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Do you put potato peels down the garbage disposal?
Yes. In fact, what doesn't go down the garbage disposal (besides the obvious, like bricks)?
No. Seriously. No. Who doesn't already know this?
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Chad
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I just leave them on.
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Why peel potatoes? They're tasty!
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In the disposal, but very carefully.

or

all in at once followed by a plunger.
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BigChzy wrote:
I just leave them on.


QFT. Peeled potatoes are pure carbs, almost no vitamins or minerals.

Edit: however, that doesn't mean they're worthless. They have the highest calorie content per pound of any food in the world, and they're cheap to grow - which is why the Irish potato famine was so devastating.
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Interesting story regarding this subject:

Years ago the wife was making a big boiled dinner and was peeling multiple pounds of potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage, etc., and stuffing all the peelings down the garbage disposal. It became plugged solid and I tried using a drain snake and a plunger to no avail. My brother, at our house for the aforementioned dinner, said he had seen drains cleared by putting a garden hose down the drain and letting the water pressure clear the clog. This plan was put into action and it seemed to be working, the water was going somewhere. Then I looked out the window over the sink to see water cascading off the roof. The hose water had pushed straight up the sewer vent ("stink pipe" in plumbing terms) and poured out on the roof. I went outside to look and was delighted to see colorful potato, carrot, onion, cabbage, etc., peelings all over the roof. It looked like the vent had puked after overeating.

So as regards the poll:
A few peeling down the disposal-okay
A shitload of peelings-not so much
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bismarck1871 wrote:
Interesting story regarding this subject:

I regret that I have but one thumb to give to this story.
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bismarck1871 wrote:
Interesting story regarding this subject:


I had a disposal at my old house. The water would back up, but I would just hit the disposal to push the water down. I just thought the old plumbing was sluggish.

I came home from vacation one day to a small sink- (and stink-) hole in my driveway, right under the kitchen window. Turns out there was a break in the drain. The sink drain exited the house and met up with the rest of the drains under the driveway, so the only waste hitting the break was the sink. It was packed solid in front of the break (about 5' worth of kitchen waste). Since the only water going down there was the kitchen sink, the water would slowly drain into the surrounding ground, eroding it (hence the sink-hole).

When the workers dug up the driveway, the smell was incredible. I was apologizing to neighbors for the week it took for the smell to dissipate.

Two grand later, my disposal worked GREAT!

Still, I don't pack it with tons of potato peels.
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I think someone here has this as their avatar. Love it.
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They go in the compost heap of course!
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Yes, Compost!!

We don't even have a garbage disposal, we just compost everything that would go in it anyway.
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acctualy in the house complex I live in all foods have to be thorown in a special bag that is put in a special bin that then is transported to be turned into Biogas. Well theoritcally, because in the summer they did not pick this up, and it's on the cellar/garage floor (-1) so you can gues show the cellar/garage was smelling...
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I agree with erak - there are never any potato peels to dispose of - they get eaten
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I prefer to keep the peels on too. More flavor, better nutrition.
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I made the mistake of putting potato peels down the disposal once... once.

Now that I own a home and have a yard, they go in the compost pile. Actually, between the compost pile and our new curbside recycling, it's surprising how little trash my wife and I generate on a weekly basis.
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Problem is most homes have wimpy little disposals that can't do the tough work. Most disposals are 1/4 HP.

Put in a 1/2 or 3/4 HP disposal, and you will be grinding up everything. Including bricks.
Ok, maybe not bricks, but pretty much everything else

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See, this is my problem with garbage disposals. Every so often I hear about something new that you can't put down the garbage disposal. Pretty soon there's going to be nothing left that I can put down the disposal.
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Poor little potatoes...

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Garbage disposal aren't common in Germany, so the peels go either in the regular trash or they go in the compost where available.
On a side note I cook potatoes first and peel off the thin brown skin after that. Most of the vitamins and minerals stay in and the skin can be put in the trash.
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UPDATE: I was able to put 1/3 of a cup of baking soda into the disposal, followed by 1/3 of a cup of vinegar, and that seemed to do the trick! The water is draining, and disposal is whirring, and all is well in the Bickerstaff household.
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Verkisto wrote:
and all is well in the Bickerstaff household.

...that you know of.
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Verkisto wrote:
UPDATE: I was able to put 1/3 of a cup of baking soda into the disposal, followed by 1/3 of a cup of vinegar, and that seemed to do the trick! The water is draining, and disposal is whirring, and all is well in the Bickerstaff household.


You didn't even try the hose?
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kuhrusty wrote:
Verkisto wrote:
and all is well in the Bickerstaff household.

...that you know of.

Well, yeah, but I'm accustomed to the fact that this can change at any given moment, for no discernible reason. I've been married for eight years.
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- Deleted for excessive bitterness... and complete lack of reference to potatos...

...or is that potatoes?
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