Just thought I’d share some of the things that make it easier for me to cook despite disabilities such as weakening grip, worsening motor skills, fatigue, dizziness and leg/foot pain.
The image above is a bag of frozen chopped onions. These have been a lifesaver. Just pop them in the saucepan still frozen, whenever a recipe calls for chopped onions. Turkish food, which I love cooking, seems to call for them in every recipe (except desserts I guess!) and I was heartbroken when my worsening fine motor coordination meant I was just as likely to chop my fingers as chop the onions.
In a similar fashion, garlic purée is brilliant. You can also get frozen chopped garlic but I prefer the purée for some reason. I don’t use it as often as the onions but it’s essential for my famous garlic chicken!
The above contraption is something I bought in my favourite shop Flying Tiger. It’s a lid-grip. You use it to grip lids. Or, more precisely, you grip lids in order to enable you to open them. My weird hand neuropathy issues mean I really struggle with opening lids, and these help me so much.
Another thing-ame-bob from Flying Tiger is the bag-clip shown in the first photo, keeping the bag of chopped onions closed. These are by far the best bag-closers I have used.
My final kitchen hack is this very handy stool. You can adjust the height and it is so useful for when I need to stay by the cooker to stir things but my feet ache or I feel dizzy. What would make it even better would be if it were foldable and had a backrest, but we inherited it so in that regard it’s ideal. As shopping for stools, even online, is not my idea of fun.
Anyway, these are my main kitchen hacks. What are yours?