Adaptive Cooking Techniques

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Do you love to cook? Bob, a paraplegic, demonstrates a few adaptive tools and techniques he’s used to make preparing food a little easier and safer from a wheelchair.

First, Bob makes note of an apron he’s fashioned for himself that has a large pocket on the underside where he’s inserted a heavy piece of leather and a thin piece of aluminum which work to make the surface stable and prevents items from rolling around.

Next, Bob shows a custom cutting board he made that allows him to cut food on his lap. Three sides of the board have a lip that prevents juices from falling onto his lap. The outside edge does not have a lip, and therefore can be used to scrape food he’s chopped into a bowl.

"The cutting board needs to be thick enough so that a hot frying pan won’t burn your lap but thin enough so it’s not so heavy that it’s a pain to pick up.”

Lastly, Bob has a great tip for tall countertops which make it almost impossible for someone in a wheelchair to see what’s cooking in a pot on the stove. Bob’s solution is a mounted mirror above the stove so that he can have a bird’s eye view of the stove top.

What adaptive tools do you use around the house? Share them with us, and you might be featured on AbleThrive!

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