My hands get super swollen when I chop vegetables. It gets so bad that, for a while, I was actually starting to think that I'd need to give up making some of my favorite recipes (turkey chili, Bolognese sauce, soups, and spiced lamb to name a few).
|My hand after chopping too many vegetables. You can see the swelling beneath my thumb.|
Instead, I decided to look for some shortcuts and started buying mirepoix--chopped carrots, celery, and onions--at the grocery store (Trader Joe's always has it, and Stop and Shop usually does). Instead of irritating my already irritated joints, I just open a container, and I'm ready to go.
It probably costs a bit more than buying the vegetables whole (though in my case--with only two people in my household and a constant race against time when it comes to using up fresh veggies--maybe not), but it's worth it to keep my independence.
Plus, this type of trick has even Chef Jacques Pepin's seal of approval: "Nowadays the supermarket is your sous-chef. You find sliced mushrooms and washed lettuces, fresh herbs. Everyone can be a home chef." If it's good enough for him, it's certainly good enough for me!
|Julia Child and Jacques Pepin|
What shortcuts do you take to make cooking easier, faster, and less painful?