How I Make My Kitchen Accessible for Me

Just like so many other areas in our lives, in order to cook comfortably as a chronically ill and/or disabled person means adapting your kitchen to help you work within your limitations. I can't stand for long periods of time, and my hands aren't always stable enough to safely chop veggies. So what do I do? Make my kitchen work for me with great tools. This section will be updated regularly as I find new tips, tricks, and tools to help make cooking as a chronically ill/ disabled person easier and more enjoyable. 

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Grab a Stool

My padded swivel stool with a back has been a total savior for my ability to cook. I'm a bit of a hover-er in the kitchen (though I'm learning to let go lol), so I'd get exhausted from standing all the time while soups were simmering etc. Now I can still indulge that urge to watch everything happening and not wear myself out.

If you're on a tight budget I recommend this over anything else. Since you only need one, a thrift store find or garage sale can land you something super comfy for cheap. I'd recommend bar height so that you can work at a standard stove height easily. 

Get a Good Food Processor

A lot of people don't know how versatile food processors really are. It's not just for making hummus and pesto. I just got my bad ass Breville FP which can slice, chop, shred and blend. If I need to do anything with a decent amount of chopping it goes straight to my food processor, and on bad days it does anything that requires a knife for me. I'll be doing a full write up on my new processor once I've had some time to run it through it's paces. 

This is one area where you get what you pay for. You can get a cheap food processor from your local big box store, but it likely won't do all the tasks you can ask of it well. That's because they're cheap motors running your blades with little power.  For food processors for $100 or less, check out this ConsumerReports Review.

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Use Your Crockpot

Crockpots are awesome for getting a meal done where you can set it and forget it. But they require a small amount of planning. That's easy enough to integrate into your routine and you can choose to do big batch days where you get meals all set in ziplocks to freeze. Then simply pull out of the freezer the one for the next day before you go to bed and pop it in the fridge. It'll be thawed in the morning and you just dump in the crockpot, turn it onto the right setting and get on with your day. If you're a working spoonie this is a stellar way to feed your family without draining you.  

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Invest in a Stand Mixer

Whether you're a baker or not, there are plenty of reasons to own a good stand mixer as a spoonie. KtichenAid's have attachments for just about anything you can think of. So if you do a lot of mixing, or have hands that just can't handle that, or one of the other million things these guys can do - get one. I found a refurbished one online for a great price, but since these things last forever, you can find them at thrift stores, garage sales etc. Getting one used is by no means a drawback.