5 Thanksgiving Foods that Should Never Go in Your Garbage Disposal

Yes, we know that Thanksgiving is still five months away, but that doesn’t mean we’re not thinking about the most anticipated meal of the year. Every year, millions of people across the country spend countless hours in the kitchen preparing for this kick-off meal to the holiday season. One of the kitchen plumbing appliances that helps with meal cleanup is the garbage disposal.

Doesn’t it feel so great to watch all that food waste magically disappear? Unfortunately, garbage disposals get abused a lot during the holiday season. That’s because as wonderful as garbage disposals are, they aren’t made to handle large loads or certain types of foods. As you start your holiday cooking this year, learn more about the Thanksgiving foods that should never find their way into your garbage disposal.

Green Bean Casserole

This is a Thanksgiving staple in many households. Who doesn’t like the crunch of French onions? Unfortunately, green beans are quite stringy and fibrous, making it likely for the strings to wrap around the blades and cause clogs. Other foods that have a tendency to do this too include things like kale, lettuce, asparagus, and rhubarb.

Mashed Potatoes

What goes with green bean casserole? You guessed it – mashed potatoes. When preparing your potatoes, take care not to dispose the peels. Potato peels are quite tough, and they easily get stuck in the disposal blades. Even if the peels make their way down the drain, that doesn’t mean they’ll make it through your plumbing system. Often, they sit in drains and end up causing clogs.

Macaroni and Cheese

If this dish makes its way onto your table this Thanksgiving, take note. In small and large quantities, especial large quantities, pasta causes problems for garbage disposals. Cooked pasta is too soft to be effectively disposed of in the appliance. It’s better to just toss leftovers in the trash. Keep in mind that even uncooked pasta isn’t great for the disposal. The hard bits can cause problems that require garbage disposal repair.

Holiday Pies

Who doesn’t love pie? If your pie recipe calls for eggs, be careful about how you get rid of those egg shells. Instead of putting the shells in the garbage disposal, compost them or just throw them in the trash. Shells are not great for your disposal.

Coffee Grounds

After you’ve made that huge pot of coffee for all your guests, what are you going to do with the coffee grounds? Before you toss them in the garbage disposal or down the drain, think twice. Coffee grounds absorb water and become a goopy mess. When this mess ends up in your drain pipes, it doesn’t take long before becoming a huge clog. Like with egg shells, it’s better to compost or throw away the grounds. Better yet, if you have a few plants around the house, consider adding the grounds to the soil for added nutrition.

Emergency Plumbing Services Near You

In the event that you have a clogged drain or broken garbage disposal during your holiday preparations, contact Wise Choice Plumbing & Drain. We offer 24-hour emergency plumbing services throughout Southern California. Call us right away to fix those nagging problems that make preparing your meal a pain in the you-know-what. We’re always just a quick phone call away!