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Jan 17, 2010 04:43 PM

How to stop burning my hand on a hot handle [moved from Not About Food]

I have never until now owned oven proof cookware. So starting something on the stove top and then finishing it in the oven is new to me. The other night I used an oven mitt to remove a sauté pan from the oven to turn the chicken thighs over I then went to pick the pan up with my hand to put it back in the oven. So yes burnt hand, but I’m still not convinced that I won’t do it again. I mean I have never had to worry about hot handles on my cookware, so I have to unlearn this behaviour quickly.

Does anyone have a system that works for them? Such as leaving a pot holder on the handle when it’s out of the oven?

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  1. "Such as leaving a pot holder on the handle when it’s out of the oven?"
    bingo. if not *on* the handle, then i leave it right next to the pan or propped up against the handle to remind myself.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I have done this many times. I place the potholder on the handle tp prevent myself from doing it again.

    2. I got one of those silicon pot handle covers. As soon as the skillet comes out of the oven, I put the cover on the handle while I still remember that the handle is very hot. This would not work with other shapes of handles, but somehow it is only the skillet/saute pan sort of handle that is tempting for me to grab.

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      1. re: LauraB

        the purpose of those silicone covers is actually to protect the *handle* while the pan is IN the oven. unfortunately, i learned the hard way that those covers get blazing hot! i use the cover while the pan is in the oven so the handle doesn't warp or melt (yes, it's happened before), but the handle still gets hot under the silicone. so i then have to use a potholder to take off the cover, AND to touch the pan once it's out of the oven. sort of a nuisance if you ask me.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I never use mine as a cover for the handle in the oven since I have handles that are meant to go in the oven. If you only put on on after you take out the pan, it stays cool and works beautifully for me as protection against my own forgetfulness. (But yes - if you put the cover in the oven, then it is just as hot and capable of burning as the handle itself.) The leather handle covers discussed below sound pretty cool too.

      2. I feel your pain! I made this mistake once and it was really bad. Now I after I take the pan out of the over I always stick the pot holder on the handle. It gets warm but you'll remember that it's a hot handle and it won't get hot enough to burn yourself.

        1. Done that more times than I can tell you. I don't know if they still sell the one I'm referring to at Target, but there are several manufacturers that offer a LEATHER handle-cover in various shapes. They're kind of like a little sock, but the leather is key. Even if it gets wet, it won't burn you the way cloth or silicone ones will. But it's still not oven-worthy itself, obviously.

          My favorite normal potholders are leathers ones from Dean and DeLuca. They were ridiculously expensive, but they're over a decade old and practically as good as new. Much thinner than the padded type, so they give me vastly more control. I truly miss them when I cook at someone else's house.