5 Thanksgiving Foods That Should NEVER Go Down Your Kitchen Drain

November 19, 2013

Imagine your family stuffed and happy after a nice Thanksgiving meal. Now comes the “fun” part: cleanup.

But in your rush to discard leftovers (and catch the latest football game), you may be inadvertently clogging—even ruining—your kitchen sink’s drain and garbage disposal unit.

Here are 5 foods you should never send down your kitchen’s sink—unless you like paying for a plumber.

1) Potato skins, celery, and other string-fibrous vegetables

Watch out for tough-skinned and fibrous vegetables like:

  • Celery
  • Potato skins
  • Horn husks
  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Carrot skins

These can wrap themselves around your garbage disposal blades, preventing the motor from working properly.

Don’t sweat it if a few small portions inadvertently make it down the drain (just run cold water running down the sink for a few minutes if they do) but avoid large quantities of this stuff by scraping your plates into the garbage.

2) Egg shells

Don’t believe the myth that egg shells with sharpen the garbage disposal’s blades.

The shell’s stringy membrane layer will wrap around the garbage disposal shredder ring. Also, if your garbage disposal grinds too many shells together, they can clog your drain. 

3) Grease and greasy foods

Grease will accumulate and solidify over time. So, pouring too much down the drain can clog your pipes.

Also, grease can distribute a film over the blades, decreasing their effectiveness. Eventually the grease will decay, causing a foul smell to come out of your drain.

Common sources of grease from a Thanksgiving meal are from cooking meats, like bacon or ham on a griddle or frying pan.

Instead of cleaning the griddle or frying pan in the sink, wait until they cool down and wipe them off with a paper towel.

4) Rice and other pastas

Thanksgiving casseroles often have rice or some other type of pasta in it. These starchy ingredients will swell in water and clog your drain trap.

Throw these foods down your trash can instead.

5) Bones

Pouring a mound of hot wings down your drain after a large meal is a disaster waiting to happen. They can dull and/or break the blades.

They can even jam the garbage disposal unit, causing the motor to burn out.

Like you did with rice, throw bones in the trash can.

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