Oven mitts-have you ever spent time thinking about them? Probably not, but I will bet that you have a couple pair of them in a drawer and that you use them a lot. The idea behind oven mitts probably came about after the first burned fingers were treated after removing a pot or pan from a heat source. Before designated oven mitts were designed, bakers would use a towel or some other heavy piece of cloth to get their pan out of the oven. Now, thanks to some amazing new materials, oven mitts are safe, easy to use and can protect from heats as high as 500 degrees. No towel can do that!
The Serious Construction Behind Well Made Oven Mitts
All of us have probably touched a hot baking sheet at one time. Your first reaction is always “ouch!”, followed by “where is my oven mitt”. There is no need to make baking cookies a dangerous task. Thanks to some very creative people, we now have oven mitts that are constructed to allow you flexibility in handling hot pans or baking sheets, all while keeping you safe from some very high temperatures.
Most oven mitts made today use thick layers of silicone, with cotton twill or other fabrics as a liner for comfort. Silicone is an amazing material. When used for kitchen tools it can be both rigid and flexible. It withstands very high levels of heat for a long time and cleans up in a snap. It’s the silicone that will protect your flesh from getting burned, and the layers of other fabrics give you a comfortable finish.
Some Of Our Favorite Oven Mitts
There are a lot of mitts to choose from. Some are very creative in their designs and have logos or images on them. Others are very basic but can get the job done. Here are a few that we have tried and really like.
LDTea Oven Mitt And Pot Holders Set
We really like this set by LDTea. The mitts are extra long at 14″. This may not seem important, but anytime you need to reach far into an oven you will be reminded that you really like the extra length. The silicone is rated to temps as high as 600 degrees and have a handy anti-slip texture.
KitchenAid Asteroid Oven Mitts
KitchenAid makes the best stand mixers on the market, so it makes sense that they would make some really fine oven mitts. Made of heat resistant cotton and silicone, the mitts have a textured finish and are safe to 500 degrees. At last count, these mitts came in 12 different colors.
Just the name “Gorilla Grip” sounds tough. These might be the toughest and sturdiest oven mitt that we have tested. The entire outer surface of the mitt is silicone, and the lining is a comfortable 100% cotton. They are available in 4 colors.
So grab your favorite cookie recipe and bake knowing that your oven mitt will keep you safe. There is no need to run the risk of burns, especially if you are baking with children.