Useful kitchen equipment

Alex and I always loved cooking and our kitchen was full of gadgets and utensils. However, when he developed dysphagia, I found the ones listed below most useful.

  • Liquidiser. This was great for liquidising soups, smoothies, fruit cocktails etc as most goblets will take at least a pint (560ml) Liquidiser
  • Kenwood Mini Chopper. I originally bought this for making pesto as it has a small capacity 350ml bowl. However, it proved invaluable for puréeing Alex’s meals – just the right size, easy to clean and store. It cost about £18 and I would highly recommend you invest in one if you do not already have one. Kenwood Mini Chopper
  • Mini casserole dishes with lids / small plastic containers for refrigeration. Once puréed, a selection of these 250ml casserole dishes were most useful for storing and reheating Alex’s meals. Also, he did not mind eating out of them, so his food stayed warmer. Mini casserole dishes with lids
  • Slow cooker. I would say an almost essential piece of equipment as any meat becomes very moist and tender when slow-cooked. I used it too for soups as, due to the very low simmer, no scum formed on the soup when using ingredients such as pearl barley. Slow cooker
  • Hand blender. Again, a useful gadget for blending soups and sauces directly in saucepans – just take care with hot liquids and splashing the walls! Hand blender
  • Potato ricer. It looks like a giant garlic press. Do not buy one of these especially for your dysphagic patient. However, if you already have one, you know that it makes incredibly smooth mashed potato – far better than a conventional masher. Potato ricer
  • Teaspoons and wide-diameter drinking straws. As discussed in "mouthful size" above, I found I could never have too many teaspoons or straws! Teaspoons and wide-diameter drinking straws

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