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The advent of social media had us drooling over what we now consider as food porn. Shots over shots of lovely food that call to our basic human instinct. Food has never had so much exposure that it strengthened the culinary industry and even sprouting whole new career opportunities such as food arrangement and photography. Designer kitchenware and wear are sprouting here and there, calling to people’s sense of aesthetics. Chefs who were used to the smoke and noise of the industrial kitchen are now stepping out into the limelight and embracing their newfound celebrity status. Celebrities, on the other hand, are getting their domesticity on and whipping up dishes and sharing them on their feeds. Kitchens are now one of the most renovated areas in homes and with that come a complete overhaul of appliances, kitchenware, and accessories.
One of the kitchen accessories that we are going to talk about is the humble oven gloves. For the ordinary person, pot holders and cloth rags will do when handling hot food and wares. Bakers and cooks will know that a simple cloth does not cut it. The hands take so much abuse in the kitchen from knives and high temperatures but you also got to take care of them since these are your main tools. Risking burns, injury and infection are not worth the medical bill when you could have just invested in a glove or two that would last you a lifetime. You would need something that envelops the hand with heat resistant material and can even go up to your arms. Oven gloves or oven mitts are your best friend when it comes to kitchen safety. Although take note that grill gloves are a whole different set but not unlike the oven gloves. But for this segment, we will focus on the best oven gloves preferred by home cooks and professionals. These have been through tasks and tests and came out on top.
Ekogrips BBQ Oven Gloves
These Ekogrips don’t come cheap but that is because they place a premium on high-quality FDA approved and BPA-free material. These well-insulated silicone gloves have never heard of the words ‘give up’. So rarely do these bad boys tear or rip that Ekogrips is willing to offer a lifetime replacement guarantee. Although thicker than most gloves, they are soft and malleable enough to let your fingers move and wiggle, giving you a better range of motion and grip. And yes, they have a finger hole for each digit. It protects you for up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit for more than a minute. The kitchen isn’t the only place they’ll be staying for long. You can bring them out on camping trips and backyard grill parties. These come up to size XXL, even dad can protect his manly hands. The Ekogrips is openly endorsed by Andrew Zimmern and Martha Stewart. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us.
Homwe Professional Silicone Oven Mitt
Not your typical silicone glove, the Homwe is designed with a quilted liner to add another layer of protection and comfortability against scalding splashes and steam. It measures a good 14.7 inches, made with FDA approved commercial grade texturized silicone. They’re very light and non-toxic. These mitts have an extra hole for your thumb and flexible enough as a whole. Not only do they protect up to your forearms but they are also slip-proof. Resistant to up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, they’re good not only for baking and cooking but for grilling as well. Clean-up is a breeze with Homwe, you just wipe them up with a damp cloth or they can be thrown in the dishwasher or with the laundry.
The Triumphant Chef Silicone Oven Mitts
So many times do we hear complaints of silicone oven mitts being too big for ladies but The Triumphant Chef answered to the call. They developed comfortable fits for a range of sizes while still being able to maintain a grip without coming off as a lobster clawed-monster. They can resist the heat of up to 232 degrees Celsius for more than just a few seconds. Besides the non-slip grip and non-toxic silicone, it is internally lined with quilted cotton fabric with polyester fill, sweat-free and injury-free hands. There is no fussing as to whether you have the gloves on the wrong hands as they are interchangeable. That means both sides of the gloves are texturized with the O and Y pattern and have the same thickness and level of protection. No confusion, no burns. And here’s a little incentive they threw in, a purchase from The Triumphant Chef comes with a free silicone pastry brush in matching color!
Artisan Griller Heat Resistant Gloves
If a pair of flame-resistant gloves reminds you of a dragon handling scene from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, it can only mean good things. Ok, technically these are grill gloves, but they are commonly listed as double duty grill and oven gloves. Only this pair can make you look and feel badass while baking choco chip cookies for the neighborhood bake sale. These 14″ gloves are made from neoprene that offers better insulation and resistance from heat than fabric, silicone, and rubber. It is lined with jersey cotton ensuring your hands still stay comfortable even when you are slaving away at the grill pit or in front of the oven. Being a domestic god is now on equal footing with veteran status. Guys won’t even have to feel embarrassed by owning one of the best oven gloves if it’s a pair of Artisan Grillers. We suggest posting an Instagram selfie with these and hashtag that with kitchen rock star!
Life Quintessentials Silicone Oven Mitts
Now you won’t look like Darth Vader wearing these but you definitely won’t get a burn. It is heat resistant for up to 482 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommend the black silicone, it looks classy and doesn’t even show much dirt when not cleaned off. But that doesn’t mean we suggest leaving it as is, because it is hella easy to clean. Either run it through water, clean off with a damp cloth, or throw it in the dishwater or washing machine. Lefties don’t even have to worry about finding a fit because these mitts can be used on either hand and will still be a good fit.
What to Look For
There are several types of oven gloves available but we are still probably thinking of our grandmas vintage quilted pairs that go with her kitchen wallpaper. While cotton and terry cloth mitts are undeniably adorable, technology has moved us to futuristic, space-age-looking oven gloves that are made of non-fabric materials such as silicone, neoprene, Kevlar and Nomex. Of course, they no longer come in florals and paisleys but in solid and bright colors. The upside is they are hard to miss and you certainly won’t misplace them. The cotton still stays, but more as a lining and cuff to absorb sweat, pad for comfort and to add an extra layer of insulation. Oven gloves are easier to clean now since they don’t always need to be washed with detergent and water, a simple wipe up will do the job and you’re good to use it again. No need to buy several gloves just because your trusty pair is tumbling in the dryer.
Oven gloves from yesteryears were either shaped as a simple sleeve for the hand or had an extra sleeve for the thumb. While we still have these, because they are after all efficient, having other materials to work with gave us the option to have gloves with five finger hole/sleeves. Literally, fitting like a glove. But does this bode well for left-handed people? Yes, manufacturers made sure, that even if these gloves come with five finger holes, that both sides are texturized for grip. So it wouldn’t matter if it was worn on the ‘wrong’ hand because they are practically interchangeable.
More and more people are getting into the culinary arts every year. From kids to adults, and men to women, everyone is cooking and baking. In the past, oven gloves were rarely available in larger sizes due to the stereotype of women belonging to the kitchen and men parking in front of the television after a full day’s work. In the end, the important thing is that it protects the wearer’s hands and arms from heat, burns and hot liquid whether it is direct or indirect contact.
Oven gloves are a kitchen staple not because they would make you look cool or look like a professional, but because they protect your hands from heat. The best oven gloves will help your kitchen efficiency and productivity. You will be able to have a few seconds to a minute of a firm and steady grip on wares and food that need to be transferred or removed from their place. A good oven glove is flexible enough to not limit your hand and finger movements, eliminating the need to remove the gloves constantly to pick up smaller items.