As we get older, everyday tasks can become more difficult, from having a weaker grip than we once had to not being as steady as we would like, there are a number of things to consider. So, after exploring the cost of a house lift to help with moving between floors, what else can be achieved? Well, the kitchen is a great place to start, especially as so much of our time is spent there. Advancing in age certainly shouldn’t mean we can’t make our favourite meals and treats, or even that much needed afternoon cup of tea. The good news is that there are a number of wonderful tools available to make life in the kitchen easier.
Automatic pan stirrer
When it comes to the actual cooking, some great gadgets can make life easier. An automatic pan stirrer, like this one from üutensil, is a quick and easy way to stir your dishes and ingredients. Automatically rotating at the touch of a button, the stirrer is perfect for soups, gravy, and sauces. You don’t even need to hold it, just put it in the saucepan, press the button and you are free to get on with the rest of your meal prep while the stirrer gets to work. Its nylon legs are heat resistant to 120 degrees Celsius, meaning you can use it with complete peace of mind. With a high-speed motor, five-year warranty, and being dishwasher safe, this is certainly one of the best kitchen gadgets on the market.
The team at üutensil spoke to us about why they believe this tool is so helpful for older people: “Stirr is like having a third hand when cooking. It stirs so you don’t have to. Particularly useful when a recipe calls for continuous stirring – a real chore if there are other jobs to be done or if continuous stirring aggravates sore arms and arthritic wrists, for example. Our older customers tell us that even simple stirring jobs can be quite difficult with sore joints after a few minutes. We have been told how people have avoided cooking favourite dishes because of the stirring involved, but that with Stirr they have been able to enjoy them again. Interestingly the most popular food that Stirr is used with is porridge, which can take up to 10 mins to cook through properly – so anyone with sore joints will really benefit from using a Stirr when making that on these cold mornings.”
A good kitchen aid or gadget makes life easier and simpler when it comes to making our favourite dishes. This is certainly what this next item can offer. We spoke to Denise Browning from the food and cooking blog Easy and Delish, who suggests a food processor for making things easier in the kitchen: “I would recommend a good food processor. It can easily chop, slice, shred, grind, and puree almost any food. It can even help to make cakes such as Corn Magic Custard Cake and cupcakes such as these Carrot Cupcakes, replacing both the blender and mixer.”
Opening jars can be difficult at the best of times. How many of us have had trouble with a nuisance jar that for some reason just won’t open? Well, there is no need to struggle alone or google obscure techniques to get the thing open. Why not pick yourself up a helpful jar opener? There are numerous variants available, including this option from Lakeland. This little tool opens the stiffest screw-top jars by simply releasing the vacuum – working in a similar way to opening a beer bottle by gripping under the rim. The team at Lakeland say: “So simple to use, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it, we know our customers absolutely love them from all the glowing 5-star reviews they’ve received!”
Talking kitchen scales
Sometimes it’s helpful to have audible assistance around the house and this is especially true in the kitchen. So many products come with small numbers and letters that are too tricky to use that it can make things like weighing ingredients unnecessarily difficult. This is where a talking kitchen scale comes in, helping those who suffer from impaired vision. The Digital Scales Company has a terrific set of scales for this very purpose. The ‘My Weight Vox 2 Evo Talking Scale’ speaks to the user in English, German, French, and Spanish, sporting an ergonomic design, large buttons, and several other helpful features that make weighing kitchen items a breeze. Having one of these on the counter would be a shrewd move indeed.
One of the unfortunate side-effects of growing older can often be reduced wrist or hand strength. In the kitchen, this might have certain ramifications for things that we can safely do. One of these is anything that involves using a kettle, such as making a cup of tea. It’s important that we are as safe as possible, especially when boiling hot water is involved. This is why kettle tippers are a wonderful kitchen aid to have at your disposal. There are universal options that allow you to slot your existing kettle in, holding it in place as it securely tips the kettle with a rocking motion. There are also options like the Uccelo Kettle, an all in one device with an elegant design and one-touch lid that will not only keep things safe but look good in your kitchen too.
When it comes to the chopping board, picking up a rocker knife will go a long way in making things simpler in the kitchen. Slicing through cheeses and meat can be tricky with a standard kitchen knife but a rocker knife can be used with one hand, utilising a rocking motion for simple and effective cutting, even for those with a weak grip. With your free hand available for support, putting together a cheese board for family and friends has never been easier. The Good Grips Rocker Knife from NRS Healthcare is a top pick and perfect for those with arthritis or the use of only one hand. For increasing independence and safety in the kitchen, such a simple tool is certainly recommended.
The best kitchen aids for older people
- Automatic pan stirrer
- Food processor
- Jar openers
- Talking kitchen scales
- Kettle tipper
- Rocker knife
For those finding things a little tricky in the kitchen, utilising some of the above would go a long way in making things a little more straightforward.
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