My mother always kept a new chore boy near the kitchen sink during gardening time. She used it to scrub the peelings off new potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables. I did too, for a while, but I didn't like dealing with the messy peelings in my sink. Either I risked clogging the sink or I had to use a bowl and carry the water outside when I was done. This year I discovered another use for the plastic dish scrubbers that blew my mind.
The scrubber is just the right size to slip in the drain of the kitchen sink. (Remove the strainer first.) It catches all the peelings while letting the water drain through the plastic mesh and flow away down the drain. You may need to clean it occasionally, if the flow of water slows down, but that's not a problem because the peelings don't cling to the plastic. Simply remove the peelings with your hands and you are back in business.
I discovered this by accident when my scrubbie fell in the sink while I was cleaning and blanching fiddleheads. Go ahead, give it a try. You will be amazed at how well it works to catch tiny bits of peelings that would otherwise clog up your drain.
I get my dish scrubbers at the dollar store and pay a dollar for a set of six. While the scrubber can be reused, at that price, you can simply toss it when you are through.
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