Gentle readers, this post is dedicated to my fellow left-handed cooks. The Practical Cook is a proud southpaw, but much like Ned Flanders, has found this to be a challenge in the kitchen from time to time. Today’s Kitchen Tool Talk focuses on openers of all stripes, which help overcome challenges being left-handed sometimes present.
I will try to refrain from standing on my leftie soapbox, bemoaning the root of words like “leftovers” or “left out.” The advantage for the left-hander in the kitchen, we tend to be more ambidextrous (often more by force than choice). And we are in our right minds. Am I resentful at having been made to use those green-rubber coated blunted scissors in grade school? Nooooo.
If you are right-dominant, don’t worry, there’s something here for you, too. These tools are great for anyone who needs a bit more hand strength in the kitchen, and they are easily used by anyone of any hand persuasion.
Three More of My Favorite Things: The Openers
1. OXO Good Grips Can Opener
Accept no imitation. If you’re left-handed, and don’t want to buy an electric can opener, this is the one for you.
2. OXO Good Grips Jar Opener
Nothing is worse than not being able to get into a jar when you’re in the middle of a cooking frenzy. Torque is your friend, put physics to work for you. Buy one of these.
3. Wine Opener (aka Corkscrew)
This may not be about being left-handed, but about being averse to cork bits and delay of game in wine-opening. I don’t claim to be a skilled waiter, so I stand by this corkscrew.
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