How to cook with one hand tied behind your back

Sooner or later you will find yourself with out full usability of both hands.  It could be a broken arm, sprained wrist, arthritis, or even a bad cut. For some, this is a more permanent situation. Having the use of only one hand shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the kitchen. The following gadgets make it easy to open bottles, chop veggies, and be the hostest with the mostest… just minus one appendage.

Can and Bottle Openers

One of the first things you’ll complain about is the difficulty of opening a bottle or can with only one hand. A seemingly easy task becomes a chore when you can’t hold and twist with one hand. These gadgets will make it much easier.

The Black and Decker bottle opener is also great for people with limited mobility in both hands, arthritis, or the person that opens a lot of bottles every day. It has simplified the opening of jars to a no-strain, one-hand operation. Electrically powered, the Lids Off cradles a jar on its lower turntable then grips its lid when you lower the upper housing. Push the large power button, and—voila!—the lid is twisted free. Designed for use on metal or plastic lids, the opener makes a handy tool for anyone and can be especially helpful for those with weak hands or arthritis.

Black & Decker JW200 Lids Off Jar Opener

This bottle opener is installed under a cabinet and holds the lid as you twist. It easily opens kitchen jars, nail polish and child-proofing on medicine bottles. This opener even comes with double sided adhesive to install without tools.

EZ Off Jar Opener

This opener sits in a drawer, so you don’t have to hold heavy jars in the air.
SoloGrip One-Handed Jar Opener

This automated wine opener will uncork your vino with just one finger.
Oster FPSTBW8207-S Electric Wine Bottle Opener, Silver

You can also open your beer bottles with just one hand.
Kebo One-Handed Bottle Opener

This can opener uses a scissoring motion to open cans with a single hand.

Chef'n EzSqueeze One-Handed Can Opener

Chopping, Slicing, and Dicing

There are many one handed options for using a chopping board. These also work great for people with physical disabilities that make it difficult to hold food while cutting with a knife.

The Swedish Cutting Board is ideal for people who have had a stroke or have neurological impairments that limit them to the use of one hand. Stainless steel spikes hold food for cutting or slicing. It also features a vise to hold larger food items, jars or mixing bowls.

Swedish Cutting Board

As you would expect, OXO has created a unique solution for chopping vegetables. This bowl and pizza-cutter like knife allow you to quickly chop lettuce and vegetables for a salad.

OXO Good Grips Salad Chopper and Bowl

More helpful tools for the one-handed foodie

Decorate cookies and cakes with this one-handed decorator by Dr. Oetker. You can switch out the tips for all types of designs.

Dr. Oetker 1800 One-Hand Cake Decorator

Hot pad holders don’t offer enough flexibility and protection when lifting large and heavy dishes from the oven. Use this Ove’ Glove instead.

Ove' Glove Hot Surface Handler, 1 Glove

This paper towel holder from OXO allows you to tear off individual paper towels without watching the roll spin endlessly, sending half a roll onto the floor.
OXO Good Grips SimplyTear Standing Paper Towel Holder, Brushed Stainless Steel

This one-handed lemon/lime squeezer will make it easy to make a key lime pie during summer.
Amco 8-Inch Two-in-One Lemon Juicer/Squeezer

While you can find cheaper pepper mills that work with one hand, you won’t find a more elegant solution than the Peugeot electric pepper mill. You can easily adjust the coarseness of the mill and a touch of the finger is all that’s needed to season your dish.

Peugeot PM20613 Elis U'Select Electric 8 Inch Pepper Mill, Stainless Steel

Professional One-Armed Chef

Adrian Carter is a chef with one arm. He talked about cooking one-handed for the BBC Ouch pod cast:

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