Posts tagged ‘kitchen tools’

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:


June 26, 2012

The Boa Constrictor Strap Wrench

I remember first seeing The Boa Constrictor Strap Wrench on television. It was love at first sight. I knew that it would work beautifully on all those hard to open jars and bottles.

It works so well, that I put the larger one into the car for just in case.

For those stubborn jars, I’ll use the Mightigrip Jar Opener on the lid and the “Boa” to hold the base of the jar steady.

June 4, 2012

Egg Slicer Finds a New Job

There are times when I just don’t feel like using the food processor to do one small dicing, slicing or shredding job.

Last night was one of those times. I had only mushrooms to slice; it wasn’t worth the clean up efforts. So, I rummaged around in my gadget drawer and found the egg slicer. It worked beautifully. Plus, it is a hand-friendly alternative to gripping the knife for any length of time!

What alternate uses have your found for your kitchen gadgets?

This is a reminder that the giveaway for the Large Bypass Pruner closes tonight. Enter here. Wouldn’t this make a great gift for someone?

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