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Discover best 7 kitchen gadgets that help legally blind people learn to cook

Updated on January 20, 2016

Legally blind people learn new skills everyday

OK, you or someone you know is legally blind. Guess what, it is not the end of the world, it has just changed the way we live our lives. There are a great many things we will no longer do, flying a plane, driving a car, or gaze at the stars at night. However, there are a great many things we can and will learn to do with the use of low vision aids. After all, we are still creative thinkers, our free will is still intact, and we possess the determination to overcome and adapt to the many challenges life throws at us. Take the kitchen for instance. On occasion, the kitchen is the scariest room in the house to a legally blind person, but it does not need to be that way. As you continue reading, Discover best 7 kitchen gadgets that help legally blind people learn to cook, you will learn it is unbelievably easy for a person with low vision to cook their family’s favorite foods.

Cool kitchen gadgets

1. Talking kitchen timer

The talking kitchen timer is a great kitchen gadget. When you can no longer see when the food in a pan is browning, or the fried eggs are no longer runny. Using a talking kitchen timer is the next best way to keep from burning your food. I have found, setting my electric cook top burner to medium low, and setting my talking kitchen timer for three and a half to four minutes per side, fries a hamburger or two egg omelet just the way I like them.

Barbecuing chicken breasts, hamburgers, or brats on the BBQ grill can be a bit of a challenge, using a talking kitchen timer and my Weber genesis gas grill, low and slow or searing is unbelievably easy. I simply fire up the ole gas grill, let it heat up while I get what ever it is I want to BBQ ready. With the grill pre-heated and the food ready to put on the grill, it is simple, put the food on the grill, set the talking kitchen timer, close the lid on the grill, and wait on the timer to go off.

Kitchen scales

2. Talking kitchen scale

The talking kitchen scale makes portion control easy, when your diet calls for a four-ounce portion of grilled chicken Brest, use a talking kitchen scale and weigh it. No guessing how much you are eating, no over-eating, best of all no worries about all the extra calories or grams of unwanted fat.

When your favorite recipe calls for this many grams of this or that many ounces of that no worries, simply weigh it with a set of talking kitchen scales. Want to make sloppy joes for lunch and you need a pound of ground beef or turkey, and all you have is one of those family packages of ground meat, no problem simply weigh out what you need.

A great kitchen gadget

3. Talking microwave oven

Talking microwave oven, I think you will agree a good microwave is hard to do without. We use them to reheat our left over’s, make popcorn and heat up a cold cup of tea or coffee. The problem with most microwaves, the touch pad is impossible to figure out. Let us face it, all those pre-sets, small buttons and little to no contrast in the color of the buttons and the writing on them makes it hard for the normal sighted person to figure out, let alone someone who has lost their visual acuity.

A talking microwave oven eliminates all that craziness, simply push a button and it speaks to you, set cook time minutes, set cook time seconds, cooking level defrost, low, medium or high. Let me ask you, what would be simpler?

Microwave ovens are just too darn convenient. Shoot, you can even push a button and the talking microwave oven will tell you how much cooking time remains.

Grill, barbecue and roast your food perfectly everytime

4. Wireless talking thermometer

Wireless talking thermometer is a great kitchen gadget to be sure. Roasting the thanks giving ham or turkey in the oven, or simply slow cooking a beef brisket or pork butt on the BBQ, a wireless talking thermometer works unbelievably well.

You simply pre-heat your oven or BBQ grill to the proper cooking temperature.

Turn the wireless talking thermometer on.

Follow the voice prompts to set the temperature for the food you are cooking.

Place the food in the grill or oven after installing the probe in it and wait.

The wireless talking thermometer will let you know when the food has reached the proper internal temperature. Remove the food from the heat, let it stand for a few minutes, carve and enjoy your perfectly cooked food.

Fry your favorite food, make candies perfectly

5. Talking food thermometer

Using a talking food thermometer when cooking on the cook-top, or electric range in our kitchen, eliminates a lot of the guesswork. When you or someone you love needs to determine just how hot that pan of cooking oil is, say 375 degrees F, turn the talking food thermometer on, and stick the probe in the hot oil for two or three seconds and you will know exactly how hot it really is.

With a quick and easy way to measure the temperature of foods ranging in scale from -58 to 572 degrees F (-50 to 300 degrees C), we can easily fry our own fish, shoot you can even make your own family favorite fudge and candy recipes. Around my house, we like the no bake chocolaty oatmeal cookies.

Slices and dices spices and vegetables

6. Food chopper

A Food chopper is one of those kitchen gadgets you never think about, that is until you use one, and discover just how handy they actually are to have in the kitchen. Chopping carrots, potatoes, onions and garlic to make our favorite soups is much easier not to mention a whole lot safer, than trying to use a chef’s knife as we did before we lost our visual acuity.

Making the families favorite homemade tomato salsa recipe is necessary for our family get together. For me using the food chopper is a party saver, especially when chopping all the fresh from the garden jalapenos, red onions, and cilantro used to make the salsa, it is much more rewarding for me now that I have learned how to use kitchen gadgets and cook the good eats the family enjoys.

Stainless is timeless and offers great contrast

7. Stainless steel measuring cup and spoon set

A good stainless steel measuring cup and spoon set is an extremely useful kitchen gadget for a legally blind person. It is much easier and far more accurate, when we use a specific sized measuring cup, or spoon, to measure the proper amount of our cooking ingredients.

The marks on the Pyrex glass measuring cups are impossible for a person with low vision to use. The little red colored marks are simply impossible to see furthermore, the full marks are well below the rim of the pour spout, making it impossible to use the top of the measuring cup as a reference.

The stainless steel measuring cups make it simple to get the proper amount of ingredients, critical to baking a cake, cookies, and pies and let us not forget cornbread and biscuits.

When we need a cup of bread flower, we simply use, a one-cup stainless steel measuring cup filled to the brim, level it off with a spatula and we are good to go. When we need one and one half cup of something, we simply use the one-cup measuring cup, and the one half cup measuring cup, and we will have the perfect amount every time. That is of course we read the recipe incorrectly, or as I have used a white cornmeal by mistake a time or two in place of bread flower, (grin).

Stainless steel measuring cups and spoon sets are easier to see, it is all about the contrast. Clear glass measuring cups disappear on both light and dark colored cook top, electric range, and counter top. White or light colored plastic measuring cups and spoons likewise disappear on light colored kitchen counter tops, and other kitchen surfaces. Stainless steel measuring cups, spoons, and mixing bowls provide for a good contrast, are lightweight, and best of all are easier for a person with low vision to see on a variety of kitchen surfaces.

Dealing with Low vision Challenges

There are many different reasons a person finds himself or herself facing the challenges associated with low vision, in other words, being legally blind. Be it old age, medical condition, or disease. The thing we need to keep in mind, we simply must face the reality of our situation, we may be blind but, we certainly are not dead yet. So please do yourself and the people that love you a huge favor, discover best 7 kitchen gadgets that help legally blind people learn to cook, regain your sense of independence, meet the challenges head on one day at a time, and enjoy life to the fullest.


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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      These are useful ideas and the info on the pyrex ware measuring cup was especially interesting to consider.

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      Mike Teddleton 6 years ago from Midwest USA

      Betsy not really, I find cleaning my food chopper as soon as I have finished chopping onions by rinsing the blades under warm water first helps.

      I then take my food chopper apart while rinsing under the faucet, put in the dishwasher using the normal clean cycle removes all the hard to get to small bits of food.

      I have also used a bottle brush to clean the blades in the sink before I got into the habit, a couple of years ago of using the dishwasher.

      Both work, I just feel the dishwasher realy gets the food chopper blades cleaner than I can by hand, and I believe you will agree more importantly sanitary.

      Thanks for asking, best wishes. Mike

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      Betsy 6 years ago

      Is it difficult to clean the chopper when your vision is low?

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      Mike Teddleton 6 years ago from Midwest USA

      ellahall2011 you are welcome. I hope you found one or more of these kitchen gadgets helpful.

      Best wishes, Mike

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      ellahall2011 6 years ago

      Great information on kitchen gadgets!Thank you.

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      Mike Teddleton 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      soozeqsh I understand all to well how macular degeneration affects one's life.

      I have read where there is studies on how stem cells are being used to reverse the effects of macular degeneration, but there is that whole stem cell research issue.

      I wish you and your mom all the best, thanks for your comment. Mike

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      soozeqsh 7 years ago from Boyertown, PA

      My mother is suffering from macular degeneration and is trying to hold on to her vision with new therapies (injections into the eye). I am hoping she will not get to the point where she needs these aids, but it is possible. Her greatest challenge to date is managing her financial tasks, writing out checks, handling the mail. Thanks for the article.