How to Make Cooking Easier When You Have RA

Want to cook a tasty and healthy meal? Your rheumatoid arthritis doesn't have to get in the way. Use some kitchen tricks from Melinda Winner, who has RA and wrote A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis.

Slice with a push. Apple corers have lots of uses. Try one to slice or chop potatoes, squash, cucumbers, or pears.

Cut off the end of the fruit or vegetable to make it level and to steady it on the cutting board. Then, line up the corer so that one handle faces your body and the other points away.

Finally, put your forearms on the handles, and use the weight of your body to push the corer through whatever you need to slice up.

Put a ring on it. Wear a plain, inexpensive ring on your thumb and use it like a bottle opener for containers of yogurt, sour cream, or other things. Position it under the lid's edge, and lift up with your hand to pop off the top.

Roll large loads. Do you need to move a heavy pot of water from the sink to the stove? Try a plant stand with wheels.

First, use a measuring cup to fill the pot, then push the plant stand to the stove, and slide the pot onto the burner.

Push a button to dice. You could buy pre-cut veggies and fruits, but Winner suggests a food processor instead. It can slice, shred, chop, and even make a pie crust from start to finish.

Repurpose simple kitchen tools. Get creative. For instance, when you make egg salad or deviled eggs, a handheld square butter-cutter can easily trim a peeled hard-boiled egg to the perfect size for salad. An egg slicer can perfectly cut mushrooms.

Plan. Do some prep work when you feel good. For example, measure out fresh herbs in tablespoons or teaspoons, then place them in ice cube trays.

Fill the trays with water, milk, or cream. When frozen, place your "herbsicles" in clearly marked bags. Later, you won't need to clean and cut herbs. Just grab what you need for your recipe.

Go electric. If it's tough to stir, reach for a tool that will do it for you. Use a small, handheld electric blender instead of a spoon. Look for one that also has a whisk, too.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on December 13, 2018



University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA.

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, Baltimore.

Melinda Winner, author, A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis, 2009.

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