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How the blind/visually impaired cook

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I have been asked about this several times. I'm taking this cooking class because i was interested on how other blind people cook. One of the helpers was blind.

Our hands are washed a LOT. Because we rely on our other senses. Touch and smell and listen.
The ingredients like Flour and baking powder were all in extra large Ziplock bags. We scoop the cup or spoon in and scrap off with the end of the spoon to level.
We don't use the pyrex glass measuring cup we prefer the dry ingredient measuring cup for everything because 1 size is better than using 2 different sizes which are not really equal.

We do a lot of scraping on the sides of the bowl.

I learned new things. Onion cutting always makes my eyes tear up because of the gasses inside. I learned that if you refrigerate an onnion for 15/20 minutes before hand this will not happen.

I learned a better and safer way to choop onions and bell peppers, etc so i won't end up in ER with missing fingertips.
Pounding a bulb of garlic with the flat of a butcher knife makes it easier to peel and faster.
I can tell how rapid the water is boiling with my fingertips on the stove top metal by how the stove is shaking.
I rely on my sense of smell to determine if the food is done or not and a clean spoon to sample things for tenderness.
I have rubber fairly large braille dots that are self sticking on my oven dial at 325, 230 & 400. Rubber dot is on microwave on the 5 & start button also on my washer and dryer.. On the burner dials i can use it with out the dots I determin the settings using the dial as a clock for instance low is at 6 o'clock, simmer is at 9 o'clock and high heat is 3 o'clock.

In my home We use all plastic dishes because I am the clumbsiest. I break dishes a lot. We do use fine china on special occasions.

Leone loves laying on the carpet just in front of the kitchen blocking my way if i were to leave the kitchen. she likes to watch me cook and watches to see if i drop something on the floor she's the first to pick it up.


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CELEST 7/14/2013 10:41AM

    This is amazing. I have a friend who lives in CT and she is classified blind too. There is virtually nothing she cant do, it often amazes me. She raised her son alone, and catches buses, cooks, sews...I still don't fully understand how she/you do it.

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ASPENHUGGER 7/13/2013 10:27AM

    Thanks DebbieAnne -- I learned a few things! I didn't know about chilling onions -- I just always put a slice of bread in my mouth to keep from crying while peeling.

My aunt had macular degeneration to the point of being functionally blind. She went to a cooking class for the blind given by the Salvation Army in Santa Cruz. The class never ended, they just met every Tuesday and it became a social club as well as a cooking lesson. She loved it!

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KARENLEIGH32 7/12/2013 8:23PM

    Good for you, you sound as if you are learning a lot!

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NOMIS1 7/12/2013 8:28AM

    Wonderful !! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 7/11/2013 10:17PM

    You are an inspiration

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BETRME100 7/11/2013 7:20PM

    It sounds like you're learning a lot in this class! I'm so happy for you!

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LINDA! 7/11/2013 7:11PM

    It is very good that you are taking the cooking class. I would like to see Leone...I hope you drop a scrap on occasion. lol

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PICKIE98 7/11/2013 6:20PM

    I do not know if any of you saw this show, but about a year or two ago, I watched an Asian blind woman on a chef contest. She made a whole meal before the judges. Her hubby got her to the show and guided her to the kitchen area. but she did everything herself.. It is on you tube, I think.. She is totally blind. It is very impressive.

I am glad you re taking that class Debbieanne. Every little tip helps. Connecting with others in the same boat is nice too.
What did you make?

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L*I*T*A* 7/11/2013 2:23PM

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CHUBRUB3 7/11/2013 1:21PM

    This is fantastic Debbie!

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WILLOW49 7/11/2013 1:08PM

    Very interesting!

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MEADSBAY 7/11/2013 12:49PM

    Very interesting-
I never knew that onion trick! emoticon

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1EMMA2011 7/11/2013 12:43PM

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    Oh, Debbie, Debbie, Debbie, this blog is your confession that you were never much on cooking anyway. Some of the tips you got in class are things that almost everyone has known forever, for example, putting the onion in the refrigerator before cutting it or using the flat of a knife before peeling garlic (it works with individual cloves as well as the whole bulb).. Most interesting, though, is the way you can tell how rapidly water is boiling.

What's for dinner? What time should I get there?


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TWEETYKC00 7/11/2013 12:12PM

    I'd love to cook with you Debbie!

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