Need a little help in the kitchen to rustle up a delicious meal? Check out our top ten aids to making cooking a breeze.
Non-Slip Kitchen Workstation
Ideal for people with problems gripping or holding cooking utensils, and suitable for people with only one hand.
This board has a sturdy base, with suction cups on each corner so it sticks to your worktop. It offers a range of different fixed and detachable gadgets, including a clamp, peeler, brush, spikes and a spreader. This means that you can hold bowls, jars, bottles and other containers in place, or hold something that you want to chop or slice, such as bread or cheese. There are also a set of spikes so that you can hold harder foods, such as vegetables, for slicing or grating. There is a raised lip on one corner. If you were making a sandwich you can put the bread there and it won’t move, so you can butter it or put on other fillings.
The board also has a scrubbing brush for preparing vegetables, and a removable grater that can be used fixed to the board or separately.
This really does offer a lot of aids in one product.
Pot Handle Holder
This is an invaluable and inexpensive safety aid, which holds your pan securely to the hob, so that you can stir safely. This will be particularly useful for people with one hand (or the use of one hand), but I would also find this useful as I have to sit to cook, and I’ve nearly knocked the pan over on myself a few times.
Mini Food Chopper
My problems are mainly confined to my lower limbs, but I still find a mini chopper to be an invaluable kitchen helper. Most are easy to assemble and clean, and can be used for all manner of meals. Chopping herbs, vegetables for soup, onions (without the tears). Quick and effective, you’ll wonder how you managed without it.
Liquid level indicator
Another safety aid which can mean continued independence for people with limited vision. This version gives two different alerts to signal when the container is nearly full, and when it is about to overflow.
The indicator has two magnets so it can be stored on the fridge, ready for when you want to use it. It can be used with hot or cold liquids, and is RNIB approved. Not only useful for making a cuppa, but handy if you’re measuring out liquids for cooking, for example, making stock or gravy.
Two-handled tea pot
This tea pot is part of a range developed in conjunction with Stirling University, healthcare professionals and disabled people.
Although specifically designed for people with dementia, this range will also be helpful for people who have any issues with the strength of their grip, or who suffer from tremors.
Available in a range of cheerful colours.
Universal Jar Opener
There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to get dinner underway and then not being able to open a bottle or jar to get at a vital ingredient. Or even worse, not being able to get the screw-top of your nicely chilled wine! This simple gadget can help.
It has eight different sizes, meaning it can work for nearly everything you want to open. It washes in the dishwasher and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Ideal for people with limited hand strength, arthritis, or older people.
When I’m cooking, the kettle is a vital part of my kitchen equipment. Boiling water for pasta or vegetables, making stock or gravy, boiling eggs. But a kettle means boiling hot water and that can mean danger if your grip fails or the kettle slips. And a full kettle can be heavy!
Enter the kettle tipper.
This version is designed for cordless kettles, but there are other versions available, for most kettle types.
The tipper has a metal plate that secures the base of the kettle, and a frame with a strap to keep the upper part of the kettle in place. The frame has a built-in feature to prevent spillage if the kettle is accidently released whilst it’s being used.
OK, so not really a cooking aid, but we just couldn’t resist this one!
A practical cotton apron with a high-quality vinyl print declaring “yes I wear hearing aids and yes I know I look good”.
Apart from keeping you clean when you’re cooking, this has another practical application. Mr Sassy wears two hearing aids, and sometimes it takes him a while to get to the front door, especially if he’s cooking (the kitchen is in the back of the house). Callers often don’t notice his hearing aids, and can get impatient.
This apron will give them a subtle hint!