Macular Degeneration Aids for the Kitchen

Macular degeneration aids for the kitchen can keep you cooking your meals, making your coffee, cleaning up and entertaining friends and family. There are many helpful gadgets and tips that will allow you to keep cooking and entertaining others in your home.

macular degeneration aids for the kitchen

Kitchen Organizing Tips

Start with organizing your kitchen and have an uncluttered and clean space to do your cooking. 

uncluttered kitchen countertop

Put your cooking ingredients in jars and place easy to read labels on them. 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.

baking soda in a clear jar with a label

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Use easy to identify low vision measuring cups and spoons and keep them in the same spot so you can easily find them. 

The contrasting bold and large black numbers on white measuring cups makes it easy to see. 

Use large print or talking cook books for cooking instructions and recipes. What I love about my Amazon Fire tablet is the ability to download recipe books or browse for recipes on line.

macular degeneration aids for the kitchen

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

Set the color combination to black lettering on white background or white lettering on a black background.

 Bold Number or Voice Activated Timers

macular degeneration aids for the kitchen

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

The Amazon Echo Dot 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.

macular degeneration aids for the kitchen

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. 

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

A set of mixed bump dots is a simple low-tech way to get the right settings on your stove, dishwasher or microwave.  

They are raised sticky-back buttons placed on frequently used settings.  Using your sense of touch rather than sight will eliminate a lot of frustration.

macular degeneration aids for the kitchen

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

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

Using Contrast or Color in the Kitchen

See how this black cutting board makes the cauliflower so easy to see and to safely prepare?

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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:

Low Vision Black and White Cutting Board - Small

Prepackaged Teas and Coffees

macular degeneration aids for the kitchen

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

macular degeneration aids for the kitchen
The Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker provides the option to make your coffee stronger and offers size options of 6, 8 and 10 ounces.

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. 

Enjoy a variety of blends and flavored Keurig coffee pods without the mess of spilled coffee grounds. 

Macular Degeneration Aids for the Kitchen Clean Up

Aids for low vision or macular degeneration don't need to be high-tech.

Something as simple as using pre-measured dishwashing packets means no more over-filling of spilling your dishwasher detergent.

person placing dishwasher detergent packet in dishwasher

Fill up a pump dispenser with your favorite dishwashing liquid.  With a couple of pumps your hot water will have just the right amount of soap without over filling or spilling your dishwashing liquid. 

macular degeneration aids for the kitchen

On Line Grocery Shopping

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 even find the right aisle for my grocery product.

on line grocery shopping

I have used several on line grocery shopping services.  One membership that I have kept for several years is Thrive Market.

If you are interested in organic and non-GMO foods as well as supplements they consistently have the lowest prices compared to my local grocery stores or Amazon.  

Amazon Subscribe and Save

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

As an Amazon Prime member I get my products delivered for free with a yearly membership of $139.   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

Enjoy cooking and baking again with these macular degeneration aids for the kitchen.

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