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Can you put cooked potato skins down your disposal?

Started 1329410840.067 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1329462753.147 by sissel

I know you can't put uncooked potato peels in the disposal - found out the hard way, but can you put the cooked ones in there? I eat a lot of baked potatoes and don't eat the skins. I have been afraid to put them down the disposal....but is is okay to do?

Thanks.

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PinkyPetun­ia1329411106.3974557 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004NJ

I would think so but I've never tried it. I'd consider a baked potato skin to be "dry" and I'd probably just put it in the trash. I usually reserve the disposal for "wet" scraps.

Kitlynn1329411161.1972474 PostsRegistered 1/4/2008Colorado

It is not a good idea because they get stuck on the sides and the blades can't chop them then they get washed down and plug it up.

You get one go round in this old world and you better make the most of it. It is not a dress rehearsal! Step out of your box and enjoy all that life has to offer!

Sooner1329412073.2515179 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I put everything but the cat down mine-and the cat knows he's walking on thin ice! {#emotions_dlg.laugh}

pommom1329412155.3073496 PostsRegistered 9/19/2006

After paying the plumber a handsome amount, he told me not to put potato peels or onions in the disposal.

Namaste

sunshine451329412304.37341933 PostsRegistered 1/13/2007east coast and west coast

i put pretty much everything down my garbage disposal.... including raw potato peels AND cooked potato peels.

"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" - Eleanor Roosevelt

amartinezf­an1329412350.4379629 PostsRegistered 12/1/2006Sunny San Diego
On 2/16/2012 Kitlynn said:

It is not a good idea because they get stuck on the sides and the blades can't chop them then they get washed down and plug it up.

I am so amazed at what you can learn on these boards!!

h2be1329413377.453346 PostsRegistered 7/24/2006
On 2/16/2012 Sooner said:

I put everything but the cat down mine-and the cat knows he's walking on thin ice! {#emotions_dlg.laugh}

Me too. Unless something jumps back out at me, it goes down the disposal! {#emotions_dlg.blushing}

coldlake1329413448.4931325 PostsRegistered 12/5/2008

I wouldn't do it. I find myself using my disposal less and less. Not just because of things jamming up the works, but because I read it's actually better for the environment to put the waste in the trash than to send down the drains. Of course the best things would be to compost but I don't have a garden.

cinebee1329413564.2936530 PostsRegistered 5/7/2007

It depends on the 'power' of the disposal. I put potato skins, raw and cooked, (sometimes a lot!) down my disposal and have no problems. I do have a large capacity disposal, though. My older one had problems with potato skins. Both the old and current one are Insinkerators.

Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
-Alfred A. Montapert

Jamiesmom1329413802.9735 PostsRegistered 8/21/2009

Here's a great article about what not to put down the disposal:

http://www.angieslist.com/articles/items-avoid-sending-down-garbage-disposal.htm?cid=FS20111116&RefID=EML%3A998

I used to always put egg shells down the disposal!

Nightowlz1329436709.3739697 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I only put what's left on the plate after scraping if off in the trash can. I think you will have a lot less problems with your garbage disposal doing this.

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” Will Rogers

cinebee1329437058.5036530 PostsRegistered 5/7/2007

Whatever the article says, it still depends on the size of the disposal. I know from experience.

Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
-Alfred A. Montapert

Anne0011329437099.8471767 PostsRegistered 2/1/2008NE

I use the disposal for proteins and some cooked vegetables. Everything else goes into the compost.

I wouldn't use it for potato skins.

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Shelbelle1329437557.83734720 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 2/16/2012 sunshine45 said:

i put pretty much everything down my garbage disposal.... including raw potato peels AND cooked potato peels.

Me too, I dont discriminate, everything goes down there!!!

gloriajean1329437836.6912266 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006MN

Ours came with the house and was nothing but trouble - we had one at the other house with no problems, but we took it out and do composting instead. We have a garden so it works well.

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gloriajean1329437879.87312266 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006MN

Oh by the way - last summer when we were looking at apts. we were told they don't have garbage disposals anymore they were taken out because they were too much trouble.

Your life is God's gift to you
The way you live it is your gift to God

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”


― Mother Teresa

lovetosing1329438098.226136 PostsRegistered 4/3/2006

My plumber told me that people think it is okay to use the garbage disposal to rid of food all the time, but you should only use garbage disposals sparingly. If not, eventually they start to break down.

In the end everything will be okay, if it is not it is not the end - Jason Castro

julies1329438785.871256 PostsRegistered 11/7/2007MA

Another " peels & everything else go in the disposal " person here! I must have a very powerful one, never had a problem.

lkcwks1329445614.73470 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Thanks everyone for your opinions. For me, I think I won't put potato peels down mine. I will have to find out what horsepower the one I have is before I decide to do anything different.

I really appreciate all your replies.

happy hous­ewife1329449282.37331991 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007
On 2/16/2012 Jamiesmom said:

Here's a great article about what not to put down the disposal:

http://www.angieslist.com/articles/items-avoid-sending-down-garbage-disposal.htm?cid=FS20111116&RefID=EML%3A998

I used to always put egg shells down the disposal!

I read this article and if you can't put any of those items in the disposal what is the point of having the thing? I have always put anything and everything (food products) in mine and I am sure to run it long enough to really grind it up. Once a week I put a few cups of ice and some baking soda down and run it to grind up the ice and clean the unit.So far no problems -knock on wood . When we lived up north we had a kitchen aide disposal so I expected it to run very well - now we have a GE and so far it has been just as good as the KA , but not as quiet.

When faced with senseless drama, spiteful criticism or misguided opinions walking away is the best way to defend yourself.To respond with anger is an endorsement of their attitude. -Dodinsky

happy hous­ewife1329449507.7131991 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007
On 2/16/2012 lovetosing said:

My plumber told me that people think it is okay to use the garbage disposal to rid of food all the time, but you should only use garbage disposals sparingly. If not, eventually they start to break down.

Of course it will last a long time if you never use it but then what would be the point of having it?

Last summer we had to have the ice maker on our brand new fridge serviced. The repairman said it was because we use it too much --- WHAT? it was summer in florida - of course we were using it - isn't that the point. When a repairman says something inane like that to me I just want to grab them and throw them out of my house. Another time the leather on a brand new ottoman was all worn off and the repairman came and said it was because we were putting our feet up on it.

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When faced with senseless drama, spiteful criticism or misguided opinions walking away is the best way to defend yourself.To respond with anger is an endorsement of their attitude. -Dodinsky

Root Beer ­Kids1329449939.04351 PostsRegistered 12/22/2008

I was one that used my disposal for everything until last Thanksgiving when the potato peels for our mashed potatoes for dinner clogged the disposal and sink. Imagiine how much fun the rest of the day was trying to prepare and clean up for a dinner for 25 without my kitchen sink! The plumber that came the next day said he answered emergency calls every Thanksgiving for this very reason. So I no longer use it for peels. Just to be safe I also do not use it for apples - just in case.

shoekitty1329450224.0812887 PostsRegistered 8/10/2006

Our home is 45 years old. We have a new garbage disposal, and a high quality one, but the pipes to the street are HORRIBLE. Anyone on our block that puts rice, any potato skins or anything in that genre is looking for a call from Dr. Rooter. OMG, every year or so I throw caution to the wind and use the GD for leftovers, or God hepl me, rice or peelings.. Cost 95 dollars everytime. Except last year, it was 240 dollars because it was jammed all the way to the street. Took 4 hours.

Last week Mr. Rooter showed up at my neighbors. I looked at her and said, "potato skins,? she said, "no rice, darn it!!". The sitter had put a whole cooker full of rice down the GD. She came home to water backed up every where.

My daughter puts everything down hers, celery potato, even egg shells. She says it is fine. Her husband says he has to snake it all the time. LOL

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raven-blac­kbird1329450301.18714349 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009California

I wouldn't suggest you put them in there.......unless you have an Insinkerator, with multi-grind..................................raven

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Sooner1329452136.98315179 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 2/16/2012 lovetosing said:

My plumber told me that people think it is okay to use the garbage disposal to rid of food all the time, but you should only use garbage disposals sparingly. If not, eventually they start to break down.

My plumber knows to get the biggest and most powerful one he can find to put under my sink. He's been our plumber a long time! Why on earth would you want a disposal you had to baby along? My mother does that with hers. They just don't cost that much for the convenience and the help keeping the kitchen bug free.

We cook from scratch almost always and eat a LOT of fruits and veggies. To me it is an important piece of equipment and something I use daily and am willing to invest in.

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