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.
- 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.