Rheumatoid Arthritis

Must-Have Kitchen Tools for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Help in the Kitchen

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you may experience painful joint swelling in your hands. This can make tasks like cooking difficult. But certain tools can make tackling kitchen chores less daunting.

    Click through the slideshow to learn which ones work best.

  • Safety First

    RA can make your fingers feel stiff, swollen, or tender. Some people even find that their joints shift or become deformed from the condition.

    This can make slicing and dicing hazardous when preparing food. Use a slicer to cut bread and bagels safely without risking injury.

    You can also find slicers to help you cut apples and other fruit.

  • Magnet Magic

    The last thing you want to do when your hands hurt is dig through a cluttered kitchen drawer to find what you need for your recipe. Instead, try using magnetized equipment such as measuring spoons and cups.

    Magnetic tools “nest” together for easier storage. And you can stick them to your metal oven or refrigerator, so they’re there when you need them.

  • Ease of Use Utensils

    Le Creuset kitchen utensils have unique wooden handles that allow for easier grasping and gripping while cooking and stirring.

    You have an array of options, from spatulas to scrapers, spoons to basting brushes. Try whichever tool you use the most, or collect them all.

  • Portable Pots and Pans

    Tramontina All Generations seven-piece cookware set is made of porcelain enamel, with “helper handles” to facilitate ease of use. The helper handles also make cleaning and serving easier.

    Additionally, you’ll appreciate their easy-to-grip lids. The soft silicone grip on each lid provides you more control when cooking.

  • Knuckle Protection

    RA may make performing kitchen tasks like grating difficult. A traditional grater can be hard to hold and control if you have joint pain.

    Try using a cheese grater with a suction-cup base. The suction base helps to stabilize the tool on your counter. This helps prevent injuries, such as scraped hands and knuckles or strained wrists.

  • Easy-Open Jars

    What’s easy in the kitchen for most people can pose a major challenge for those with RA. Opening jars can put strain on hand and finger joints, causing pain and flare-ups for those with arthritis.

    Choose a mounted jar opener that’s designed to attach beneath an upper cabinet. This facilitates opening without strain and stress on your joints.

     

  • Cooking Simplified

    RA presents many challenges in the kitchen. But planning ahead and thoughtfully choosing your cooking tools can help you avoid unnecessary pain and prevent injury.

    Talk to your doctor about what types of tools and utensils might be best for your particular condition. With so many products that make cooking  and other household tasks easier, there’s no need to struggle in the kitchen.

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