It is that time of year when family and friends gather for warm cups of cider or hot chocolate, friendly conversation, laughter and of course lots of delicious things to eat. For those of us who are blind and visually impaired there is no reason that our vision loss should keep us from joining in on the fun and festivities. People with vision loss can cook and prepare dishes for office potlucks, holiday brunches or family dinners. With a little help from some assistive aides and devices found at CVI’s VisAbility Store, you can enjoy holiday cooking too. So get ready to rattle those pots and pans!
Ever had problems removing a hot turkey from the pan to the serving platter? This really useful item can remedy this problem. It is called the Sili Sling and can be used to transfer a whole turkey. You place the sling under your raw turkey prior to cooking. The sling is made from silicone material that will not burn or melt and stays in place while your poultry cooks. It comes in the color red and has holes in the bottom for draining the hot juices from the meat. When your turkey is ready just use the grips on both sides to hoist that golden bird out and place on your platter.
Now, that you’ve got that turkey cooking, how do you know when it is done? Well, just use the talking meat thermometer and no more confusion or half cooked meats. The thermometer has a removable cover and pressing only one simple button will give a verbal temperature reading along with a large visual digital display. The top has a clip to hang for easy storage.
In addition to the talking meat thermometer, use the Voice Zone Talking Timer to avoid burning your turkey or under cooking that squash soufflé. This timer has a clock feature. By pressing the side lever you can switch between modes of count-up, and count-down. The clock counts down the minutes and hours to help your dishes come out perfectly from the oven. Or you can use a low vision tactile timer. It is about the size of a small wall clock with large numbers in a black/white contrast. Just turn the dial to the amount of time you want and the timer will ding when the time is up.
When you get ready to remove your turkey from the oven use the long arm mittens. They are about 17-inches long and go up to the elbow protecting not only your hands, but wrist and arm. They are flame retardant. Great item when removing that hot bubbly macaroni and cheese, cornbread, green bean casserole or my favorite-sweet potato pie!
Now that you got your turkey out of the way, let’s look at some devices that can help with sides and yummy desserts. Measuring for recipes can call for precision and accuracy; and too much or two little of an ingredient can ruin a favorite dish. Need just a pinch of salt? Or what about a quarter teaspoon of pepper? Low Vision Easy Measure Salt and Pepper Shakers are exactly what you need. They come in two colors; white for salt and black for pepper with measurements written at the top of the shaker in opposite contrasting color.
The My Weigh Talking Food Scale is an excellent measuring device. It is battery operated and comes with a plastic round container to sit on top of its flat surface. Just place your item you need to weigh, such as meats, vegetables or fruits and the scale will verbally read the measurements either in grams or ounces. The talking measuring cup is another great device that gives a verbal read out. The measuring cup sits inside a removable base with a flip lid. Just pour your ingredients such as flour or sugar for those favorite chocolate chip cookies or oil for brownies and the measuring cup will verbally indicate the amount by cup, ounces, milliliters, and grams. The measuring cup is dishwasher and microwaveable safe. One last item for measuring is the Metal spice spoons. These spoons are excellent for those dishes that require spices or herbs. They have high sides that help avoid spills and are attached together to keep from misplacing.
For cutting up fruits and vegetables use the low vision cutting board. One side is black while the other is white. This cutting board provides great contrast on the black side when slicing white onions, cauliflower or white potatoes. Use the white site of the cutting board for green peppers, yellow squash, red apples or orange pumpkins and carrots.
Whether you jus want to cook a simple holiday meal or a five course dinner party these low vision and blind kitchen aids will help any meal you prepare be a great success. Now let’s sit down and eat!
For more information on purchasing these kitchen aids and many more visit the CVI’s VisAbility Store in person or online. To make your holiday cooking even better the VisAbility Store is offering special discount promotion codes that are all good through December 31, 2015!
VisAbility is located on the first floor of CVI at 739 West Peachtree Street, NW. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. But for special holiday shopping the store will change its hours this month. December 14-December23rd, the store will open one hour early from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. On Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th, the store will be open from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Additionally, the store will be open one Saturday--December 12th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For two days in December there will be a Holiday Super Sale! In addition to offering extended holiday hours throughout the month of December, the store will be hosting a special savings event on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12. On these two days customers who visit the store in person can enjoy savings of up to 40% on selected items, as well as refreshments and other special offers. Of course, the VisAbility Store is always open 24/7 online at www.visabilitystore.org. For more information call 404-602-4358.