Cooktops and ranges are frequently associated with kitchen mishaps among the elderly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year fire departments respond to 166,100 home structure fires that involve cooking equipment. As a result of the kitchen fires, 480 people die and 5,540 are injured annually. Some common hazardous mistakes seniors make include leaving food on the stove to cook unattended and/or track of cooking times, forgetting to turn burners off after removing pans from the stove, attempting to clean hot cooktop surfaces, allowing too much grease to accumulate on surfaces. There are some safer cooking appliance alternatives you can encourage your loved one to use instead of the cooktop or range.
The microwave is a great kitchen appliance for seniors because it shuts itself when the cooking time is complete. It's a safe way to cook hot meals or to warm up leftovers. Look for one with an easy-to-use control panel, ideally with preprogrammed buttons for specific foods, such as potatoes or popcorn. Since food can get extremely hot directly out of a microwave, make sure there's enough counter space available for seniors to put down the dish immediately after removing it.
A crockpot or slow-cooker is an ideal kitchen appliance for seniors. They're safe and simple. Just throw in the ingredients, turn on the crockpot to either high or low and in a few hours the meal is done. Seniors can create delicious and nutritious meals without the hassle and worry. To make it even easier for your loved one, prep and store meals ahead in the fridge or freezer so all she has to do if place it in the crockpot and wait. You can even pre-cook chicken or other meat if you are concerned about undercooking. There are numerous make-ahead recipes that freeze well and suit special dietary needs.
Portable Induction Cooker
Not only can stoves lead to dangerous fires, but they're also a burn hazard. An induction cooker is not dependent on flames or hot coils to heat surfaces like a traditional stove or range. Instead, induction cookers use magnetic fields to heats pots and pans directly. The surface never gets hot enough to burn your loved one or ignite paper, material or grease. When the cookware is removed from the induction surface, the burner automatically turns off since it relies on the magnetic field to heat. Some other benefits include a faster cooking time and more precise temperature settings.
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