question Cooking Made Accessible

Ok seriously how do you with limited mobility cook for yourselves? I want some ideas with safety?

any suggestions of stove top cooking like i can’t see insides of pans from my chair when using a stove

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4 Responses to question Cooking Made Accessible

  1. Sarah Tonen says:

    Glass (CORNINGWARE VISIONS) pots and pans — you can see through them. Shop around the web for best price, they’re not all over the place, sometimes hard to find, but if you look you can find them. Start at Amazon but also try e-Bay or Overstock and other trusted sites that you’ve used before and like. I bought some at KMart years ago and still have them. They’re pretty forgiving if you drop them on a softer floor (cork or linoleum) but if you have stone floors in your kitchen, maybe not a good idea.

    You could also try using a portable stovetop, in either propane or electric (electric probably safer/easier–just plug it in, it stores easily in an under-cabinet), and putting it on a sturdy lower table at an appropriate height for you so you can look down at your concoction and see what you are doing. Just make sure that you anticipate yourself, as electrical cooking is very different from gas, and if you aren’t incremental in applying heat, you can scorch your food. You can buy a two burner cooktop for not much money, or even a one burner (WARING–the blender people– makes a very nice one) if you’re not cooking a ton of stuff or can do some of your recipe (e.g. pasta or rice in a microwave pasta maker) in the microwave. A company named KALORIK makes a very nice two burner number that is probably almost as good as gas–the burners are “cast iron” which holds heat nicely and they’re easier to clean once you get the hang of them (they’re a bit slower to heat up, but it is a nice even heat).

    If you wanted to do something permanent in your kitchen, you could have a stovetop installed in a lower counter (not cheap, of course) and a lower oven placed in the wall as well–that’s big money, though.

    If you aren’t doing a lot of cooking, you could probably make do with a portable plug in stovetop on a sturdy lower table (perhaps a tile or stone-topped table, or with some other forgiving surface that can take heat) , and one of the newer “pizza oven” style toaster ovens (which are big enough to cook a supermarket pizza in, or roast a chicken or a turkey breast –not a full turkey, though), and of course, a trusty microwave. You can find real bargains on these items if you shop around and are not impatient–you could probably get both a good quality large portable oven and a good burner for under a hundred bucks if you take your time. If you want to spend a bit more cash, get yourself an all-in-one oven, one of those convection or halogen numbers that also microwave.

    Make sure your table with your cooktop on it is big enough so you can take your pot off the heat and put it to the side if things are cooking too quickly, and make sure your pots have nice long handles that you can grasp firmly, or you might want to do some research on adaptive handles to add to your pots/pans that will help with grip.

    Invest in a good oven glove or two as you invest in these cooking items–that “OV GLOVE” you see on TV, and other potholders that look too thin to do the job, actually work–space age technology. Don’t cook without having them on, so you don’t burn yourself! Your first few times out, have someone with you so you’ve got help if you run into a problem you haven’t anticipated. You probably will do fine once you get all the kinks ironed out.

    Good luck in your kitchen quest!

  2. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    wow you are a wealth of information thank you sarah!

  3. Sarah Tonen says:

    Anytime! I like to cook, too!

    • lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

      sarah how did you find my blog? do you mind if I email you on occasion to pick your brain for ideas

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