Don't Let Your Holiday Roasts Turn Your Plumbing Into A Greasy And Fatty Mess

24 November 2014
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If you plan to cook up a holiday feast this Thanksgiving, you may want to watch how you clean your raw turkey, ham and beef in your kitchen sink. In addition, you need to find a place to store the hot grease and fat drippings after your food cooks. Grease and fat of any temperature and state can clog up your sink's plumbing pipes. Here are some helpful tips you can use to keep fat and grease out of your plumbing pipes before and after you cook your holiday meat and poultry.

Rinse and Clean Your Roasts without Getting Fat Down the Drain

Cleaning and rinsing your poultry, fresh hams and beef before you roast them is a good way to cut down on bacteria and other germs, such as salmonella and E.coli. These organisms can overwhelm and prevent the delicious aromas and flavors of your roasts from coming through during the cooking process. But as you wash your meat and poultry in the kitchen sink to get rid of the germs, raw fat can drop off into the sink.

Although the sink's strainer catches most of the fat, some can pass through the holes of the strainer. Once it gets inside your plumbing pipes, the fat sticks to the lining of the pipes and eventually rots. If you don't remove the rotten fat from the pipes, it can clog up the drain, create backups in the kitchen's plumbing lines, and emit foul odors into the kitchen.

You can prevent these potential plumbing disasters by following these helpful tips below:

Purchase a 5-quart or Larger Metal Colander with Small Holes

The metal is strong enough to hold large turkeys, hams and beef roasts than plastic colanders. You might choose stainless steel because it rinses off easy after you use it. Also, the colander's small holes will catch more fat than medium or large holes, as well as allow bacteria and germs to rinse off the meat and down the drain.

Invest in a Good Sink Skimmer

Just in case fat does get pass the colander, you can use a stainless steel sink skimmer to remove it. The skimmer should have a long handle, which keeps your hands out the water. The steel doesn't rust when wet and can last through numerous uses.

Extra Tips to Consider

Before you rinse your meat and poultry off in the sink, you may want to:

  • Adjust the sink's strainer so that it catches the fat but allows water to pass through down the drain. You might want to test this out before you place your raw food and colander into the sink. If you adjust the strainer correctly, the water will drain out slower and prevent the need to touch it as you clean your meat and poultry.
  • Use a colander with long, adjustable handles on the side. This gives you the option of lengthening the handles to fit the width of your sink's opening, which keeps the bottom of the colander from touching the sink while you clean the meat and poultry.
  • Place paper towels around the sink to catch any water that splashes from the meat and poultry as you rinse it. After you rinse your food, use antibacterial spray or cleanser to sanitize the sink, faucets and counters.

After you roast your holiday meat and poultry, you need to get rid of the hot grease and fatty drippings. Here's where the next tip comes in handy.

Dispose of the Grease and Fat

You should never pour hot grease and fat down your kitchen sink's drain. The heat can warp the plumbing pipes once it comes into contact with the plastic or PVC material. However, you can store the grease and fat in a heat-resistant container until you can dispose of it properly.

Once you remove your roasts from the oven, place them in separate pans or large serving plates to rest. Leave the hot grease and fat in their original roasting pans and allow them to cool down for about 15-20 minutes. But don't let the liquids solidify, or it may be hard to pour them into the heat-resistant container.

Pour the cooled grease and fat into the heat-resistant container. Wait for an additional 60 minutes for the contents to become cold and solid, and then place the container in your garbage can outside the home. You can pour white vinegar down your kitchen sink's drain to kill any bacteria and odor that may be inside it. The vinegar's acid can break down odor-causing bacteria.

If you need additional tips on how to keep your plumbing pipes free of grease and fat during the holidays, feel free to contact your helpful plumbing specialists for advice. Check out sites like for more information.