5 on the fly: handy kitchen gadgets

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by Sarah Halfpenny

As we age, our needs and capabilities change, and the kitchen can become a difficult place due to the new physical challenges we face. Fortunately, there are several kitchen gadgets designed to make cooking and food preparation easier and safer. Here are five of the best …

  1. One-handed cutting board

This is an essential kitchen gadget for anyone with limited mobility or the use of only one hand. It has non-slip feet that hold the board securely on the kitchen bench, a set of removeable stainless steel spikes that can be inserted into the board to hold items such as meat, fruit or vegetables in place for peeling, slicing or chopping, and raised edges on two sides that hold bread in place while spreading.

  1. Adjustable hands-free clips

These clips are a game-changer for anyone who struggles with holding open bags while trying to fill them (who doesn’t!). They come in a variety of sizes and are designed to fit securely onto the edges of a food storage bag. Once attached, they hold the bag open, allowing you to easily pour or spoon in your food without needing to use your hands to keep the bag open. They’re a simple yet innovative solution to a common kitchen problem.

  1. Batter dispenser

If you love making pancakes, waffles, muffins, cupcakes, crepes, and cakes, this must-have tool makes it easy to pour batter with precision, ensuring that your pancakes are perfectly shaped and evenly cooked, and you can say goodbye to messy drips. The easy-pour spout allows you to control the flow of batter, so you can create get the exact amount of batter exactly where you want it. It’s also great for those with limited hand dexterity, as it reduces the need to hold and pour heavy bowls of batter.

  1. Premium cut-resistant gloves

Work confidently and safely in the kitchen with these gloves made from 100% food-grade materials, that provide level 5 protection against cuts and scrapes from knives or graters. They can be worn on either hand, are machine washable for easy cleaning, and are lightweight and breathable, reducing hand fatigue and sweat build-up during use.

  1. Oven rack shields

This innovative kitchen gadget can help prevent burns and scars when oven cooking. Made from heat-resistant silicone, these covers are designed to fit over the edges of oven racks, providing a protective barrier between your skin and the hot metal and can be easily trimmed to fit any size oven rack. They’re also dishwasher safe and can be reused over and over again. Whether you’re baking a cake or roasting a chicken, oven rack shields are an essential tool to keep your hands and arms safe from painful burns and scars (which I have plenty of to prove the point!)

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