I love fruit, but often discover that mold sets in before my family has a chance to eat it! Does that ever happen to you? I used to get so frustrated especially with rotten citrus fruit. At least with the other fruit, you can see the brown nasty areas through the thinner skin. With citrus fruit, sometimes the decay has not run through yet. You peel or cut the succulent fruit and get a special surprise! That hideous stench and sight goes straight to my sensitive stomach. BLECH!
Then, one day I conducted an experiment and discovered something interesting! Now, I actually look forward to some rotten fruit, and set those special round guys in their own bowl – right by my sink. Why do I do that?
It turns out, that I can cut up the rotten citrus fruit and just toss it down my garbage disposal! Here’s the very simple procedure.
Cut your brown or rotten citrus down into small pieces. Your garbage disposal is powerful, but you still need to be mindful of what you are feeding it. Since you are tossing the entire fruit down the drain, you want to help your disposal ‘digest’ the item. Cut the pieces into quarter-sized chunks, which will make the skin, pulp and seeds be easier on the mechanism.
When you first start doing this, keep an eye on your sink. If you start seeing smoke, then stop immediately. That means that your garbage disposal is stuck on a chunk. Fish it out and cut it down smaller. You will soon get the hang of it.
Bonus: keeps your garbage disposal blades sharp.How did I think of this notion?
Let me explain one of my recent obsessions: Plink. Have you heard of these?
Every month or so, I had been using plink to clean and deodorize my garbage disposal. Then went on for years. I had never been more excited to clean something… I know – I need to get out more. HA! You would understand if you tried it! After the plink ball burst, there would be a strong but wonderful and refreshing scent of Lemon that would waft through my kitchen. I loved it!
Each pack cost about $10-$15 depending on where you find it (Amazon, BedBath&Beyond, etc.).
Now, I just grab the best citrus fruit at the store, and hope we don’t eat it all.
Let me know in the comments if you have found other fruits or even vegs that might be as effective.