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fauchon Jul 7, 2006 08:21 PM

Anyone use these? Do you/don't you like them?

  1. Davwud Jul 9, 2006 10:35 PM

    I really like mine. I am a male and perhaps I don't find them to cumbersome.
    I will say that they're great if you like to make stocks. You don't have to worry about keeping them dry.

    DT

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      pitterpatter Jul 9, 2006 01:50 PM

      I hate them. I need to really "feel" what I'm pulling out of the oven, and they feel far too clumsy, stiff and awkward. However, they are good for opening jars!

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        Nancy Berry Jul 8, 2006 07:46 PM

        I didn't like the first ones that I bought, but I love the new ones that I just got in a two mitt set at Costco. They are much more flexible and smaller in size that the old ones -- they look and feel much more like traditional cloth mitts.

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          Pei Jul 8, 2006 10:32 PM

          I found smaller more flexible ones at Ross that were more easy to wield than the huge inflexible Orca ones. And they were only $5. Maybe they're the same ones you got at Costco, because I agree they feel more like traditional mitts than the ones you see at Sur La Table or department stores

        2. jillp Jul 8, 2006 12:28 AM

          HATE MINE. I think that for men, they will work quite well, but for women - probably the majority of home cooks - they are too large and inflexible. I use mine for trivets.

          1. Non Cognomina Jul 7, 2006 09:16 PM

            These are the ones I have. I like that I still have control of my wrists when I use them, and since they are non-specific to left/right handers, I can use them for either hand.

            http://www.surlatable.com/common/prod...

            1. krissywats Jul 7, 2006 08:54 PM

              I think I threw mine away because they were so awkward - I never felt like I had full control with them on my hands...hadn't thought of cutting them like other posters mention....might look around to see if I still have them.

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                rainey Smith Jul 7, 2006 08:50 PM

                I had the same problem with the awkward size/shape of silicone pot holders. I cut a square one into quarters. Now they fit my hand better. They're not ideal for everything but they're much better on pots and casseroles with "ear" type handles and they wrap around the handles of saute pans and things that aren't too heavy.

                If you want to do it they cut easily with a metal ruler and a rotary cutter. And X-Acto would probably do the trick too but the rotary cutter sliced right through with no fight at all.

                1. Katie Nell Jul 7, 2006 08:37 PM

                  I don't really care for the ones I have... I have a regular square silicone potholder and one of the odd-shaped "grabber" potholders. I find that they are not flexible enough, so I either end up burning myself anyway or dropping a whole tray of cookies on the bottom of my oven (yes, this really happened!)

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                    saram Jul 7, 2006 08:47 PM

                    I totally agree! I liked the IDEA of them, so I bought 2, and then I received another as a gift. I also found them hard to work with, so I went back to regular pot holders and oven mitts. I guess they are ok as a trivet, but I already had some trivets I like better and I can't seem to bring myself to throw them out, so now they are just taking up space in one of my cupboards.

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                      Candy Jul 9, 2006 09:58 PM

                      I agree too. I had 2 square pot holders which were just too stiff. They ended up in the box for the Goodwill

                    2. Non Cognomina Jul 7, 2006 08:34 PM

                      LOVE 'em! I have a few different kinds. I got little grabber mitts that are perfect for pulling anything out of the oven, grabbing handles on cast iron pots, or lifting hot lids off pots. I have one round flat one with a magnet so it sticks to the side of the fridge for when I need to set something hot on the counter or table. One big orca mitt is fantastic for grabbing hot food and moving it around, like lobster and crab, corn on the cob, loaves of bread right out of the oven, etc. I like them because they are extremely protective of heat, and impervious to hot liquids and oil (unlike side towels or cloth based pot holders). I cook professionally and have been made fun of for them, but I'm the only one in the kitchen without burns on my hands or wrists. Privately, all of the sous chefs have asked me where I got them! Also, on a hygene note, they can be washed in an industrial or home dishwasher, can be soaked in bleach water or industrial cleaners and continue to maintain their integrity. It's one of the few things I keep in my personal tool kit and take with me where ever I cook.

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