I've had trouble with my hands on and off for years... but arthritis has kicked in now, and the cold weather is beating on them. Which got me to thinking about kitchen adaptions... I've already made a bunch of minor changes to make life easier, but what else can you do?
- Use pull-tab storage bags instead of regular ziplocks, they're a little more expensive but it's ten thousand times easier to open them...
- 'Easy-open' jar lid opener which you can work with one hand. (mine has a screw thing on the top and then you turn the handle to open the jar.)
- Use a lightweight, but larger knife - you don't have to use as much force to cut through things, and if you have to you can press down on the back of the blade to add more cutting force... I used to like to use paring knives and very small knives but they're a lot harder on your hands.
- Large-handled kitchen utensils. Seems like most hand tools are automatically larger-handled nowadays...
- Use frozen or pre-prepared veggies instead of starting from scratch. Trader Joes has frozen mushrooms, pearl onions etc for a very reasonable price... saves a lot of prep work to open a bag and pour. I ALWAYS buy the baby carrots - if the big pack is on sale I put it into the freezer so they don't go nasty sitting in the fridge.
- Kitchen shears to open packaging.
- I bought some plastic storage containers with a flip-top lid. They're good because you're not pulling/pushing on them to get them open and closed.
- Use the dishwasher (and dishwasher safe utensils) as much as possible.
- Corelle (or other ultra-light) dinnerware is a blessing... and we use small paper plates and disposable spoons for snacks so they don't have to be washed at all.
What else could I do?