Kitchen Gadgets for People with Visual Impairments

Kitchen gadgets

Cooking is fun! It allows us to have a creative and hands-on experience during the process of making a meal. And the best part? After all your hard labor you have a tasty meal waiting for you!

While most of us can see how much water is in a measuring cup before pouring or when and where to move in order to avoid oil splashes while frying, those with visual blindness or impairments may encounter more difficulties if adjustments in the kitchen are not made.

In this article, I have listed a few kitchen gadgets that can help with a variety of tasks while having blindness or visual impairments.

Cooking Gadgets for People with Visual Impairments

Talking Digital Food Scale

Typical food scales require vision in order for us to read the weight of the food item. A typical scale can be exchanged for a talking digital food scale such as this one, which will allow you to hear the weight. For this model, I also really like the simple design on the scale where the on/off buttons are on one side, and units/tare functions are on the other.

Palm Peeler

Peeling fruits and vegetables using a small knife can be dangerous and using a regular peeler requires accurate positioning of the tool along with precise placement of your other hand behind the vegetable. The palm peeler can help reduce the risk of cutting yourself. Also, this tool can be helpful because it lets them know the exact location of the blade and feel where they are peeling by using their thumb and pinky fingers.

Colored Chopping Board Set

Chopping boards

It's always good to use a variety of chopping boards when it comes to cooking. You never want to use a cutting board that was just used to cut raw meat to cut ready-to-eat food. (Don't want cross-contamination!) Colored cutting boards are usually the easiest way to solve this problem. Differentiating colors/contrasts may be possible for some people with minor visual impairments but for people with blindness, that may not be possible.

This product that I found can be a good way to help with avoiding cross-contamination while giving the person the ability to differentiate between the boards by touch. What I like about this one are the textured tabs. By feeling the images on the tabs, users will be able to retrieve the appropriate cutting board for their needs. However, a lot of reviews on Amazon do not like the size of this cutting board.

If having a large cutting board is important, there is also another option. This second one does not have the textured tabs but it does have textured grooves on each board, but the users are not able to differentiate the boards until they are pulled out.

Heat Resistant Gloves

I have an example but any type of good heat-resistant gloves will do. The purpose of it is to avoid getting burned by all the unexpected hot oil or water splashes. When cooking, the user can place a heat-resistant glove on their non-dominant hand. This way, the gloved hand can provide support by stabilizing the sides of the pot/pan while the dominant hand stirs. Using a glove will give the user constant input from both hands and help identify where cookware is throughout the entire cooking process. The user can even adjust the placement of the pot/pan in case it was not properly supported by the stove burner.

Measured Bottle Pourer

When pouring any amount of liquid (oil, syrup, vinegar, etc.) for cooking, we often rely on our vision in order to read the labels on the measuring spoons or cups. For people with blindness or visual impairments, performing this task may require a different method. When performing "quick" pours like, oiling the pan before searing a fish or lightly drizzling syrup on top of ice cream, using a measured bottle pourer, such as this one is helpful.

If measuring a larger quantity for baking or mixing, small pours may not be as helpful. In that case, using braille and tactile measuring cups would be a better choice.

Tools that Make Cooking Simple

Happy Cooking! [Products are found on Amazon, online shops or local stores. This article is in no way sponsored, endorsed or promoted by or associated with any of the products mentioned above. I have not personally tested these products. Recommendations based on potentials I see in them for certain populations.]

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