Posts tagged ‘arthritic hands’

May 8, 2012

Please Pass the Salt (and Pepper)

Older models

For those of you who are old enough to remember skipping songs, you’ll know that “pepper” was the prompt that signified that the rope was about to speed up.

Although my skipping days are long gone, pepper, thankfully, has not skipped out of my life.

I love spicing things up in the kitchen—and dining room—with freshly ground pepper. I have several manual pepper grinders; unfortunately, the torque that is required to get those grinds is asking too much of my hands and wrists.

Several years ago, I found this Starfrit Rechargeable Electric Pepper Mill. I decided to get a mate for it and purchased a second one in white for— what else?—but the salt! These are also rechargeable and come with a light, so you’ll be able to add more seasoning to those romantic candlelit dinners!

At one point, I thought it had broken, so I started looking for a replacement. Most of the ones I looked at were cheaply made. I didn’t think they would be any match against the force of the pepper grounds.

A mechanically minded friend had a look at my beloved pepper grinder and discovered that one grain was stuck, so no replacement was required.


New and improved Rechargeable Electric Pepper Mill

New is Improved

The Rechargeable Electric Pepper Mill from Starfrit is absolutely one of my favourite kitchen items! In addition to same great features of the older model, it boasts an easier-to-load pepper “drawer”, plus the grains don’t seem to get stuck like they did in the older model.

Today’s Rechargeable Electric Pepper Mill is the last of four Starfrit kitchen gadgets that have been featured on the Gadget Tuesday Giveaway. One lucky person will receive a very generous gift from Starfrit, which includes not one, not two, nor three, but four—count ’em!— kitchen and hand-friendly gadgets. Woo Hoo!

For one entry, please visit Starfrit and leave a comment below, identifying one other item, not offered in the Gadget Tuesday Giveaway, that you’d most like to own.

Have you commented on all four posts? If not, here are the links to the other three items:

For bonus entries:

1. Visit Auntie Stress and identify the name of the service which is of most interest to you.

2. Posts on A Rheumful of Tips are listed in categories. Name three of them.

Your entries must be in by midnight, PDT, on Thursday, May 10th, 2012.

This offer is open to anyone with a Canadian or U.S. mailing address.

May 1, 2012

Gadget Tuesday Giveaway – Rotato, Potato, Beets . . .


Well, I must admit that when I pulled this item out of that box full of goodies from Starfrit, I was skeptically eager to try it.

A pot roast, not unlike the one Jennifer describes here, was placed on the menu. The Electric Rotato Express made quick work of the potatoes, turnips and yams. There was a bit of peel left near the top and bottom, but my handy 2 in 1 Peeler took care of that.

I love beets. Peeling them when I want to grate some raw into a salad? Not so much. Well, now I can enjoy raw beets more often, thanks to this item.

Once your potato is peeled, you could also run the Rotato again and make shoe lace potatoes, yams or beets.

Today’s Electric Rotato Express is the third of four Starfrit kitchen gadgets that will be winding their way to one lucky person at the end of the Gadget Tuesday series. If you comment on all four posts, that totals four entries that will be placed into the hat. If your name is drawn, you will receive the 2 in 1 Peeler, the Mightigrip Jar Opener, the Electric Rotato Express plus one other item, courtesy of the fine folks at Starfrit. (Please visit Starfrit to see if you can guess the remaining item. 😉 )

To enter your name in the giveaway, please explain how the Electtric Rotato Express would be of benefit to you.

This offer is open to anyone with a Canadian or U.S. mailing address.

Rotato – Turnip

April 30, 2012

Decant for DeCAN!

Do you struggle with containers such as the two-litre cartons of milk and the large jugs of juice? I can’t easily tip or pour out the contents as they put an enormous strain on fragile wrists and hands.

I’ve learned how to change can’t to can, though.

I simply decant the contents into smaller jars or pitchers.

Related post: Tip Me Over and Pour Me Out.

April 18, 2012

Ironing Schmironing

Image courtesy of Ilya Samsonov

For someone living with rheumatoid arthritis, even the lightest-of-weight irons can feel as heavy as this antique iron looks. However, weight isn’t the only reason you’ll want to limit the amount of time you spend ironing. Swollen, dislocated and deformed fingers are painful; any steps that can be taken to save your joints will help you move through your life.

Less wrinkling equals less ironing. Since I don’t have to sweat and struggle with the iron, that adds up to a greater deal of savings in my own personal energy department.

Get in the habit of taking your clothes out of the dryer as soon as it stops. Reduce the amount of ironing you have to do and feel a little less like Cinderella, pre-Prince.

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