The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun and I confess to being slightly excited about enjoying an enormous pants-stretching, coma-inducing meal. You can all have my cousins’ not-so-famous fat free green bean casserole (yuck!) while I joyfully have my fill of all the rest.
As cooking preparations begin be careful what goes down your garbage disposal. I know it is tempting to just grind up and wash away everything, but there are many food products that should never ever be ground up in your disposal or washed down your drains. Eventually, you WILL have problems.
I clearly remember my mother and grandmother peeling potatoes in their sinks. If you do that, do not put them in the disposal. Just scoop up the peels and put them in the trash. Also, avoid putting any kind of cheese, grease, celery, bread or rice. Anything that retains water (like bread and rice) is bad – put it in the trash. Obviously, do not grind up bones – your disposal wasn’t really made for that. Coffee grounds are also bad news so steer clear of trying to put them down your sink too.
Even if you have done it before and it was okay – or maybe you have done it several times and nothing happened, I promise, eventually you will end up with a broken disposal or a clogged drain or both. Who has time for that on Thanksgiving!
A quick way to get rid of bad odors from your sink is to cut up some citrus (lemon and limes work great for this) and run them through the disposal. If you have a little more time to prepare freeze some vinegar. Ice cubes are great for disposals because they help to sharpen your blades and dislodge some debris that may be stuck and the vinegar will help kill odors so you get a two-for-one deal using frozen vinegar cubes.
My last tip while prepping your delicious meal this year is to always run your disposal with a lot of COLD water. Most people know to turn their water on when using the disposal, but they do not realize it is very important to make sure the water is cold and not hot.
Carmine’s wishes everyone a happy, stress free Thanksgiving, but if problems do arise please give us a call at 203-791-8089. We are happy to assist you and get your holiday back on track.