[blindkid] The Blind Teaching the Blind; Kitchen Advice Wanted

Marianne Denning marianne at denningweb.com
Thu Feb 16 21:29:40 UTC 2017

I could go on aboout this for a long time but here are a couple of
suggestions. Have them work around the oven without it being turned on.
They can explore all they want with it off. Then, turn it on and have them
open the door and close the door. Then Have them put something in the oven
without it being on and then have them put it in when the oven is hot.
Also, you can purchase oven mitts that go to the elbow or the oven mitts
that feel like rubber, I think one type is the Ove Glove. You might
consider purchasing a pasta pot for cooking things in that need to be
drained. Those are a few suggestions.

On Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 2:54 PM, Linda A.Coccovizzo via blindkid <
blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> My mom always used to tell me that she was afraid to try and teach me how
> to do major cooking because she couldn't see what I was doing, and I
> couldn't see what she was doing. It made for a dangerous combination. I
> have a complete respect for that thought process now that I am a blind mom
> trying to give
> my blind kids the tools they need to be independent in all aspects,
> including being not only safe ,but comfortable in the kitchen. I learned
> through some experience as a kid at home, a crash course or two in daily
> living skills, and just plain winging it. I have rarely used adaptive
> equipment in the kitchen. I'm starting to realize that I simply cannot
> teach Sarah and Terra the way I learned, nor can I really teach them a lot
> of the techniques I use now. There are things available out there that
> might benefit them. So, I'm curious what some of you have used? If you are
> losing your sight, or have not always been blind, or maybe you have, and
> there are just some things you have found that helped you deal with, or get
> over things like the fear of the heat of the stove or oven. Maybe you have
> ideas to teach the girls to get things like pasta safely from the stove to
> the sink to drain it. Possibly you're a teacher, and know all the good
> stuff. Share all your cooking secrets with us. (smile)
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Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
(513) 607-6053

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