Many people prefer to buy a pot holder because they look more fashionable in various colors and prints. In contrast, silicone oven mitts aren't so heterogeneous in their designs as compared to quilted pot holders. However, a major risk in using pot holders and mitts made of fabric and foam is when the highly combustible material gets near the heating element in the oven and catches fire. Or worse, it burns a hole through the mitt and causes a second degree burn on your hand or forearm. Notwithstanding the threat of causing an accidental home fire or a major skin burn, pot holders are also easily torn or burnt and they're likely to absorb grease, odors, and stains.
While silicone oven mitts can be molded into different shapes, such as the head of a frog, hippopotamus or shark, it's not as soft and pliant as fabric and foam. However, it's not as stiff as hard rubber either. It's malleable enough to let you twist your wrist and fingers while wearing a pair of these oven mitts. The best part about silicone cooking gloves is the strong grip it provides. The surface is usually covered in a grid pattern that increases friction and reduces the possibility of accidental spills or slips while holding a hot skillet or baking pan. Pot holders may not burn so quickly because they absorb water easily. As the heat transfers from the hot grill or oven, it's absorbed by the water particles, which must evaporate first before the heat can burn a hole through the fabric and foam. This is practical and safe when you're simply transferring a hot grill or frying pan from the stove-top range to the kitchen counter beside it. Usually, the handle adds protection from totally burning your palms.
Yet, when it comes to taking out a baking pan from inside the hot oven, a pair of pot holders isn't enough to truly shield your hands and forearms from getting seared. The heat from the oven is distracting enough that any direct contact with the heat elements is inevitable. This is compounded by arms that have been working hard and shaking uncontrollably from extreme exhaustion. If you have extended silicone oven mitts covering your hands and forearms, then you'll be dealing with one less worry while baking and cooking. Unlike fabric and foam, which absorbs excess grease and forms stubborn stains, soft silicone rubber doesn't retain moisture, oil, and grime. It's true you can easily wash the dirt and stains from the fabric and foam, and let the pot holders dry under the sun. But, you can easily skip this step altogether when you have silicone oven mitts. Instead of washing, you can just wipe away the food residue and excess cooking oil from the outer layer.
I am a huge fan of using the B`teavon Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Gloves
for my oven in the kitchen. My husband is a fan of using them when he's out on the grill having a BBQ. I've been trying to think of all the ways these gloves might be helpful in the kitchen, besides the obvious, and came up with some ideas I've listed below. If you have some of your own ways to use silicone gloves, please share them with me in the comments section below.
Barbecuing - removing charcoal chimneys, removing and adjusting hot grates, handling big cuts of pork or poultry, moving a hibachi or tabletop grill
Indoor Cooking - removing hot pans from the oven, draining hot pots of boiling water, grabbing lobsters out of a pot of water, handling cast iron cookware, removing and replacing pot lids for stirring
Frozen Foods - We have a chest freezer out in the garage and after about 30 seconds of moving cryovaced meats, chicken pieces, ice cream, leftover containers and frozen foods, my hands are burning cold. These gloves will help.
Carving - holding onto hot food items for carving without burning those fingertips
Platting - removing hot plates from the oven or microwave before platting, transferring hot plates to the table
Camping - working with fire pit grates, pulling hot pans out of the fire or off the fire grate, protecting your hands when making smores with a stick that' too short
Miscellaneous - opening those incredibly hard to open jars, grabbing an oven thermometer from whatever you are cooking, removing hot light bulbs around the house
What I love about this brand is that they are a one size fits all and are slip Resistant Five Finger Gloves to Allow for Easy Handle, Strong Grip of Hot Objects and Safe Movement Of Hot Pans, Food and Racks. They are also FDA-Approved and BPA-Free. Depending on the brand you get the silicone is heat resistant for various temperatures. For this brand, the gloves are heat resistant for Temperatures UP to 446 Degrees Fahrenheit. They're also waterproof and dishwasher safe. No discoloration occurs when putting them through the wash.
My husband and I both have different hand sizes. I'm considered a size small and his are between large/extra large depending on the product. These claim to be a one size fits all and that they are. They fit both my husband and I without any problems. They didn't fall off and we were both able to use them properly. I found these to be well made, durable and worked as described.
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