Archive for ‘Food’

February 21, 2019

Save Your RA Hands and Use a Pressure Cooker XL or Instant Pot

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Canned goods certainly add weight to your grocery bags. Lugging them into the house can be an unnecessary challenge for those rheumatoid arthritis-ravaged hands.

My solution is to forego the canned goods as much as possible. Not only is it healthier, but there is less recycling involved.

I’ve written about the joys of using a pressure cooker to prepare chickpeas and beans in bulk.  It’s also very budget-friendly when you prepare beans and chickpeas this way.

I always had a certain amount of trepidation using the stove-top pressure cooker. I was sure it was going to be a thar-she-blows type scenario. It never was, thankfully! Now that I have the Power Pressure Cooker XL, I don’t have those fears.

I soak a big batch of dried chickpeas or beans overnight. The next day I rinse them and cook according to directions. When slightly cooled, I scoop them into small batches for freezing. These margarine containers are the perfect size for freezing. Since we don’t eat margarine, my mother-in-law supplies us with the containers.

If I have one regret, it’s that I didn’t buy the Instant Pot. It has a yoghurt setting, while the Power Pressure Cooker XL does not.

October 22, 2018

#554 – Making the Best of a Freezer Purchase

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Why, oh why did I choose to buy a chest freezer? It would have been a better idea to spend a little more money and get an upright version. Anyone with a chest freezer is familiar with the nose dive that is required to get things out of its icy depths.

I’ve found a trick that makes it easier to get what you need from your freezer.

I separate food into plastic shopping bags. Chicken goes in one. Frozen beans/chickpeas go into another bag. Frozen fish, veggies, berries, left-overs, etc., each get their own bag. When I need something, I haul out the bags, versus each individual item. It’s certainly a lot quicker and I don’t have to leave freezer open as long. The other benefit is that if your RA fingers aren’t as nimble as you’d like, you’re able to push your hands through the handles and support the bag on your forearm, saving wear and tear on your fingers.

At least now my freezer doesn’t leave me in the cold!

April 19, 2018

#550 – Pastry Blender to Potato Masher

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If you have compromised hand and wrist function, kitchen chores, like mashing potatoes, can be a challenge. Good tools are essential, as is finding creative uses for the items you already have.

I have a pointy-ended potato masher (see bottom image, on the right), which doubles as a torture device. I had to press down on the end of the handle to apply enough pressure to mash those spuds. While I was getting the job done, I was also gouging my palm. (A mixer or food processor works, but sometimes I don’t feel like hauling out or dirtying those items.)

I was delighted when I found a pastry blender with a handle that is ergonomically-suited to me. It allows me to keep my wrist in a neutral position while I mash, mash, mash those potatoes. My mother-in-law blesses me each time she uses the one I gave to her. My sister-in-law used it at Christmas and she raved about it. Guess what she’s getting as a gift? Shhh, don’t tell her!

If you’re new to stocking a kitchen, or are new to RA, I’d suggest that you select a potato masher, or a pastry blender, with a handle that is horizontal. If you can’t find one, at least choose a potato masher that has a rounded tip on the handle. (See bottom image, left side.)

More creative uses for things you already have:

 

May 11, 2017

#524 – Those Pesky Containers

Some of my food storage containers are difficult to get into.

A can opener does the trick for a couple of different styles of  containers.

Stuck? Go on a treasure hunt to see which of your implements can do double-duty.

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