Thanksgiving and Chanukkah (and, of course this year, Thanksgivukkah) are just around the corner, with Christmas and New Year’s right behind. That means entertaining. That means lots of food to prepare and eat. And that also means lots of food that will end up going down your garbage disposer.

The garbage disposer (aka garbage disposal) is a useful kitchen appliance that gives the homeowner an alternate method of disposing of food waste. Food waste in the garbage can cause odors in the house and attract rodents when thrown away outside.

There are, of course, some best practices when using the disposer.