This tip is based on my personal painful experience… Okay, maybe it wasn’t physically painful, but for anyone who has thrown a dinner party, you know that to have unexpected guests while trying a new recipe in an unfamiliar kitchen the LAST thing you want is your kitchen sink on the fritz. So, that is why you Don’t MESS With The Disposal!
I’ll spare you all the gory details and cut to the chase: as guests were arriving, the sink got clogged on potato peels and attempt with a plunger to rectify the situation only served to detach the sink from the counter! AHH! Talk about a crazy night…. Thankfully I kept my head down, focused on getting the meal into the oven while my friends and family propped the sink up on cans until the counter guys could come the next day to re-glue everything back together.
To avoid my trial by fire, I’ll pass along this word of wisdom my dad got from the plumber he called to fix his newly installed sink (not the same as the one I destroyed, BTW)… NEVER put ANY kind of peel into the disposal. Over the long haul it never ends well… also avoid anything stringy. My new rule of thumb for my disposal is if whacking it with the dull edge of my dinner knife doesn’t slice through, it probably shouldn’t go down the disposal.
As you go, may your dinners be pleasant, your disposal unclogged, and your sink attached!