Don’t rinse your ham drippings down the sink this Easter.
The weather is warming, Spring is in the air and Easter is only a month away. Easter is a time of outdoor fun and delicious food. Whether you are opting for a traditional ham or scrumptious turkey, we want to remind you that the drippings should never be rinsed down the kitchen sink drain.
Why can’t I rinse pan drippings down the sink?
While it may seem harmless to get rid of pan drippings by pouring it down the kitchen sink, doing so can lead to huge problems and expensive repairs down the road. Those pan drippings from your meal include fats, oils and grease (FOG) which start to harden immediately after being poured down the sink. They congeal in your plumbing causing a major blockage.
This blockage will restrict the amount of wastewater that is able to flow through your pipes, eventually causing wastewater to back up into your home. These sewer backups flow into homes, neighborhoods, businesses and the local environment through manholes and storm drains causing major damage.
Here are some great tips from Florida Today on preventing FOG (fats, oils and grease) buildup in your plumbing:
- Never pour cooking oil, pan drippings, bacon grease, salad dressings or sauces down the sink or toilet or into street gutters or storm drains.
- Dispose of food scraps into the trash, not the sink.
- Don’t use a garbage disposal or food grinder. Grinding food up before rinsing it down the drain does not remove FOG; it just makes the pieces smaller.
- Place a catch basket or screen over the sink drain when rinsing dishware, or when peeling or trimming food, to catch small scraps that would otherwise be washed down the drain. Throw the scraps in the trash.
Skip the Clogs and Grab a Grease Hero Drain Guard
The Grease Hero drain guard is designed to be placed into the top of your kitchen drain or on your countertop. You can quickly and easily pour the used cooking fats, oils or grease into it, and then promptly dispose of the entire drain guard, instead of rinsing these harmful contaminants down the kitchen sink. Our Grease Hero drain guard is made with recyclable materials to absorb the fats, oils and grease and can be thrown out with your regular garbage. Watch one in action on our YouTube channel.
Want to learn more? In this post we bust common fats, oils and grease disposal myths, “Fats, Oils & Grease Myth Busting—Holiday Edition”.
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