When you’re working with hot oven pans, stove pot handles, steaming pasta pots and the like, you need more protection than a cloth oven mitt. Otherwise, be prepared to say “Ouch!”
We tossed our cloth oven mitts 15 years ago when the first Orka silicone oven mitts debuted. No matter pleasing the design—or the ability to wear a matching apron—cloth mitts didn’t provide enough burn protection.
Beyond protection against burns, cloth mitts are neither waterproof nor oil-proof—and get pretty stained pretty fast.
If you haven’t yet heeded the call, it’s time to toss your cloth oven mitts and bring in the heavy hitter: silicone.
THE SOLUTION: SUPERFLEX GLOVES FROM THE TRIUMPHANT CHEF
While there are numerous silicone mitts on they market, we recently gave our older ones away in favor of what we think is the new best: the Silicone Flex Mitt from The Triumphant Chef.
They’re the latest generation of silicone: super-flexible, yet still heat resistant up to 450°F.
The no-slip silicone grips better than cloth—and even better grip from the circle-and-spoke pattern.
You can flip chops, steaks, hot dogs on the grill without tools.
You can easily hold down a turkey or roast while you carve it.
You can fully clean them in the sink with soap and hot water—or in the dishwasher.
A couple of decades ago, Playtex Living Gloves promoted themselves as “so flexible, you can pick up a dime. We didn’t easily pick up a dime with Flex Mitts, but it was a cinch to pick up a quarter.
Like those Living Gloves, they have a soft cloth liner, here quilted. They’re currently on sale at Amazon.com for $13.83 a pair, plus a bonus silicone basting brush. The gloves are available in:
Get them for your favorite cooks for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, summer grilling weekends…and think ahead to Christmas season.
THE HISTORY OF OVEN MITTS
For much of man’s history, hot pots and pans were handled with cloth. One source notes that mittens have been in use for more 1,000 years for a wide range of protective purposes, including protecting hands from hot ovens.
If so, they were abandoned somewhere along the line for the presumably more effective potholders.
Apparently, a Texan named Earl Mitt (seriously?) came up with the idea in the early 1870s, after a bad burn while baking. In an effort to prevent getting burned again, he invented the first oven mitt from shoe leather and wool. After experimenting with different materials and designs, he finally came up with the oven mitt style of cooking glove. [Source]
Today, the outer layers are typically made of cotton or polyester, while the inner layer is filled with an insulator fabric.
Thanks, Earl; but they’re old technology now. Along with potholders, they provide incomplete protection against high heat, steam and oil splattering. A user can be scalded by boiling water and burned hot pans and steam.
What are you waiting for?
All Clad pot from Williams-Sonoma. It can be monogrammed!
Do you really want to touch a hot pot with kitchen towels or cloth oven mitts? (All-Clad Pasta Pot and Tramontino Deep Fryer from Williams-Sonoma). Bottom: Our favorite protection, Super Flex Oven Mitts from The Triumphant Chef, with a soft quilted liner and a bonus matching basting brush.