Cooking

Food processors, electric can openers, lightweight mixers, electric knife sharpeners and electric knives can make cooking a lot easier, but not all are practical or suit your particular needs. Take any opportunity to try them before buying. If knives are kept sharp it takes less force to chop food. Organise your kitchen so that the things you use most often are within easy reach. Make as few movements as possible when cooking a meal. Using a small jug to carry water to a kettle or pan, avoids lifting a whole pan full of water. Kettle tippers, available from disability catalogues, hold the weight of the kettle or jug to make it easier to pour. Eat simple meals requiring minimum effort to cook and prepare. Sit down wherever possible; potatoes can be peeled in an armchair. Keep a tall stool or office chair in the kitchen. Cooking vegetables in a wire basket in a saucepan saves lifting a heavy pan. When able, prepare extra quantities and freeze some for a later date. Portions of casseroles, mashed potato, cooked rice, ham, sauces for pasta, and fresh cream in ice cube moulds can also be frozen. Find out which fresh foods and vegetables freeze well. Keep a supply of convenience foods for bad days. A microwave is useful for re-heating. You may be eligible for social services help such as: meals on wheels, frozen meals delivery service, or a carer who will cook for you. If you are having visitors, think about getting a takeaway, preparing food in advance, asking guests to bring a dish or getting them to do the cooking. Paper plates and disposable knives and forks save washing up if you donít have a helper.

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