Oven Mitts? Hot pads? I need new ones ... (input welcome)
Posted: 29 November 2007 08:37 PM   [ Ignore ]
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It’s beyond time for me to buy some new hot pads or oven mitts, but honestly I’m not sure what to try.

I need something that I can use to maneuver my half sheet pans when baking (rotating cookies) and something I can use to lift baking dishes (and roasting pans).

Does anyone have some advice?

Welding gloves seem like a pretty good idea, but I’m betting they’re awfully bulky. smile

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Posted: 29 November 2007 10:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Posted: 29 November 2007 10:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Man, I could write a book!!!

I have a pair of denim oven mitts that are about 20 years old. I love them because they fit well and are easy to maneuver in, but I inadvertently stick my thumb into every baking dish I pull out of the oven, so they’re always dirty.

Then I purchased a Pampered Chef terrycloth oven pad (the one with the slit in it so it can slip over your wrist). The terrycloth is extremely thick and I found it hard to use and because it’s an off-white color, it stains easily.

Next I purchased a rather thick set of silicone hot-pads. These are very easy to rinse clean under running water (or in the dishwasher). They are very dark in color and don’t stain, and they protected my hands from the heat well, but they are somewhat hard to use because of their thickness, and their smooth texture makes them a little slippery when handling hot dishes.

That lead me to a thinner, more textured pair of silicone hot-pads. These were white in color and tomato sauce did discolor them slightly. These weren’t as slippery as the previous ones, and they were easier to use because they flex better, but they didn’t protect my hands from the heat quite as well.

About a year ago I found a nice long pair of textured silicone oven mitts (my husband jokingly refers to them as “the gloves of life”). They are completely impervious to heat, liquids, and stains. And they have a mesh lining that keeps your hands from slipping (that’s a great feature). Their only drawback is that they are a little bulky.

Just recently I saw some short silicone oven mitts - they cover just the hands and stop at the wrists. I gave them a test run in the store and they seemed to be easy to maneuver in.

After all is said and done, I reach for my favorite denim mitts, and if they’re dirty I usually just use a folded up kitchen towel, which is almost always conveniently perched on my shoulder.

I sure hope that helps!

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Posted: 30 November 2007 05:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I have a variety of mitts, all silicone.  Some are pads, some are just “claws.”  Some are full length gloves (I have the stiff/sturdy ones).  Some are short length gloves (I have the Lekue soft ones).

Silicone Zone makes excellent full length gloves that are soft and thin and flex/mold nicely.

For pots, I use the claws (Kitchen Aid), they protect just your fingers.  They come in 2 sizes, the small size fits me better, and even my big guy cooks prefer the small size.

For oven use when I need to reach in, I love my full length gloves (stiff/sturdy type), yet is is hard to maneuver and flex, but you really get used to them.

The Lekue short length gloves, in my opinion are made of the best silicone, it just feels great (much like silicone and not like plastic).

I always make an effort to slide out my oven shelves instead of reaching in, and I can’t wait to get a new Wolf oven that has bearings on the sliding oven shelves!

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Posted: 30 November 2007 10:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thanks for the input, I appreciate it.

I’m not wild about most styles, primarily because they’re too bulky/awkward, so it’s good to have some thoughtful insights to help narrow the field.

I did chicken out today and bought some ultra cheapies from the drugstore, but they’re decorated with Christmas flowers and will likely get packed away with the rest of the holiday stuff when the season’s over.

Maybe Santa and I can figure something out before the new year. smile

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Posted: 01 December 2007 12:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I really like the Ove Glove (found at True Value, Ace Hardware, and some Wal-mart and Target stores). They are full fingered gloves that fit snuggly, and they are heat proof up to 450-500 degrees. They are also textured on the palm and fingers to help with gripping.

They are a bit pricey (about 12 dollars or so for one glove), but I like them and use them a lot.

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Posted: 01 December 2007 01:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Oh hey, I completely forgot about the ove-glove!  I have one and love it, but gosh, I have no idea where it is right now.  One word of caution: it’s machine washable, but they say it cannot go into the dryer.

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Posted: 01 December 2007 02:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Really, the Ove-Glove works?

The drugstore near me has them. Hmmm ... . 

I didn’t buy them because the reviews I’ve seen online seemed a bit mixed, but it is true that with some online sites the integrity of the ‘reviews’ isn’t what it could be. smile


I would need two however, for those hot cookie sheets.

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Posted: 01 December 2007 02:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Oh yeah, the Ove-glove works well.  Check the supply at the store though - they say they are “one size fits most”, but the sizes vary somewhat from glove to glove.  They’re not waterproof, but they really do insulate from the heat well, and if they fit your hand properly, they are very user friendly.

PS - tomato sauce stains will come out in the washing machine.

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Posted: 04 January 2008 11:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Just bumping this up with an after-holiday update.

I wound up buying some ultra cheap Christmassy mitts at the drugstore, but they weren’t great, heat-wise, and they were lined with something that came off on my hands, especially if my hands were a bit damp. A friend warned me not to try washing them, because when she’d had a similar pair, they’d gotten lint/fuzz all over everything else in the wash that day. Ugh.

Rather than getting spendy, I decided to get frugal, and bought some InsulBright (a type of insulating polyester/mylar batting) and a bit of cotton batting to layer with.

I dug out some ancient blue jeans that won’t be getting worn again, and cut off a section from the bottoms of the legs to make some square pot holders. Two layers of cotton batting, with some InsulBright sandwiched inside, all tucked inside a denim pocket, everything stitched down in criss crossing lines of stitches.

I’ve only made one so far, I want to give this one a bit of a test tomorrow when I make some Sticky Buns.

If all goes well, I’ll make some oven mitts and more square pot holders.

Anyhow, I just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration. That old denim has been in my closet forever, so it’s nice to have a good use for it.

I’ll be testing it both for heat protection, and to see how well it comes clean in the dryer.

My oldest pot holders were crocheted yarn, but I’ve got a bit too much arthritis in my hands these days so I won’t be doing any crocheting for a while. (Also, the last batch of pot holders I crocheted didn’t last long. Must have used a yarn that wasn’t suited to the task, but I’m still reluctant to go to that much trouble only to have to make more five years from now.)

Well, thanks for listening to me ramble.

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Posted: 05 January 2008 12:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Glad to report that I am in love with my new Silicone Zone oven mitts.  They are long like gloves and made ultra flexible, some come even in translucent colors.  Right and Left hand separetelly designed.  The fit is incredible, almost like not using mitts.  (btw, my baby brother William rightfullness inherited my pair of stiffer silicone red mitts I’ve had for years, together with my Soehnle Futura scale!)

You need to know that silicone needs to be understood and respected properly.  Because heat does transfer after a couple of minutes, and lots of it if not all of it (heat).  But, just as fast, the heat goes away.  I find this property timelly!  I am aware this is perhaps the biggest complaint, misunderstood I would say.

The fit is well made, the gloves are a bit curved on one side for even a better fit.  Regarding Right and Left hand designs, mine’s are both right hand (or left hand, can’t remember), works fine since I am not picky and more important yet I don’t want to go reading to fit the right glove on the right hand:  both the same the fit is mindless.

I also have a pair of Lekue silicone mitts, not as long as Silicone Zone, not as countoured, and uni-hand-sided.  But I love them because they are very easy to fit in, made rather wide, and the material is ULTRA soft.  Love them too because I found a tangerine color and a sage color Lekue silicione mitts, which match my Kitchen Aid mixers!

Second in line, are my KitchenAid silicone claws.  For some reason, I use these a lot more, perhaps because they are quick to grab when cooking, for pot handling.  For baking, the gloves are a must, not the claws.

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Posted: 05 January 2008 09:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Anna - I can’t wait to hear how your pot holders turn out.  Please let us know.

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Posted: 07 January 2008 04:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Well, so far I’ve only made two. One was just a layer of the InsulBright covered with two layers of needled cotton batting, all covered with denim scraps. The other was a similar sandwich, with an old crocheted hot pad in the middle, whose only flaw was that the stitches were getting loose in the middle, increasing the chances of burning myself.

Of the two, I actually prefer the smaller, thinner one, because it’s more flexible, but the heavier one is also nice when dealing with really hot pans.

I’m planning to eventually make some mitt-shaped ones, but life has intervened, so I’m putting off the completion of the project for now.

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Posted: 10 January 2008 12:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Well, it’s just past laundry day, and the thinner pad won the day.

The fat one would have been alright if I’d been able to stitch it in channels the way I did the other. It was too fat to fit in my sewing machine, so I just stitched the outer edges. When washed, the inner layer of ‘old hot pad’ bunched up. It dried fine, but I’m thinking I need to unpick the stitches, remove the old hot pad and just put it back together without.

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