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A burn-prone baker asks: What are your favorite oven mitts?

I'm in the market for some new kitchen mitts. I have thick cloth mitten-like mitts and silicone hot spot squares. I prefer the cloth ones because they protect my whole hand and wrist... but they seem to shrink a bit more every time I wash them. I like that the silicone squares can go in the dishwasher but I find them too slippery and I've burned myself too many times. I really need something that covers my whole hand (and based on the scars, I'd say to mid forearm!).

When I tried on silicone "orkas" at the store I thought they might not give enough control. The "ove" gloves look interesting, but do they work?

I'd love to know what works (or doesn't work for you). Thanks!

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  1. I prefer a simple bakers rag,http://www.bakedeco.com/dept.asp?ID=61, but they take time to get used to and it doesn't do much good if you forget.

    The Ov-glove works very well. Its made from Nomex and Kevlar and will protect you from any temp that is going to be found in the residential kitchen. If you choose the Ov-glove, make sure you buy a set, as they are sold individually.

      1. I've always used the low-brow square/rectangular pocket hotpads with a double layer of thick terry-cloth on either side of the hand pocket. (At Target, $3.99) They wash well, and I find them easier to use than something with a discrete thumb formation, as in the mitt type. Different hands, different preferences, I guess.

        Or, I just use a towel from the stack.

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        1. re: cayjohan

          I buy the same sort from Ritz. I like not having the thumb bit. They are very sturdy and last a long time.

          1. re: Candy

            I like this same kind as well as a frequent burner myself! I like the little loops too because I hang them on the back of my cabinet doors on tiny stick-on hooks. I always seem to burn myself with the towel method... I must not have the folding method down.

        2. We found some extra-long oven mitts at some discount place. These have turned out to be godsends for me because I'm also burn prone. If you can find them, they come halfway up the forearms and are made of padded cotton so they're flexible, washable and easy to use.

          If you're really nervous about being burnt, look for foundry gloves. We have these for our wood stove. They're fireproof, literally. You can put a log into a hot stove right into the flames without harm. They're heavy, thick and huge. Steven Raichlen in his bbq TV series, always uses these. They are the safest gloves around.

          1. I think it was in I'm Just Here for the Food that Alton Brown recommended going to a hardware store and buying welding gloves. Sounded like a great idea to me and I've had it in mind to check it out.

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            1. re: JoanN

              I have a couple pair of welding gloves that go back and forth from the kitchen to the grill and smoker. My only complaint is that the fingers lose flexibility with use, since I inevitably get something wet on them or have to clean them off. I also have a pair of lined, high-temp rubber gauntlets, but these are bulky to the point of losing dexterity.