Everyone has a place at the table in The Blind Kitchen!

Welcome to The Blind Kitchen where adaptive tools, helpful strategies, and specialized knowledge are provided to blind and vision-impaired people who want to cook safely, confidently, and independently.

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What The Blind Kitchen does

The Blind Kitchen ships practical adaptive cooking tools to blind and visually impaired cooks to assist with a safe, confident, and independent cooking experience in their own kitchens. We also provide blind-friendly tips and strategies for the many aspects related to cooking that do not involve a specific tool or kitchen equipment.

Executive chef and founder

Many believe it is dangerous for people who have vision loss to cook because it involves working with sharp objects and sources of heat.  This is not true!  I, along with thousands of others, am proof that people with vision loss can cook safely, confidently, and independently with the right tools and information.

Chef Debra with pie earrings and a snowflake pin
Chef Debra Erickson

I am Debra Erickson, executive chef and founder of The Blind Kitchen. I am also blind and want to welcome you into The Blind Kitchen community where vision loss does not have to end your love of cooking. You just need to learn the adaptive tools and techniques to work around your vision loss. I am a culinary school graduate and a cooking instructor for blind and visually impaired adults and I am excited to share what I have learned on my culinary journey!

Learn in The Blind Kitchen Library

The Blind Kitchen also serves as a repository of information from many sources on many aspects related to cooking with vision loss that are not associated with a specific piece of equipment or tool. These helpful tips include ways to safely manage hot cooking methods and safely use sharp tools. Cooking does not always start or end in the kitchen, and vision loss should not be a reason why we cannot perform other activities related to meal preparation.

Videos related to how blind and visually impaired people can organize their kitchen and pantry, identify food items in closed containers, label items in their kitchen and pantry, shop, access and read recipes, dine out and entertain guests with confidence and grace can be found in The Blind Kitchen Library where every video is audio described.

New content is added to The Blind Kitchen website frequently.

Using an ice cube tray Debra Erickson demonstrates how to save and freeze flavoring in pre-measured portions.
Debra Erickson demonstrates how to freeze and save flavoring in pre-measured portions.

The latest in the Library

  • 10 best gifts for a blind person
    Perfect gifts can vary, but these are the 10 best gifts for a blind or vision-impaired person who has an interest in cooking or wants to prepare their own food. There are many adaptive culinary tools that do not require specialized equipment or training that your giftee can learn to use in minutes. The costs… Continue reading 10 best gifts for a blind person
  • Creative portioning for attractive presentations
    Cooks who are vision impaired cannot just glance at the food we are dishing up for our guests to ensure attractive and consistent plating. If we know in advance that all of our guests will get the same size and amount on their plates, it raises our confidence that they are getting the perfect portions!  Portion food… Continue reading Creative portioning for attractive presentations
  • The Perfect Dollop
    It’s the holiday season and we have pies on our minds but do not want whipped cream on our fingers. The Blind Kitchen has the answer! The Whipped Cream Problem Vision-impaired cooks cannot see the pie and don’t want to touch the whipped cream with their fingers making it difficult to put an attractive dollop… Continue reading The Perfect Dollop
  • What’s Cooking Discussion Group
    There is more than one way to access and read recipes with vision loss. In fact, there are more ways than I can actually count! Recently I listened to a Zoom podcast about recipes and cooking sponsored by Hadley, an organization whose mission is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower adults with vision loss… Continue reading What’s Cooking Discussion Group
  • White Canes Connect Podcast
    Exploring The Blind Kitchen: Chef Debra Erickson’s Culinary Vision White Canes Connect podcast hosts, David Goldstein and Lisa Bryant, really made me feel at ease, and there was a lot of humor going back and forth. What great chemistry they generated to make me feel so very comfortable in our conversation. Chef Debra In this episode… Continue reading White Canes Connect Podcast
  • How to cook ground meat perfectly every time!
    Cooking ground meats to be sure they are fully cooked and not overcooked can be tricky for a blind or visually impaired person. Here are a few steps to make sure ground meat is cooked perfectly every time. Some common recipes that call for ground meet to be browned are tacos, chilis, and sausage gravy.… Continue reading How to cook ground meat perfectly every time!

Watch or listen to the video below to learn more about our library.

The Blind Kitchen’s essentials collections

How do the kitchen essentials collections work?

The Blind Kitchen’s first four collections are what we call “kitchen essentials.” They include:

  • Kitchen Basics Collection
  • Cutting and Chopping Collection
  • Stovetop Collection
  • Oven Collection

These four themed collections of blind-friendly tools and equipment are available at a $50 discount when ordered all at the same time. All items are labeled in large print and braille. Everyone has access to The Blind Kitchen Library, which contains short audio-described video tutorials to teach what each tool does, why it is adaptive for cooks with vision loss, instructions and demonstrations as to how to use each tool, and tips for storing and caring for them. All items are practical and do not require any specialized training or equipment to use.

Each of these collections contains 15 to 20 tools specially curated for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Watch The Collections Overview video for more details on each of the collections.

Box 1: Kitchen Basics Collection

Measuring, portioning, setting up a safe and efficient work area, labeling, etc.

Box 2: Cutting and Chopping Collection

Items and techniques for safe use of sharp kitchen items

Box 3: Stovetop Collection

Items to cook safely on the stovetop and in the oven

Box 4: Oven Collection

Items related to specific cooking methods that involve heat

Purchase all four at once and save!

Get what you need to cook safely and independently in your own kitchen. Almost every tool included in a collection is also available individually and most include learning videos.

Watch or listen to the video below to learn more about our collections.

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Thank you

Thank you for your interest in The Blind Kitchen. For many of us, preparing delicious, meaningful, and nutritious meals for friends and family is a type of “love language.” Vision loss should not be a barrier to cooking, regardless of your position on the blindness spectrum. Everyone has a place at the table in The Blind Kitchen!

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