A few easy-to-use products and minor modifications will assist you in the kitchen. You can see some simple suggestions to help you with kitchen tasks and cooking below.
Create a meal plan for the week to make it easier to prepare healthy meals. This ensures you have the right ingredients on hand and reduces the likelihood of missing meals. You could purchase chopped up frozen vegetables and fruit so that you always have healthy ingredients in stock if you run out of fresh. Try the cook once, eat twice philosophy! By cooking larger meals and re-using or freezing left-overs you cut down on the number of times you need to cook a meal from scratch.
Prepare your cooking space and set up ingredients on the bench before you start cooking. Try sitting down for meal preparation to reduce strain on your body and conserve your energy.
Consider breaking up the task. For example, try preparing your meat in the morning and your vegetables in the afternoon. Cleaning as you go or while items are cooking means you won’t have a big job to tackle after eating. Try cooking one pot wonders that reduce washing up and make delicious meals. Slow cookers save time, are easy to use, keep the kitchen cooler in warmer months and use less energy.
Opening jars and tins
A wide range of low-cost jar, bottle and can openers reduce the need to use force or have a strong grip, protecting the joints in your hands and wrists. Try running a jar under hot water to expand the metal, before drying it off and using the equipment to open it.
Turning the taps on and off
Many crossbar taps require you to grip, hold and turn them using substantial strength. A simple device like a plastic tap turner or even replacing old taps with easy-to-use lever taps, makes turning them on and off easier.
Cutting up food
A wide choice of kitchen utensils have easy to hold, non-slip handles that reduce strain on your hands. You can use a spike board and a non-slip mat to stop items moving around. You could also use an electric food processor for mixing, chopping, grating or blending at the touch of a button.
Pouring the kettle
Some kettles are difficult to hold, heavy to lift and hard to fill. There are several smaller, lightweight versions to choose from that make it easier to use the kettle. Try filling the kettle using a plastic jug and have the kettle sitting in a kettle tipper, to make it easier to pour without lifting it.
Lifting pots and pans
Try filling empty pots using a plastic jug and consider buying pots with two handles to make them easier to carry. Use steamer inserts that lift out of your existing pots once your food is cooked, so you can leave the pot of water to cool and empty it later.
Reaching into cupboards
Try installing shelves that slide out to meet you. There are lots of cupboard inserts sold at general hardware stores that make corner, wall and floor cabinets more accessible. Install pull-out drawers, a pull-down shelf, or carousel-style shelving.
Turning the cooker dials
The dials on your cooker can become hard to turn or the numbers wear off making it difficult to see them. Using contrasting tactile dots can help you see and feel when the dial is on, off or at the right temperature. You can also buy handy stove dial turners to help you turn the dials.
Using a cooking timer
Use a timer to prevent overcooking meals. Automatic shut off devices can be fitted to gas and electric stoves to turn them off if the stove is accidentally left on (this type of safety feature needs to be professionally installed).
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