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Cook Confidently!

As we age, our bodies sometimes can't function in the kitchen as safely as we'd prefer, leading to us avoiding preparing even our favorite snacks. Maybe your grip on a knife has become shaky, you can't stand long enough to keep an eye on the frying pan, or your depth perception has led to burns on the oven or stove. But there's help to be found: beyond utilizing our Meals on Wheels program, you can make small changes to remain a safe and well-fed chef.

Prepared Ingredients

Save yourself the hassle of chopping, mincing, dicing, and grating. Many stores sell onion, bell peppers, herbs, and more cut and prepared for cooking. A 32-ounce jar of minced garlic is even a cheaper alternative to whole bulbs! Frozen corn and veggies are always pre-cut and ready to go.

Tech to the Rescue

Electric can-openers, jar-openers, and water kettles do the work for you. Most electric kettles turn off automatically, erasing worries about leaving the stove on, and some will even keep the water hot for up to an hour before shutting off.

Tools for the Task

If the old Pyrex is too heavy, aluminum baking pans make a great alternative. Place them on a cookie sheet for extra stability. If handling a frying pan with one hand is difficult, try double-handled cookware; no one says you can’t fry an egg in a wok!

Ouch-proof Accessories

Consider an oven rack guard to protect your arms while baking, or use longer oven mitts. To protect your hands while using knives, you might try cut-resistant gloves.

Live in Leisure

There is no reason you can’t put a stool in the kitchen for prep time! On the move? Try anti-fatigue floormats.