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Preparing food, cooking and serving

Preparing food can be hard if you find it difficult to grip things. This picture shows some gadgets that can help.

Gadgets to help prepare food

There are also many gadgets on the market for opening bottles, jars or tins, so try before you buy. You can see some on the following illustration.

Gadgets to help with opening

You can buy some of these products from our online shop, and our information on joint protection techniques may also be useful.

Cooking

Most supermarkets sell ready-prepared food such as chopped vegetables, grated cheese and roasted potatoes. Have some pre-prepared ingredients and ready-made meals in the freezer to avoid struggling when your arthritis is particularly troublesome.

The following should help you reduce strain on painful hands and wrists when cooking:

  • Use a lightweight, two-handled saucepan.
  • Use a vegetable steamer – they can be lighter than a saucepan because they don't need as much water.
  • A table-top cooker can be easier to use than a casserole dish that you place in the oven.
  • Cook vegetables in a wire chip basket, placed in a saucepan so it's easier to lift them out when cooked.
  • Make wooden spoons, knives and other handles bigger by adding some foam tubing (pipe lagging).

Serving food

Remove vegetables from the saucepan or steamer with a slotted spoon. Use a flat-bottomed ladle to remove soups and stews.

Think about using a trolley to take plates to and from the table. Use lightweight crockery and cups with large handles that you can grip with several fingers.

Insulated or pedestal mugs can be held with both hands because you can support them underneath without burning yourself.

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