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Avoid A Greasy Grinch Cooking Disaster

Sonora, CA – A band of local utilities have a timely message for holiday cooks: plugged pipes can put a crimp in celebrations and cost thousands of dollars to fix.

Groveland Community Services District, Jamestown Sanitary District, Tuolumne City Sanitary District, Tuolumne County Solid Waste Department, Tuolumne Utilities District, Twain Harte Community Services District and Waste Management want customers to be aware that they can prevent potential plumbing and sewer disasters over the holidays simply by taking extra care when disposing of fats, oils and grease. Here are a few best practices to follow…

As liquid fats solidify in pipes, creating clogs, avoid pouring fats or vegetable cooking oils down the drain. Wait for the grease to cool, then scrape it into a container with a tight-fitting lid; let it solidify in the refrigerator and then dispose of the container.

Hard-to-grind items are not good candidates for the garbage disposal and should be thrown away instead. As it turns out, many holiday meal ingredients fall into this category; including poultry skins, egg shells, carrots, celery, pumpkin pulp, and potato skins, along with banana peels and pasta.