Don’t Break Your Garbage Disposal This Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family and friends and giving thanks, but it’s also about something else – the food! But, once all of the turkey has been handed out and dessert has been cleaned up, you take on another responsibility, and that’s cleaning up the leftovers.

For those with a garbage disposal at home, it can be super tempting to just toss all of the remaining food scraps down the drain — it’ll certainly save you a trip to the curb with your garbage can! However, unless you want to deal with a plumbing mess on Thanksgiving night or Black Friday, you should think twice before doing so. Below, take a look at a few Thanksgiving foods that should definitely be reserved for the trash can:

Bone Fragments

Any bones from your turkey are a definite no-no when it comes to your garbage disposal. Bones can cause some serious damage when they get tangled up in the blades, so any that you remove from your turkey should be put to the side and taken out with your normal trash.

Turkey Remnants

Speaking of your turkey, any oil or grease that you may have used to cook it with aren’t going to get along with your garbage disposal either, so it’s best that you just toss any and all turkey remnants into a garbage bag. This goes for all other greasy and oily foods too.


Stringy vegetables, in particular, that is. If you’ll be serving vegetables as a side dish, be extra careful when deciding which scraps will go into the garbage disposal and which will go in the garbage can – celery and asparagus, for example, are definites for the can.

Potato Skins

Serving potatoes on the side too? If you have any skins left over, these are another food item that mustn’t be put into your garbage disposal as they can cause damage as the blades start to work. This is especially important to keep in mind if you’ll be serving mashed potatoes too – as you peel off the skins, make sure they’re falling into a garbage bag and not your disposal.

By making an honest effort to keep the above out of your garbage disposal, you can work to keep your Thanksgiving free of plumbing problems! But, should something happen anyway or if you experience a plumbing issue during the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend, know that we at Barker and Sons Plumbing & Rooter are always available to help. To get in touch with us, all you have to do is call 714-630-8766.