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Chopped: Adaptive Addition

Using a knife to prepare meals is dangerous for anybody.  Using a knife when you have a disability or limitations is especially hazardous and difficult.  Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives for creating the meal you want without the traditional use of a knife.  Here are my tips for safely chopping vegetables and more:

Energy Conservation and Adaptive Equipment

  • For chopping whole vegetables, use a vegetable chopper.  Eliminate onion tears too!
  • Place vegetables into a food processor for simple shredding, chopping or puree.
  • Invest in an adaptive cutting board or DIY which helps keep food in place by using pegs and ledges for extra support while chopping.
  • If you do not have access to these tools, purchase pre-cut vegetables in the produce section or freezer section of your grocery store.  Meats and poultry can also be purchased pre-cut also or you can ask your store butcher to chop them for you.
  • Use a cheese grater for adding vegetables to soups, omelettes, and stir fry.  Stabilize the grater with a piece of non-slip Dycem for safer use.
  • Try using a rocker knife for decreased grip strength and limited use of hands.
  • Use a pizza cutter for smoother cuts and less work.

Visual Adaptations

  • Use a flexible lamp or task-lighting while chopping for extra light.
  • Use a white cutting board for bright colored vegetables or dark meats and a dark colored cutting board for light foods such as onions and garlic for better contrast.

  • Place cutting board or grater on Dycem to use as a visual aid.
  • If you are using a knife, make sure the blade is facing downwards before cutting into your food.

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