Clear, practical advice on daily living equipment
Cooking with a saucepan can be difficult for a number of reasons. You may find the task tiring, the saucepan heavy, the handle painful to grip or experience difficulty remembering to turn the hob off (Shiffman, 1992), (Government of South Australia, 2008). A variety of saucepans and saucepan accessories may help reduce these difficulties as can changing your technique when using the saucepan.
Using a cooking basket can help reduce the effort required to drain a saucepan as it splits the combined weight of the saucepan, water and food. You fill the saucepan with water, put your food into the wire basket and then place the basket and food into the saucepan. When the food is cooked the basket can be lifted out with the food and once cold, the water can be drained. Thus you do not need to lift the combined weight of the saucepan, water and food at the same time.
These fix to the cooker or hob, stabilising the pan. This allows you to stir the food in the saucepan with one hand. Some models are folding. The cooker top surface needs to be grease free to allow the suction feet to stay in place (McHugh Pendleton and Schultz-Krohn, 2006), (Able Data, 2007).
The combination of a heavy saucepan and boiling water can be dangerous (Consumer and Competition Policy Directorate, Department of Trade and Industry, 2002). If you are experiencing difficulty using a saucepan and the above products and ideas do not seem sufficient you may wish to consider contacting your local social services and asking about the possibility of an occupational therapy assessment. www.gov.uk
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