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Food Preparation Tools


Kitchen gadgets can help you prepare food


About Food Preparation Tools 


The right tools can make cutting, mixing, and cooking food easier. There are many gadgets available to help in the kitchen. You can learn more about these products from companies like The Wright Stuff or RehabMart.

What kinds of food preparation tools are there?

For Cutting

Knives come in many shapes and sizes. Specially adapted designs include t-handle rocker knives and rolling blades (like pizza cutters) that are easy to use with one hand. Other useful tools for cutting include:

  • Manual food chopper
  • Electric food processer
  • Mandoline slicer
  • Cutting board with grips, stakes, or raised edges
  • Finger guards or knife-resistant chopping gloves
  • Palm peelers
  • Fruit and vegetable scrub cloth (alternative to peeling)

For Holding

Some pots and pans come with oversized handles for easy gripping. Other tools, like sieves that attach to the sink, are designed in a way that frees up your hands. Here are some more solutions for holding things while you cook:

  • Grip mats or shelf liner
  • Electric can opener and electric bottle opener
  • DIY solutions (hooks, universal cuffs, industrial tube ties, suction cups)

For Cooking

Make the most use out of your small appliances! Can you use a stand mixer for kneading dough or mashing potatoes? Would something with automatic shut off, like an instant pot or an electric kettle, be safer for you than boiling a pot on the stove? Consider adaptive uses for the following:

  • Rice cooker, instant pot, or crock pot
  • Blender or stick blender / immersion wand
  • Stand mixer or hand mixer


How can I find out what’s new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:


Adaptive cooking, assistive cooking equipment, one-handed knives, adaptive cutting board


How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out.

Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?