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Cooking Tips for People with Arthritis

Like it or not, the holiday season seems to arrive tethered to a casserole dish, baking sheet, or a sauce pot. For people with arthritis, the kitchen pleasures associated with the holidays, like cookie baking, take on extra difficulty. Manual tasks like chopping, cutting and slicing can be demanding for people with fingers, wrists, and […]

Like it or not, the holiday season seems to arrive tethered to a casserole dish, baking sheet, or a sauce pot.

For people with arthritis, the kitchen pleasures associated with the holidays, like cookie baking, take on extra difficulty. Manual tasks like chopping, cutting and slicing can be demanding for people with fingers, wrists, and hands affected by arthritis.

There are ways for people with arthritis to enjoy whipping up special holiday dishes. Here are some cooking tips offered by the Arthritis Foundation.

• Look for lightweight cooking tools with easy grips and non-slip handles. Fortunately, there are many choices available and manufacturers have designed spatulas, spoons, ladles, whisks and other cooking tools in all price ranges that feel comfortable in your hand and improve manual dexterity.
• If chopping, cutting and slicing chores are too much for you, consider a food processor. These devices are available in many sizes to fit the needs of small or large families and automatically chop, shred or slice like a pro. There are even mini food processors for small jobs. Before purchasing, make sure you can easily change the blades and remove the bowl and lid.
• You might not think of a stool as a kitchen tool, but when counter work or standing over the stove makes you weary, be ready to pull up a stool.
• Dust off the Crock-Pot®. These slow-cookers provide simple, nutritious meals and scores of recipes abound on-line and in cookbooks.

The Arthritis Foundation Has Answers to your questions about arthritis. For a free copy of the brochure Managing Your Activities, call 216-831-7000 or 1-800-245-2275, ext. 114. This brochure offers many tips for making the tasks of daily living easier for people with arthritis. Visit http://northeasternohio.arthritis.org for more information about chapter programs, services and special events.

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