Cooking A Large Meal For A Group? Make Sure Your Kitchen Sink Does Not Get Clogged

Posted on: 10 August 2015

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If you are cooking a meal for a large group of people, it can be easy for something to fall in the sink, especially if you are cooking the meal yourself. You yourself may put things down the sink that you think are okay. Follow the five tips below to make sure your kitchen sink stays clog free.

Grease

If you are frying anything, you will end up with a lot of grease. If you put grease down the drain, it eventually solidifies and hangs onto the sides of the pipes. This can end up in a horrible messy clog. Some things that are considered greasy foods include butter, peanut butter, shortening, and bacon drippings.

Keep a can with a lid, such as a coffee can, to pour the grease into. Dispose of it once the grease solidifies. Some people like to save grease, such as bacon grease, to flavor food later on.

If you do plan to save it, put spoonful sized portions of the grease in freezer bags, and place them in your freezer. When you are cooking and want to use the grease, you will have a nice portion of grease to use, and it makes the grease last longer.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds are small so they may seem okay to put down the drain. They are not, as they build up, and end up one large lump. If you make your own mulch for gardening, throw the coffee grounds in your mulch pile. If you do not have a mulch pile, put the grounds directly on the soil. You do not have to mix it in, as the rain will do this job for you. Coffee grounds provide the soil with nutrients and improve the drainage and texture of the soil.

Materials that Swell Up

There are some things that will swell up when water is added to them. When this happens, they clog up your drain pipes. Some of these things include:

  • Rice
  • Semolina
  • Gelatin
  • Scraps from pastries
  • Pasta

If you use a garbage disposal, these things can slip through very easily.

If you end up with a clog, you can try to get it out yourself. Use a plunger over the drain pushing it down and up a few times. If you still have the clog, use a drain cleaner to try to remove it. If you continue to have problems, contact a plumber or a company like ACC Drain & Sewer to clear your drain for you.