Let’s face it. At a certain age, things become just a wee bit more difficult. The following gifts will make cooking and baking more enjoyable for the chef with a bit of patina around the edges. These are helpful items without screaming “institutional”.
1. OXO’s Angled Measuring Cups
Imagine you are measuring a cup of hot water. You pour the water into a measuring cup and then lift the cup to your eyes to see if it hits the right mark. This gives inaccurate readings due to the cup not being level. So then you put it onto the counter and bend down to see the marks.
OXO removes the bending and guesswork of measuring with these ingenious cups. There’s a angled ledge within the cups. To measure, you simply pour in your liquid and look straight down into the cup. It’s accurate and very easy to use.
2. Rabbit Wine Opener
The Rabbit wine opener takes the effort out of uncorking a bottle of wine. It’s simple to use and makes anyone as graceful as a sommelier. This candy apple red version also looks great in the bar.
3. Vibrating Kitchen Timer
The kitchen can be a noisy environment, especially when there are multiple dishes on the stove at the same time. This easy to use timer lets you know it’s time to take the cake out of the oven with a vibration as well as an auditory alarm. It features large buttons and one-handed operation. You can also set it to remind you about the roast in the oven, the beans on the stove, and the pie-crust in the freezer.
This kitchen timer by General Tools also provides a flashing light alarm.
4. Remote Grill Thermometer
Avoid repetitive trips to the patio to check the barbq with this remote temperature probe. Simple insert the probe into the meat on your grill and carry the remote with you.
Choose from eight entree programs including beef, lamb, veal, hamburger, pork, turkey, chicken, and fish, along with four doneness selections, which include rare, medium rare, medium, and well done. Two verbal and three audio alert options indicate the status of food–almost ready, ready, and overcooked. After reaching the selected temperature, an audio alarm will sound.
5. Black and Decker Jar Opener
Opening jars can literally be a pain for those with arthritis and stiff joints. This bottle opener by Black and Decker looks good on the counter and makes opening most jars a piece of cake.
6. Salt and Pepper Grinders
OXO is known for extremely well designed items that are easy to use. These grinders are no exception. This review says it best.
My sister turned me onto OXO kitchenware a few years back. She has issues gripping utensils. I liked them for their construction, how well they work and easy clean up. I saw these mills and loved the look and the quality materials they are made of. They are solidly constructed yet still light enough not to cause issues for those that OXO items were designed.
Both mills have adjustments on the collar above the see-through storage portion. There are little “ears” that allow selection of one of five various settings for “fine” through coarse granules to exit the mill.
I wouldn’t call any of the dispensed salt or pepper “fine” but that’s perfectly okay for me and my family. Please consider other options if you like “pepper dust” as these puppies just won’t grind that fine.
As others have noted, the mills set “upright” with the ceramic teeth facing the sky. It seems a little point, but how often have you lifted your old pepper mill to find flecks on the counter or table top? Filling and actual turning of the base portion to dispense either the pepper or salt is effortless.
Bruce Porter – Amazon.com
7. Collapsible Step Stool
Every kitchen should have a step stool. I’m over 6 feet tall and I use this stool all the time to reach the deepest sections of the upper cabinets. It’s sturdy and very easy to fold up for storage. Just push the red button and lift up on the handle and it collapses for storage next to the fridge. It has non-slip feet and can hold a big bubba like me.
8. GelPro Floor Mat for the Kitchen
It’s not easy to stand in the kitchen for long periods of time. Especially when making a big batch of strawberry preserves and you have to stir the pot for 30+ minutes. This thick, cushioned floor mat takes the stress off your angles and makes extended kitchen chores much nicer. You can get it in various colors and sizes.
9. KittyKaddy Pet Feeder
Pets make a home. The KittyKaddy makes it easier to give cats fresh water and food. There’s a long handle that prevents bending over to reach the bowls. The K9Kaddy is for dogs and there’s even a cat litter box with a tall handle.
10. Audible Alarm To Know When to Say When
Avoid burns from overfilling coffee and team mugs with this audible alarm. It sits on the side of your mug, glass, or pot and lets you know when you’ve poured in enough liquid. It’s easy to use and great for those with vision problems.