If a stroke has left you with a weak or paralyzed hand, you don’t have to wait until you’ve achieved a full recovery to get back into the kitchen.
There are ways to make it work.
Adaptive Equipment for the One-Handed Chef
Adaptive equipment involves specialized tools that allow you to cook with one hand.
If you have the patience to wait until you’ve gotten your hand back, then adaptive equipment might not be right for you. But if you’d rather not wait, these adaptive kitchen tools can help:
Adaptive cutting boards come with edges that you can prop food against as you prepare your meal. They also come with spikes so that you can keep your produce in place while you slice and dice.
Automatic can openers can make a two-handed task easy for the one-handed chef.
Really sharp knives are also important when you’re cooking because blunt knives require more force, making you prone to error and cut fingers. So be sure to keep your knives really, really sharp.
Ask a friend or family member to sharpen them every month when they swing by the house.
Get Recipe Ideas from One-Handed Experts
We couldn’t find any blogs from stroke survivors dedicated to one-handed recipes, but there are quite a few recipe blogs dedicated to one-handed moms. (Apparently it’s a thing that newborns never want to be put down.)
Try finding some easy one-handed recipes here. They aren’t too elaborate, but they’ll get your creative juices flowing and inspire you to come up with your own creations.
Continue to Work on Your Fine Motor Skills
While working on your one-handed cooking skills, you should also be working on getting back to cooking like you did before.
And you can get there through effective hand therapy.
Hand therapy is something we’re quite passionate about. So while we encourage one-handed cooking in the meantime – don’t get used to it.