Kitchen Tools and Tips to Make Cooking Simple

Jun 12, 2013
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After combing the internet for cooking utensils and tools, I have developed a list comprised of 13 things that I think are must-haves in the kitchen. I also gathered some tips on how to make your kitchen experience a bit more pleasant and much less stressful.

  1. Utensil Cuffs (http://www.flaghouse.com/Utensil-Cuff-item-9668)
  2. Countertop Storage Bag Holder (http://www.organizeit.com/countertop-storage-bag-holder.asp)
  3. Good Grips Jar Opener by OXO (http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips-Jar-Opener/dp/B002DWA6KM/ref=sr_1_38?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1370359767&sr=1-38)
  4. Can Drainer by Copco (http://www.copco.com/store/site/product.cfm/id/2B3514FE-1E0B-C910-EAC4112F6A27FA01/fid/2B35150E-1E0B-C910-EA12247582C78011.cfm)
  5. EasiTwist Jar Opener by Evriholder (http://www.amazon.com/Evriholder-EasiTwist-Opener-Assorted-Colors/dp/B000BKZUJK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370360060&sr=8-1&keywords=easy+twist+jar+opener)
  6. Hand Blender by Cuisinart (http://www.buxr.com/deal/cuisinart-3-cup-mini-prep-food-processor-with-cuisinart-hand-blender_136112)
  7. Good Grips 1/4 Cup Mini Angled Measuring Cup by OXO (http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips-Angled-Measuring/dp/B000ON555S/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1370363563&sr=1-1&keywords=measuring+cup+angled+tablespoon)
  8. The Good Grips angled measuring cup is great because you can read the measurements from the side and from above. It also has an easy to grasp handle.
  9. Grip-EZ Onion Holder by Norpro (http://www.target.com/p/grip-ez-onion-holder/-/A-10643573#prodSlot=dlp_medium_1_4&term=norpro+grip+ez)
  10. Serrated PalmPeeler by Chef’n (http://www.chefn.com/Product.aspx?id=52)
  11. Pro Food Chopper by KitchenAid (http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-Pro-Food-Chopper-Red/dp/B00193BIZS)
  12. Non-skid Mixing Bowl Set by Amco (http://www.cooking.com/set-of-3-non-skid-mixing-bowl-set-by-amco_685995_11/)
  13. Flexible Non-Skid Cutting Mat by CounterArt (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00337YF7Q/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=1535523722&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B008MBSACO&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=136H3BWR0PX0F455JVBP)

Helpful Tips for the Kitchen:

  1. If you use a wheelchair you may be concerned about transferring germs from your wheels to your food during meal preparation. Try using disposable gloves next time or plan out your food preparation so that you have everything you need in one spot!
  2. If you are having trouble reaching items on your kitchen countertops, try using a hook on the end of a pole or a Grip n’ Grab to reach things like the food processor and the toaster.
  3. If you are unable to use your countertops for food preparation due to your wheelchair, use a kitchen table as your food prep station or put a tray and/or a cutting board on your lap for a closer surface area. You may find that using a bean bag laptop desk provides you with more stability.
  4. A push cart in the kitchen may be a great option if it is difficult for you to carry items from the refrigerator to the counter.
  5. When using an oven to bake or broil food, pull out the oven rack a bit with oven mitts before placing the food in the oven.
  6. To make baking easier, use containers that you can lift with one hand. For instance, small aluminum disposable dishes are lightweight but sturdy enough for lifting.

Sources:

Adaptive Cooking Tools. Your Special Chef. http://www.yourspecialchef.com/ysc_production/_design/app/_show/static/Adaptive%20Cooking%20Tools.

Cooking with a Physical Disability. The Kitchn. http://www.thekitchn.com/cooking-with-a-physical-disability-171416.

Author: Carleton Rivers