As the weather cools and schedules change to accommodate the season, thoughts turn to holiday planning. Fall and winter not only inspire large dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but specific recipes to ward off the chill. If you enjoy cooking but don’t spend as much time in the kitchen due to flare-ups in your hands and other joints, simple adjustments can help you rediscover the joy of creating a favorite meal for yourself and your family.
Get Ergonomic in the Kitchen
Arthritis in the hands can discourage you from food preparation. The stiffness can make it difficult to hold a knife or long-handled spoon. Look for utensils with easy-to-grip handles, pots with double handles for easy lifting, and other tools that take the pressure off your joints.
Make Food Preparation Easier
When the recipe calls for chopping vegetables and other ingredients, a two-handled rocker knife can get the job done with less stress on your hands. Some grocery stores also sell pre-cut vegetables, cheese, and other foods for convenience. When shopping for meats and seafood, see if your butcher will cut your purchase to your specifications. Invest in a food processor to help with dicing and pureeing, so you don’t have to perform any vigorous tasks by hand.
A slow cooker is also a good item to have in the kitchen for easy-to-cook meals. Look for recipes that require minimal preparation and let the cooker do all the work for you.
For how many people are at home, cook for more. Freeze leftovers to have later when your schedule doesn’t allow you much time in the kitchen. Look for containers that are easy to open.
Don’t let joint pain keep you from enjoying your favorite meals. The changes you make at home can help save money on takeout and deliver in the long run. If your arthritis flares up, the physicians and therapists at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists are here to support you.