Putting Food in an Oven

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Kristen Sachs
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Meg Johnson
Curated by
Kristen Sachs

Meg has made a batch of funeral potatoes, and now it’s time for her to bake them in the oven. Meg is a quadriplegic with limited hand function, and she uses a manual wheelchair. She demonstrates how she preheats the oven, then loads it with her dish.

First she pulls up in front of the oven, leans over the stovetop, and pushes the buttons to turn on the oven. Easy!

Once the oven is preheated, she pulls her chair next to the oven so that the back of her chair is touching the cabinets directly in line with the oven. She uses her left hand to open the oven door. Then she dons her oven mitt for protection. “It’s pre-heated, so the racks are going to be hot,” says Meg. “So I put on a glove on the hand that’s going to touch the rack.”

She leans back and pulls out the top rack slightly to make it easier to insert the casserole. She then lifts the casserole from her lap, turns to her left, plops it onto the waiting rack, pushes the rack back in place, and shuts the door.

Watch how she does it in the video below!

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