal unit may seem like an obvious candidate for food waste, it is important to know that what you put down there may cost you.
First of all, never pour cooking oils or fats down the drains as the can solidify and create clogs. An easy way to get rid of oils and fats is to wipe them up with a paper towel and throw them away. Don’t put stringy and hard to chop items down the drain as the garbage disposal may not be able to chew through it. This can cause a clog or destroy your disposal. For example, don’t put these down the drain: poultry skins, banana peels, carrots, potato skins, onion peelings, or pumpkin pulp. Before using your disposal you always turn it on and also run cold water down the drain before using it. Make sure it’s cold water as hot water can solidify grease in your line.
So if you’re going to have the in-laws over this thanksgiving just remember to keep your kitchen line clean so you have extra money to spend on Black Friday.