CPF Holiday Cooking Tips

For many families, being involved in meal preparation, cooking a meal, and of course eating a meal is an important part of day-to-day life. This is no different for children and adults who have physical disabilities.

Involving your child in meal preparation can have many benefits, including: allowing children the opportunity to practice their math skills when measuring ingredients; exposing them to new smells or tactile sensations which may be helpful for kids with sensory sensitivities; and learning important lessons early-on about kitchen safety.

Adaptive equipment can help individuals develop more independence with cooking skills and food preparation, especially those who have the use of only one hand.

With the right set of adaptive kitchen tools, your Thanksgiving dinner can be a success. Here are our top tips for making holiday dinner.

• Open the stuffing with your one-handed can opener, such as this one or this one if you prefer a fully automatic one.
• Carve the turkey with an adaptive cutting board that can hold items in place with built-in pins such as this one.
• If you or your child has trouble mixing or stirring, blenders and food processors can sometimes be used in place of a traditional mixer. One example is this one
• With pot-tippers and non-slip mats to stabilize your bowls, pouring ingredients couldn’t be easier.
• If someone has trouble spreading things like butter or cranberry sauce, spread boards that can attach to the table ensure that your rolls stay in place.
• After dinner, anyone can help clean up with a grippable dish scrubber. A one-handed dish scrubber can be suctioned to the bottom or side of the sink to let you wash dishes, bowls, cups, and utensils with one hand.

Thanksgiving is a holiday where everyone in the family pitches in to help, and with this equipment, adults and children with disabilities can join the cooking experience.

Also, for a special Thanksgiving treat, make sure to watch our Just Say Hi spot with Mario Batali!