Using bump dots to label bottles and jars

The quickest way to identify what is inside a jar or a bottle is to read the label. If that is not an option for you because of vision loss, the next quickest way is to read a Braille label that identifies the contents.  But many visually impaired people do not read braille. There are a… Continue reading Using bump dots to label bottles and jars

Cooking with tea bags

Do you know there are literally thousands of tea bag flavors including herbs and spices? Some, like lavender and mint teas you are probably familiar with but there are so many more! I use flavored teabags to infuse flavor when I am boiling, simmering, and poaching. Some of the lesser-known tea flavors are oregano, thyme, star anise,… Continue reading Cooking with tea bags

Use rubber bands to shop

When shopping in person in a store, having a stash of rubber bands on your wrist can be very helpful.  You can quickly slip a rubber band onto a can or box to help you to differentiate between items that are the same shape and size. For example, if I am buying 3 cans of soup:… Continue reading Use rubber bands to shop

How to sweep your floor

Sweeping a floor is necessary for any kitchen. People with vision loss cannot glance and see if there is any dirt on the floor. We have to assume there is dirt on every portion of the floor and there are no shortcuts, unfortunately. How to sweep I like to use a large dustpan so that I have… Continue reading How to sweep your floor

Let Google Assistant get and read recipes

Handsfree recipe assistance from Google is helpful and easy to use. You can find and read recipes using only your voice with a Google Assistant. For example, just say “Hey Google. Get me a recipe for buttermilk biscuits.”  She will suggest a recipe and the website she found it. She will say something like, “Best Buttermilk… Continue reading Let Google Assistant get and read recipes

Befriend your lazy Susan

An organized kitchen and pantry helps to make cooking a pleasure.  One of my best friends is Lazy Susan! If you don’t know what a Lazy Susan is, it is a round cabinet organizer that rotates on its own rotating platform allowing the cook to access items in the back of the cupboard without reaching over… Continue reading Befriend your lazy Susan

Start with soapy hot water

Working in a clean and uncluttered environment is a must for blind and visually impaired cooks. One of the best tips I can give you is to run a shallow sinkful of hot soapy water before you start to work with the food you will be cooking. This is especially important when you are working with sticky… Continue reading Start with soapy hot water

Hand-on-chair guiding technique

Finding your seat in a dark restaurant can be clumsy and embarrassing as you feel around to find where the back of the chair is, which way the seat is facing, and find the edge of the table. But you can’t hurry this or you may find yourself sitting on the floor!  There is a… Continue reading Hand-on-chair guiding technique

Be My Eyes: human eyes on demand

Be My Eyes is a service where a vision-challenged person can make a call on their Smart Phone and have a sighted volunteer look through the camera on the caller’s phone and answer the caller’s question. Download the free app to your phone or other device and activate the button that says “call a volunteer”. A… Continue reading Be My Eyes: human eyes on demand

iBill talking banknote identifier

Also called the iBill talking money identifier, you can use the iBill to learn what denomination of the US bill you are holding. Do you find it difficult to distinguish between a one and a ten-dollar bill? This currency reader is FREE to any person who has been officially diagnosed as legally blind. It is… Continue reading iBill talking banknote identifier