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 former 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

  • Blinded Veterans Podcast, Feb. 2024
    The Blinded Veterans Association invited Chef Debra as a guest on their February podcast. The privilege of participating in the Blinded Veterans Association’s “Vet Tech” podcast was such and honor for me. Veterans hold a special place in many hearts – mine included. Many members of my family have served: my husband, my son, my father, uncles,… Continue reading Blinded Veterans Podcast, Feb. 2024
  • How to Center a Pot on a Stove Burner
    The question I am asked most often is, “How can a person with vision loss safely cook on a glass or ceramic stove top?” The answer is that people with vision loss cook safely and confidently on all types of gas or electric stovetops every day. But I agree, the smooth tactile-free surface of the glass… Continue reading How to Center a Pot on a Stove Burner
  • Cutting Safety: The Claw (method 3 of 3)
    The Claw Method is helpful when you are cutting large pieces of food into smaller pieces or cylindrical food such as carrots, celery or parsnips into slices. Part of its attractiveness is that you can examine where you intend to make the cut before you cut it (as described in Step 7).  The Claw Method is… Continue reading Cutting Safety: The Claw (method 3 of 3)
  • Cutting Safety: The Bridge (method 2 of 3)
    Use the Bridge Method of cutting to cut large round foods in half safely. While there is no one best method to cut foods as they vary in size, density, and shape, this post is focused on the “Bridge” method which is helpful for several situations. Most importantly for the safety of cooks with and without… Continue reading Cutting Safety: The Bridge (method 2 of 3)
  • Dining in the dark
    As a thank you to her team, Chef Debra took her filmmaker, stylist, social media person, website developer, their partners and some friends to a dining in the dark experience at Black Forest Dark Dining in the Wyld Pines Public House. Thank you KGW8 for joining The Blind Kitchen on the very unique experience of… Continue reading Dining in the dark
  • We’ve Gone International!!
    Studio 1 — Vision Australia Radio’s weekly look at life from a low vision and blind point of view featured Chef Debra of The Blind Kitchen for their Kitchen Show episode. Listen as hosts Lizzie Eastham and Sam Rickard interview Chef Debra and learn more about how to cook safely when you are blind or vision impaired.… Continue reading We’ve Gone International!!

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!