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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.
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