Rada Knives: a Blessing for So Many

Rada Cutlery Knives: A Blessing for Arthritic Hands

Living with arthritis can be challenging, especially when it comes to everyday tasks like peeling fruits and vegetables. However, there is good news for those with arthritic hands. Rada Cutlery knives have proven to be a game-changer for many, thanks to the size and design of their handles, making kitchen prep easier and more enjoyable. In this blog post, we’ll explore how Rada Cutlery’s paring knives‑‑with their razor‑sharp blades‑‑can practically do the work for you, making peeling a peck of apples for freezing a breeze.

The Arthritis Dilemma

Arthritis, a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide, can cause pain, stiffness, and limited mobility in the joints, particularly in the hands. For individuals living with arthritis, seemingly simple tasks like peeling apples can become a daunting challenge. The strain and discomfort can often deter them from enjoying the joys of preparing fresh produce.

Rada Cutlery: A Cut Above the Rest

Rada Cutlery has long been known for producing high-quality kitchen knives. Rada paring knives are designed with precision and care, making them a perfect choice for individuals with arthritic hands.
  1. Comfortable Handles: Rada’s paring knives feature handles in a range of sizes that are easy to grip, comfortable to hold, and ergonomically correct. This design is particularly beneficial for those with arthritis, as it reduces the strain on the hand and wrist, allowing for extended periods of use without discomfort.
  2. Razor-Sharp Blades: What sets Rada Cutlery apart is the exceptional sharpness of their blades. These knives are renowned for their ability to glide effortlessly through fruits and vegetables. With minimal effort required to cut and peel, users with arthritic hands find these knives to be a true blessing.
  3. Durable and Long-Lasting: Rada’s knives are made from high-quality stainless steel, ensuring durability and longevity. For those who rely on their kitchen tools day in and day out, having a reliable and long-lasting knife is essential.

Effortless Apple Peeling

One of the tasks that can be particularly challenging for individuals with arthritis is peeling apples, especially when preparing a large batch for freezing or baking. With Rada Cutlery’s paring knives, this once-daunting task becomes easier.
  • Sharpness Does the Work: The razor-sharp blade of Rada’s paring knives practically does the work for you. As you gently guide the knife along the apple’s surface, you’ll notice that it effortlessly cuts through the skin and flesh, leaving you with clean and precise slices.
  • Reduced Strain: The comfortable handles and sharp blades minimize the physical effort required, reducing strain on arthritic hands and joints. This means you can peel a load of apples without the discomfort that typically accompanies such tasks.
  • Consistency: The precision and control offered by these knives allow for consistent and uniform peeling, resulting in evenly sliced apples for your culinary creations.

Larger, Easy-to-Grip Handles

If you prefer a slightly larger handle, Rada’s Anthem Wave line of knives might just be the perfect fit! With the same super-sharp, surgical-quality, T420 high-carbon stainless steel Rada blade that all Rada Cutlery knives are known for, the Anthem Wave line features slightly larger handles with modern style, an ergonomic grip, and a balanced weight for a great feel. The Anthem Wave handle has a distinctive raised wave pattern that feels good in your hand. Your knuckles remain safe while cutting, thanks to the offset handle on larger knives and finger guard on the smaller ones. The size is perfect for people who have larger hands or who simply like the grip and heft that these handles provide.  Like all Rada knives, Anthem Wave knives are incredibly durable, are built to last a lifetime, and fit beautifully into any kitchen décor.

Hello Effortless Food Prep

Rada Cutlery’s paring knives are a wonderful addition to any kitchen and are especially valuable for individuals with arthritic hands. The combination of comfortable handles and incredibly sharp blades makes kitchen tasks‑‑that most people take for granted‑‑much simpler. Say goodbye to the frustration and discomfort of struggling with inferior knives and hello to the joy of effortless food prep. Embrace the ease and convenience that Rada Cutlery brings to your kitchen, and rediscover the pleasures of cooking and baking.  

Here’s the easy way to make dessert for potlucks, parties, and other get-togethers. These Glazed Apple Pie Squares serve between 20 and 24 people; that’s a whole lot of goodness in a single pan, and you only have to bake once!

The second recipe, for Apple Butter, makes 4 cups of the creamiest toast-slathering, oatmeal-topping, pork chop go-with you’ve ever tasted.

If you find yourself with an overabundance of apples, these recipes will help use up your supply. But don’t worry, with a Rada paring knife, the task will be easy.

These relatively old-fashioned recipes will never go out of style, and because they’re absolutely delicious, you’ll find yourself making them again and again. Enjoy!

Glazed Apple Pie Squares

INGREDIENTS (Serves 20-24)

2¾ C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 C. butter, sliced
1 egg yolk
⅓ C. milk or half & half
1 C. crushed cornflakes

9 C. thinly sliced, peeled apples*
1 C. sugar
1½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. ground nutmeg

1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 T. cinnamon-sugar
1 C. powdered sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
1 to 2 T. milk


For the crust, combine flour and salt in a big bowl. Cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Combine egg yolk and milk then gradually add to flour mixture and work with hands until dough forms. Divide dough in half.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Roll one piece of dough into a thin 14 x 19ʺ rectangle. Transfer to a half sheet pan (about 10 x 15 x 1ʺ) and press into corners and up the sides, leaving a 1ʺ overhang. Sprinkle cornflakes over the bottom and set aside.

Put all filling ingredients into a bowl and toss to mix with one of Rada’s Mixing Spoons; transfer the mixture evenly into the crust with a larger Basting Spoon. Roll the remaining dough into another big rectangle and place it over the apple filling. Moisten the edges, pinch crusts together, and crimp as desired around the rim of the pan.

Brush egg white over the top crust and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until golden brown.

For the glaze, grab a whisk (try Rada’s Handi-Stir) to combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to make a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm pastry and cool completely. Cut into bars and use Rada’s non-scratch Slotted Turner or Potluck Spatula to remove them from the pan. 

*Try Granny Smith, McIntosh, and/or Jonathan apples. Here’s your opportunity to put the Rada Paring Knives to work.

Apple Butter

In a big bowl, stir together 1 C. sugar, ½ C. brown sugar, 5 T. powdered instant fruit pectin, ½ tsp. cinnamon, and ½ tsp. apple pie spice until well blended; set aside. Place 5 C. peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped apples* into a food processor with 1 T. lemon juice; process until smooth. Add this mixture to the sugar mixture and stir for 3 minutes to blend.

Ladle the apple mixture into small clean containers, leaving ½ʺ headspace. Cover tightly and let stand at room temperature until thickened, about 30 minutes. Store containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 year.

*Try Granny Smith, McIntosh, and/or Jonathan apples. Here’s your opportunity to put the Rada Paring Knives to work.

 Makes 4 Cups

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