If you are blind or partially sighted, cooking can seem rather daunting. However, by adapting how you work in the kitchen and using special equipment you can still enjoy preparing food.
Colour and contrast can help make things easier to see when you are preparing food. Below are some examples of how different contrasts can help in the kitchen:
Make sure that your kitchen lighting helps you make the most of any sight you have. You should consider:
Find out more about adjusting lighting to suit your needs on our lighting page.
There is a lot of special equipment you can use to make cooking easier.
Talking equipment can be a great help. A liquid level indicator can tell you when a cup, bowl or jug is near full. If you have recorded labels, a PenFriend can help you find ingredients or equipment easily. You can also get talking measuring jugs and scales so you can accurately measure out ingredients. A talking microwave or grill allows you to set cooking times easily and heat quick and easy meals.
If you have trouble reading food packaging, you will find it a lot easier to cook in your kitchen if everything is properly labelled. Again, a PenFriend is a great way to quickly identify ingredients and jars. You can also get talking tin lids or use contrasting stickers or braille labels. If everything has its place and is always put back there afterwards, this will save a lot of frustration when you are trying to find things. Try and have a clear system of where you keep things, and make sure that everyone who uses your kitchen knows to put things back where they find them.
We hope these tips have given you a few ideas on how you can use your kitchen with confidence. You can also find more cooking advice for blind and partially sighted people in our cooking tips factsheet:
You can also watch one of our videos featuring people with sight loss talk about the adaptations and equipment they have at home which helps make things easier.
The RNIB shop sells useful kitchen gadgets which can help you make the most of this information.
As with most activities in the home, magnification can also be helpful in the kitchen.
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