Tips for Cooking with Blindness or a Visual Impairment


If you are visually impaired, good organization is essential for a manageable, safe kitchen. The items listed here will also help.

Cutting guides will cut up a pie or cake in six equal slices.

Contrasting cutting boards ensure that food shows up easily. Use a dark cutting board for light food and a light one for dark foods.

Use Braille or tactile markings or large print or colors to mark stove or microwave controls, food, seasonings, or anything.

liquid level indicator slips onto a cup or bowl and beeps when liquid reaches approximately one inch from the top. Battery operated.

A talking timer counts down the time to prevent food from burning.

An easy to read big bold timer also keeps track of time.

Large clocks are available to almost two feet in diameter.

A surprisingly large selection of magnifiers are available to help you read recipes and food products.

A lighted pepper mill helps you see how much pepper you're using. 

Mobile devices are equipped with timers to set that will give an auditory alert. 

Measuring cups and spoons with adjusting level guides let cooks measure without having to see the tiny red line. 



"Gas stove (1)" by Steven-L-Johnson from Philadelphia - New gas stove: 5 burners!. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Egg Timer By Hustvedt (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons