Living with a chronic illness has forced me to become creative and strategic with how I use my time and energy each day. With four kids, cooking is something I cannot entirely avoid (although I wouldn’t mind if I had a personal chef ;). I am always on the lookout for kitchen hacks that make cooking easier with chronic illness.
These 30 everyday kitchen hacks will change the way you cook.
- When you want to juice a lemon, put it in the microwave for 15 seconds. It will be super easy to squeeze and get more juice out of the lemon.
- When you are boiling eggs, put salt in the water because it makes it easier to peel the eggs after they are cooked.
- Buy pre-chopped foods like onions and bell peppers from either the produce section or from the frozen food section. This not only saves you
time,but makes it easier to cook with chronic pain.
- You can now buy prepped vegetables already cut and peeled in the fresh produce section of most major grocery stores.
- I line all of the pans I use when cooking with aluminum foil super easy and simple cleanup.
- Use disposable dishes. Sometimes it is more important to “save yourself” than “save the planet.”
- Every kitchen should have an automatic can opener. This kitchen tool is a must if you have hands affected by arthritis.
- Use crockpots for cooking meals.
- Put a damp cloth or paper towel under your cutting board to prevent it from slipping when in use.
- Use a straw to core strawberries.
- A Kitchen Aid mixer makes it a snap to shred chicken quickly.
- To warm up a piece of leftover garlic bread, biscuit, or other baked goods, wrap it in a damp paper towel and microwave for 10-15 seconds.
- Easily remove the annoying silk fibers from a corn husk by microwaving it, cut off the bottom, wrap a towel around husk and gently pull husk (and silk) off of the corn.
- Microwave fresh herbs for 2 minutes to “dry” them.
- Coat measuring cups with a vegetable spray or oil to make sure all of the
ingredientcomes out (like peanut butter, honey, mayonnaise).
- Spray Pam on a cheese grater before grating the cheese so it doesn’t stick.
- Wrap aluminum foil around the stems of bananas to keep them fresher longer. (Also, don’t store bananas right next to apples as it makes them ripen quicker.)
- Store natural butter upside down (like almond, peanut, etc.) to keep it from separating while sitting in the pantry.
- When making hamburger patties, make a hole in the center so that the burger cooks evenly.
- Store greens in the fridge with a paper towel. The paper towel absorbs extra moisture and increases the shelf-life.
- Keep raw peeled potatoes white by putting in a bowl of ice water. I use this when making French fries where I prep them beforehand for cooking.
- To keep brown sugar from hardening add a few marshmallows to it.
- Peel sweet potatoes (and regular ones) the easy way. Boil them with the skin on, then run cold water over them when done. The peelings will fall right off.
- When you are roasting vegetables or potatoes eliminate the need to turn over half way through cooking by preheating the cookie sheet.
- Put a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water. Since wood is not a good conductor of heat the water stays away from the spoon and doesn’t boil over.
- Use an empty ketchup bottle to pour pancake batter into and squeeze on to the griddle.
- Cut a watermelon this way.
- Use slow-cooker liners to make cleanup easy. Super genius kitchen product!
- When you first get home from the grocery store, take apart a pack of chicken breasts, season them individually, and freeze separately so you just have to pull out how many you need to cook at a time. Did you know that you can cook meat from the frozen state right in an Instant Pot?
- If you need to get a piece of eggshell out of your mixture, just wet your finger and when you touch the shard it will automatically stick to your finger!
Unfortunately, most of us can’t afford a personal chef. So, you have to be smart about the time you spend cooking in the kitchen. If chronic fatigue is a big part of your life, then these tips for everyday cooking will be a game-changer for you.
With the chronic pain I feel in my lower back, standing in front of the stove is nearly impossible for more than a few minutes. And even though I try to do as much meal prep as I can while sitting, cooking still requires quite a bit of movement and standing. I literally have these kitchen hacks that make cooking easier with a chronic illness memorized!
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