There are lots of kitchen aids and utensils marketed as useful for people with arthritis. But how do you know if they are any good, or whether they will just lie forlorn and dusty at the back of a cupboard? With Christmas around the corner, here are my tops tips on how to buy arthritis kitchen equipment that will be super not superfluous:
- Be specific. Really consider what it is about a task that makes it challenging with arthritis. Is chopping a challenge because it is difficult to grip the knife handle or is it because you don't have enough strength in your wrists to slice accurately? The first problem could be solved by adjusting the grip on the knife, the second by switching to a sharper knife or using a cutting aid.
- Be smart. You don't need to buy expensive equipment or products designed for arthritis: A wooden spoon is light, easy to grip and cheap; a piece of insulating pipe taped to a utensil with an awkward grip can make it much easier to hold; and, a simple rubbery sponge cloth can make opening jars less painful.
- Be practical.Think about whether you will need to lift or move the item lots. If you don't have space on the counter for a heavy food processor and would need to get it in and out of a cupboard, a hand held stick blender with chopper attachment might be a better bet. Test out any catches or fixings to make sure things are easy for you to use and clean. I chose a Kenwood mixer over a Kitchen Aid mainly because I couldn't work the Kitchen Aid's lever when my hands hurt.