For many of us cooking is enjoyable, but for everyone eating is essential! Cooking doesn’t need to be a pain, even with arthritis, if you have the right gadgets to help you. We have a wide range of gadgets that can help you get back in your kitchen.
Kitchen Gadgets for Getting into Your Food with Arthritis
When it comes to painlessly getting into various food/drink containers, we have a host of kitchen gadgets for arthritis to help deal with each one:
The Jar Opener – Pop over any jar and the silicone rubber grips the lid, allowing you to twist it off with minimal pressure.
The One Touch Can Opener – Place on top of any tin, press the button on top and the battery-powered mechanism will rotate the opener around the tin. The lid is removed for you without needing to be touched!
The Nimble – Worn on your finger or thumb, this package opener has a tiny blade. Open packets and film containers simply by running your finger over them.
The 5-in-1 Opener – Perfect for getting into the likes of screw-top bottles and ring-pull tins/cans. This multi-purpose tool requires very little grip to operate. It works by slipping it on top of, over or underneath the item needing to be opened.
The Automatic Bottle Opener – Used by barmen across the world! Simply place this over the top of your bottle, push down firmly and the bottle cap will pop off. It magnetically sticks to the opener for easy disposal.
The Anti-Slip Coaster – Can be used on its own or in conjunction with any of the above, this silicone mat will hold your item in place, giving you that extra bit of control over it.
Preparing Your Food
After you’ve got your ingredients out, it’s time for the preparation to commence with this selection of aids:
The Food Preparation Board – This multi-purpose, solid wood work station has a spiked area, a grater/slicer, and a collection bowl. This means you can stick items to the spikes whilst chopping them. You can also grate/slice items directly into the collection bowl underneath. Use in conjunction with the Right-Angled Knives for even more control.
Kitchen Shears – Great for cutting through the likes of meat, fish, poultry bones, herbs and even pizza. These shears automatically reopen after each cut thanks to an integral spring inside. The serrated blade grips the item being cut whilst the large, comfortable, non-slip handles aid your hand grip. The green safety catch allows you to lock the blades closed between uses.
The Palm Peeler & Palm Zester – Worn like a ring on your middle finger, the Palm Peeler sits comfortably in the palm of your hand. This allows you to glide it over fruits and vegetables, peeling them with ease. If it’s zest you’re needing then slip the Palm Zester on in the same way and rub it over whatever piece of fruit you’re using. Then simply twist off the cap to release your zest!
The Grater Zoom & Garlic Zoom – When you need to grate smaller items that can be tricky to hold onto like ginger, parmesan cheese, chocolate etc, then look no further than the Grater Zoom. Simply load the item into the barrel at the top, seal it closed, and then roll the base forwards to grate it or backwards to slice it. For garlic cloves you’ll want the Garlic Zoom which works in a similar way. Load up to 3 cloves into the barrel, seal it, and then roll the base back and forth as the internal blades chop the garlic up in seconds!
Gadgets for Cooking with Arthritis
Anti-Slip Strips – Wrap these silicone strips around pan handles or cooking utensils to instantly get a better grip on them; then once you are finished, unwrap the strip and store it for next time.
Automatic Salt and Pepper Mills – To season your food with ease, load your salt rocks or peppercorns into the mill, hold it over your food, then press the button at the top, and the battery-powered mill will grind and disperse them over your food.
Eat, Drink and Wash up!
Once your meal is prepared, it’s time to eat, drink and (unfortunately) do the washing up, with the help of these handy items:
Uccello Easy-Pour Kettle – Ideal for making a hot drink to go with your meal, this clever 1.5L kettle sits on a pivoting base, meaning that rather than having to lift it to pour, all you need to do is tilt it; greatly reducing the risk of potentially dangerous spillages. Filling it up is a doddle too! The lid is easy to open and you can remove the kettle from the sturdy base. If you have trouble carrying mugs you could use this in conjunction with the SpillNot if carrying an individual drink or the Muggi if carrying drinks for family and friends!
The One-Handed Wash Brush – Reduce unnecessary joint stress by incorporating this into your washing up routine. Use the suction cup to secure it next to or even in the sink, then rotate your dirty pots, pans, plates, cups and cutlery around the dual brushes in order to scrub them clean inside and out.
These are just some of our kitchen gadgets for arthritis to help you in the kitchen. Let’s see what feast you can cook up using these tools!