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Left handed cookware.

(21 Posts)
Katek Wed 11-Jan-17 10:03:35

Are there any left handed pots/pans out there? Just the smaller ones with a lip for pouring? Dil has to pour backwards or awkwardly with right hand. She's got a selection of smaller utensils, scissors, potato peelers etc but wondered if there were pots which could help

Alima Wed 11-Jan-17 10:15:48

Now you mention it I really don't know. As a left handed person I have always just battled with the righ handed person's equipment. Except for my left handed kitchen scissors which no one else in the house can use so they stay nice and sharp. As a matter of interest has she mentioned the fact pouring is awkward or have you noticed it looks so? Always thought it is just one of our crosses to bear!

Katek Wed 11-Jan-17 10:30:20

It looks awkward alima, I'm always afraid she'll burn herself. She's never actually said anything so perhaps it's a cross she just copes with! If there aren't left handed milk pans then there ought to opportunity there for someone.

MiniMouse Wed 11-Jan-17 10:49:39

Some pans used to have a pouring lip on both sides, but I'm not sure if they're still available. I think most of us just cope with being left handed in a right handed world! I also think that it sometimes looks more awkward to a right hander than it actually is!

JackyB Wed 11-Jan-17 11:47:06

I remember that they had the pouring lip on both sides, too.

My milk saucepan is like a jug. This sort of thing. Would do for left or right-handers.

Greyduster Wed 11-Jan-17 11:57:11

Sainsburys did a range of good quality pans with pouring lips on either side. I have two - a milk pan and a large two litre pan that I bought two years ago. They had sizes in between. I have just tried to look on their website to see if they still do them but it I still absolutely useless.

JackyB Wed 11-Jan-17 12:02:53

My SIL is left handed and I bought her a left-handed oven glove recently as a present, in a normal household goods shop, but on asking, they didn't have anything else specifically for left-handers.

I have a potato peeler which you would think can be used equally by both, but to watch my DIL peeling with it makes me wonder how she manages!

This kind:

I find all the others with the narrow handles make you cramp your hand round them - with this one it's just a flick of the wrist. I've got my mother using them, too.

JackyB Wed 11-Jan-17 12:03:26

Eh? I'm sure I wrote DIL - she's the left handed one!

yggdrasil Wed 11-Jan-17 12:23:14

I'm left handed. I don't have a problem with pouring from saucepans as mine have lids with pouring holes in them, so I can put the lids on either way round. Lakeland advertise having saucepans with double lips, though.
As to potato peelers, I have never used them, always use a small knife. Once it was the one I inherited from my granny, but I lost that some years ago so just replaced it. My right-handed mother had a potato peeler but she too preferred a knife.

SueDonim Wed 11-Jan-17 13:03:34

None of my pans has a pouring lip but both I (R-handed) and my two left-handed daughters seem to be able to pour from them so I'm not sure what difference a left-handed pan would make?

My older dd finds sharp knives quite hard to use. She has other left-hand-friendly equipment but I don't even know if left-handed knives are available. Even if they were, her dh couldn't use them as he's right handed!

paddyann Wed 11-Jan-17 13:31:59

theres a website that only sells left handed equipment ,I know my sister used it when her son was little for scissors and she said it had things you wouldn't even think needed to be left handed.Google it

Izabella Wed 11-Jan-17 13:50:47

This is the site I use. I don't get things very often as they seen good quality goods and last ages.

SueDonim Wed 11-Jan-17 14:04:19

Oh yes! I'd forgotten about Anything Lefthanded!

Jalima Wed 11-Jan-17 14:08:31

I suppose if you are straining then a colander would be useful. I use one all the time.
If it's soup etc then a large ladle?

Katek Wed 11-Jan-17 14:31:48

Thanks for suggestions/links - will certainly have a look at sites as 2 smallest dgs are left handed.

yggdrasil Wed 11-Jan-17 17:26:08

"My older dd finds sharp knives quite hard to use. She has other left-hand-friendly equipment but I don't even know if left-handed knives are available."

I don't understand this, knives aren't 'handed'. Mine can be used by anybody in either hand

SueDonim Wed 11-Jan-17 21:05:59

Yes they are, yggdrasil! If you look at the short video here, it explains why knives are difficult for left-handlers. It's the way the slope on the blade is formed.

Also, some knives come with handles that are pre-shaped for holding, with indentations for fingers.

Alima Wed 11-Jan-17 21:26:51

Didn't realise till yesterday that apparently left handed people statistically live 9 years less than right handed people. Now ain't that a thought. I have always thought we live life on the edge!

Izabella Wed 11-Jan-17 22:39:33

That may be so Alima but we are slowly taking over the world!

paddyann Thu 12-Jan-17 00:03:48

my granny was left handed ,,she was born in 1888 and had her hand tied behind her back to encourage her to use her right didn't work.She lived to be 85 ..not a bad age for someone born then

kittylester Thu 12-Jan-17 06:41:10

I'm left handed and don't really think about it at all. I've found that nowadays most kitchen utensils are 'ambidextrous' ((my phone doesn't recognise that word) but maybe I look awkward to other people.

My 'milk pan' has a lip either side but it honestly isn't an issue.

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