Tips for the kitchen

Simple changes people living with MS may make in the kitchen

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Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. It can be a meeting place. It’s a place to experiment. And it’s a place to express yourself. Here are a few ideas for making it easier to work in your kitchen when living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Consider making your kitchen:

Safer

  • Buy precut foods, including carrots, salads, or meats
  • Use a food processor to make chopping easier
  • Secure your cutting board by placing it on a nonslip mat or wet towel
  • Ask for help from a friend or family member

Easier

  • Keep tools on nails or a peg board, right above the area in which you use them
  • Use a magnetic strip to store steel items, like knives and ladles. This is more convenient than keeping them in a drawer
  • Hang hooks to store your pots and pans in easy reach, or ask someone to help you
  • Get an extra set of salt and pepper shakers or measuring spoons and keep them on opposite sides of the kitchen
  • Utilize a long-arm grabbing tool in your kitchen for hard-to-reach items

Cooler

  • Open a window while the stove is on
  • Turn on a fan to cool yourself down
  • Microwave whatever you can

Comfier

  • Keep a stool by the counter so you can rest as you cook
  • Choose tools with comfortable grips
  • Wrap a big rubber band around the handle of your favorite tools to make them easier to handle
  • Open stubborn jars with rubber gloves or a rubber pot holder
  • Select pots and pans with two handles for easier carrying

Quicker

  • Line your pans with aluminum foil or parchment paper to make cleanup easier
  • A slow cooker, like a Crock-Pot, can save you time while it cooks all day
  • Use a large-dial timer to keep track of what’s cooking
  • Double what you’re cooking. The leftovers will save you from cooking the next day
  • Try to cook on weekends when you may have more time, and try portioning your meals for the week 

Making simple changes like these could help improve the time you spend in your kitchen.

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