Cooking Low Vision Aids

Cooking low vision aids can keep you in the kitchen and entertaining friends and family. There are many helpful gadgets that will allow you to keep cooking and entertain others in your home.

Large Print Cookbooks

What I love about my Kindle HD Fire is the ability to download recipe books or browse for recipes on line.

The colored images are spectacular and the ability to enlarge the font or adjust the brightness and contrast makes it easy to follow any recipe.

All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, 8" HD Display, 16 GB

You will need a stand so you can easily adjust the font and settings and read the recipes.

Multi-Angle Stand for Kindle Fire and Other Tablets

√ Liquid Level Indicator

This battery operated gadget will make a noise (or if you want there is one that sings) when the liquid is reaching the top of the cup.

Another tip is to remember the importance of contrast - so if you are pouring coffee put it in a white mug or if you are pouring milk pour it into a black mug.

This easy to use gadget costs around $12 and may save you from lots of spills.

Liquid Level Indicator

√ Bold Print Measuring Cups

The bold and large numbers on these measuring cups makes it easy to see. Contrasting the large white numbers on a blue background helps to make the numbers stand out.

This is a set of 4 cups - including these sizes - 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, and 1 cup.

Measuring Cups with Large Print

You can also purchase a set of measuring cups with each cup being a different color so you can identify the size of the cup by its color. There is also a bold print 2 cup measuring cup that is available.

Big Number Measuring Spoons

Measuring spoons for low vision can be purchased either with big numbers on the spoon or color coded with each spoon being a different color for easy identification.

Big Number Measuring Spoons

 Bold Number Timers

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Large white numbers on a contrasting black background makes it easy to set a timer to bake or cook your favorite foods.

Tactile Low Vision Timer-White Dial, Black Numbers

Voice Activated Timer and More

The Amazon Echo is now my go-to timer.  It is voice activated so all you have to say is, "Alexa, set the timer for 30".  She will repeat the instructions back to you, "30 minutes starting now" so you can verify if she got it right. In 30" you will hear a pleasant repetitive sound until you turn it off. 

You simply say, "Alexa, Stop" to turn off the timer.  You can ask Alexa cooking questions like "How many teaspoons are in a tablespoon?" or "How many cups are in a quart?"

If you just used your last egg, you can say, "Alexa, add eggs to my shopping list. 

You do need WiFi for the Echo to work. 

Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - Black

 Raised Tactile Bumps for the Stove, Oven, Microwave or Dishwasher

A simple raised sticky back button placed on frequently used settings will eliminate a lot of frustration by using your sense of touch rather than sight.

Place one on the dishwasher start button, the microwave 1 minute setting, medium setting on your stove and bake or/and start button of your oven.

Mixed Bump Dots, Mixed Sizes and Colors - 80 Count

Large number cooking thermometer

Simply insert the probe into your meat or poultry, and you can see the temperature thanks to large numbers with bold black printing on a stark white background.

Large Number Cooking Thermometer

Large Letter Labels for Spice Jars

Purchase white stick on labels and write with a bold black pen the name of  what's in your canisters - sugar, flour, oatmeal, etc.  Label your spice jars as well.

 Cutting Board Using Contrast

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See how this black cutting board makes the cauliflower so easy to see and to safely prepare? The other side of the cutting board is white - so use that side to cut up dark vegetables like broccoli or green peppers. You can get this cutting board at Amazon here:

Durable Non-Slip & Non-Toxic Double Sided Design Cutting Board for Vision Impaired (White/Black Large Color Contrast with Food)

Prepackaged Teas and Coffees

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No more need to measure coffee grounds or hot cocoa powder when you can use pre-packaged cups for your coffee, tea or hot chocolate.   

Measure water once when you fill up your single serve coffee maker and when you make you favorite hot beverage just the right amount of hot liquid is poured right into your mug. 

Coffee Variety Sampler Pack for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 40 Count

Cleaning Up the Dishes

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Aids for low vision or macular degeneration don't need to be high-tech.  Something as simple as using pre-packaged, pre-measured dishwashing packets means no more over-filling or spilling your dishwasher detergent.

Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Detergent Packs

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And for those who want a "cleaner" option, Seventh generation offers dishwasher detergent packs minus the fragrance, dyes and chlorine bleach. 

Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Packs, Free & Clear, 90 count

On Line Grocery Shopping

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On line grocery shopping can reduce the frustration of selecting from the myriad of choices in a large grocery store. Even as a sighted person with perfectly good vision, it's often hard to find even the right aisle for my grocery product. I have used several on line grocery shopping services.  One that I keep coming back to is Thrive Market. If you are interested in organic and non-GMO foods they consistently have the lowest prices compared to my local grocery stores or Amazon.  

Thrive Market

Amazon Subscribe and Save

For convenience and for cost savings, consider buying your cooking ingredients on-line. 

I buy many of my groceries now from Amazon, because as an Amazon Prime member I get my products delivered for free with a yearly membership of $99.   It saves me lots of trips to the grocery store. 

This benefit includes unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items with no minimum order size. I buy my goji berries, baking goods, oatmeal, nuts, coconut oil, and olive oil to name a few. 

To save even more money try the Subscribe and Save option - you don't have to select delivery every month - it can be every 3-4 months - but the savings can be up to 15%. 

Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

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