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I spend a significant amount of my time in the kitchen. I don’t particularly like cooking, but with a family somebody has to do it. Plus I like to eat good food, so it only makes sense that I have to spend time producing said food. However, since chronic illness came my way it has become more difficult to cook the way I would like. My hands just don’t work they way I’d like them too, and like it or not you need functional hands to cook. So along the way I’ve found a few gadgets to help me out in the kitchen and these are some of my favorites.
I love garlic so very much. If a recipe calls for one clove of garlic I put in four, but crushing garlic by hand got old very fast. I just don’t have the hand strength that I used to so I rely on the garlic press to do most of the work for me.
2. Jar Key
Opening jars is a joke when your hand hurt all the time. A jar key pops the vacuum seal of jar lids so they spin open and you don’t have to twist or grip the lid.
My grandfather used to buy a lot of “as seen on tv” items and when he died I inherited his vegetable chopper. I had no idea what I was missing out on until I got this thing. I make a lot of soup and this cut my vegetable prep time in half.
When I had functioning hands I thought electric can openers were a huge pain and would never have thought of using one. Life has paid me back for that thought! I can no longer open cans by hand unless they have pull tabs, and even that is hit or miss.
I hate digging through my kitchen drawers to find the right size measuring cups. These have magnetic handles so everything sticks together.
Chopping is a huge pain for me. The hands are just not willing to go through the hand motions required. A rocking knife requires less strength and dexterity than other knives.
7. Pizza cutter
You don’t just have to use it on pizza, you can use it on a number of things. You can cut herbs, sandwiches (I use it to cut my kids’ cheese sandwiches into triangles) etc.
8. Slow cooker
My crockpot is probably my kitchen device. I can just dump in some ingredients and a few hours later it’s done! It saves me time and energy. My favorite crockpot recipe is slow cooker lasagna, who knew you could do lasagna in a crockpot?
This is obviously a huge investment and is only worth it if you bake a lot. I love homemade bread, and my kitchen aid has been a lifesaver. No more stirring or kneading because it’s all taken care of. I also use it when I make cookies instead of the hand mixer I used previously, it’s just easier on my arms and hands.
10. Memory foam mat
Obviously this isn’t exactly a gadget, but it’s something I couldn’t live without. My kitchen has a tile floor which can be hard on my feet and legs if I stand to long at the counter. My memory foam mat is a lifesaver for my poor legs.