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Sep 17, 2006 04:39 AM

Do you wear an apron when you cook?

I just received a new apron as a present from my wonderful Man, and it got me thinking about why I always reach for my apron as the first step when beginning any work in my kitchen. None of my friends use an apron when cooking. Nor does my DH. For me however, it is a very important part of the whole experience.

My Mother always wore an apron and any time we are cooking together it always began with ‘where’s your apron’, or ‘here let me get you an apron’. I would happily oblige her, and put on one of the waist-style aprons she had on hand. Never really seeing the point, but doing so, because its how things are done in her kitchen.

Now, years later, with a family of my own, I am always reaching for my apron when beginning a task. The type I wear is a bib-style that goes around the neck and ties around the waist. This is the only style that works for me.

This link show basic ‘types’ of aprons. Mine is the ‘Designer Kitchen Bib’.

How about you? Do you wear an apron and if so – why or why not?

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  1. At work, I feel naked and unprepared if I don't have an apron. Bib apron if I'm not wearing a chef coat, bistro apron or bib folded in half if I am.
    At home, no apron necessary, but if I'm doing serious cooking, I will tuck a side towel in my beltloop or back pocket. Sometimes I think about getting a nice bistro apron for home, but I haven't yet, so I guess it's not that important. Or maybe I just don't want to feel like I'm at work!

    1. I have plenty of nice-gift aprons but only wear one when I'm working with flour!

      1. I usually cook in a plain t-shirt and jeans or shorts. I usually only wear an apron when I've got company and I'm doing the last bit of cooking before we can eat. Come to think of it, I always change when I'm done cooking, so an apron isn't necessary.

        The exception is when I receive a gift of an apron, and that person is coming over when I am cooking. When that happens I usually make a point of wearing it. I also have a few relatives who, like your Mother, wear an apron as part of their cooking routine.

        Interestingly, I will wear a bib apron when I am grilling, and frequently when I go into the garden to gather produce.

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        1. re: Non Cognomina

          I don't often use aprons, but I buy cheap T shirts by the dozen from a screen printing wholesaler. They are a couple of bucks each, and when they get too many grease stains, I toss them.

          1. re: Bigjim68

            i also use that type of t shirt to cover my clothes when cleaning the counter with bleach or using bleach-containing scouring powder.

        2. I'm lost w/o my aprin! :)

          1. I mostly do wear an apron, the over-the-head bib style that tie in front...I love my various ones from New Orleans' French market. I never understood the value of the waist-high aprons; they don't protect your chest which is where most splatters or splashes occur but that's the only kind my mother ever had, not that she used them very often.

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            1. re: Val

              I am convinced those waist ones are only for show or for man cooks. It looks a little unmanly to wear an bib. My husband used to do it and it made me chuckle. Most men tuck the apron inside and tie the waist. From time to time I get a bug and make a waist apron from a pillowcase or a cute flour sack. But when I am really cooking, those remain in the basket.

              1. re: Sal Vanilla

                i have absolutely no problem with the full bib to knee apron and yup, I'm a guy.

                The part of the apron that i would like fixed is the length of the wiast string tie. I want to tie in the front so I can put a towel in the string tie. Only one that i own has that feature.

                1. re: jfood

                  Tie rope or line or fabric to the ends of your apron string.

                  Jfood, some guys can pull off a bib. My husband is not one of them.

                2. re: Sal Vanilla

                  my apron looks like it came out of shop class. it's made out of jean-like black material, and is reasonably flame/oil-splash retardant. People cooking with hot oil who aren't using some sort of special clothing are asking for burns. APRONS are a fantastic solution.

                3. re: Val

                  If all of my mother's bib aprons are dirty, she'll break out a waist-high one (and all of her waist-high aprons are made of checkered gingham or the like - I think she inherited them from HER mother), and tie it over the top of her (rather large) bosom. One of my favorite amusing childhood memories.