September 5, 2017

First Kitchen Swap Out!

I totally understand the reasons for using adaptive equipment, yet I just can’t bring myself to use any, even though in quite a few situations, it would make my life a lot easier.   I think it’s a psychological thing; if I act as if RA is not a problem, it will go away!  It will never go away and I’m still feeling the sense of personal loss, when everyday activities were not an exhausting experience or an exercise in futility.  This summer I worked on swapping out kitchen ware and kitchen gadgets that challenge me when cooking.  Here are a few that have made life easier:

These are my nesting mixing bowls that I have used and loved for years.  The handle and spout on the bowls were what attracted me to the set, yet it had never occurred to me that the weight of them would be a challenge for me when I was no longer in my twenties, or dealing with a debilitating disease.  So with great sadness they were donated and I purchased….

Cuisinart 3-Piece Mixing Bowls

I should have been using these from day one, they are light, easy to clean, & best of all they have a non-slip bottom that makes life very easy!!!

My garlic press caused problems before my diagnosis yet, I never replaced it until a few months ago.  I now use a stainless garlic rocker that is a breeze to use and easier to clean.

Lemmon squeezers have always posed quite a challenge, especially after a few drinks.  Since my squeezer was rusting out, I took a chance on the Prepara® Glass Juicer.  It’s the best!  Different name and design, but serves the same purpose and more!  This juicer is easy to use and clean, best of all it will store the left over lemon juice in a glass container that will not rust. 

Just a few transitional pieces, I’ll post more as I progress in my quest for a non-adaptive products that make life easier in the kitchen.  Have a great week!




  1. Jackie Senich says:

    I love that garlic press. Keep rocking that garlic!!!

  2. Mary Ann – good for you! Changing out some kitchen items isn’t giving in to RA. Why shouldn’t we all use more ergonomic tools if we can. For the record, I use a lot of OXO products. They were started by a man who’s wife had RA and he was trying to make tools that we easier for her to use. I love OX – they’re chunky and always do the job well IMO.

    And I want you to know that I had you in my mind when I shopped Friday afternoon – I went out of my comfort zone and purchased a mascara that is supposed to give me better looking lashes. I have used it once, and so far so good. No I didn’t buy any that you had recommended but I found something at the pharmacy that seemed design to do lashes better!!

    Have a good week.

  3. Mister Bristol says:

    I also refuse to slip quietly into the good night. These devices are making my time in the kitchen so much more enjoyable!!

  4. Valerie Fuchs says:

    Thanks for the tips!! I’ll pass along to my chef!!