October 27, 2014
Health Tip: Cooking Can Be Challenging With Arthritis
Meal planning can help ease the strain
(HealthDay News) -- Arthritis can make cooking difficult, but there are things you can do to ease the strain.
The University of Washington Medicine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine department offers these suggestions:
- Plan ahead for meals to avoid rushing.
- Make tasks easier by using appliances such as mixers, can openers, dishwashers, microwaves and crock pots.
- Place a mixing bowl in the sink on a damp cloth to hold it in place, and mix while holding the spoon like a dagger.
- Secure cutting boards with rust-proof nails to avoid slipping. Cut with a French chef's knife.
- Choose lightweight pans for easier cleanup and lifting. Apply a nonstick cooking spray.
- Use reachers, cook while sitting on a stool, store foods in easy reach and move items with a wheeled cart.