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Dexterious Oven Mitt than can Take the Heat

chefwong Nov 7, 2013 09:48 AM

I've yet to find the perfect replacement mitt.

Most of the time, the Ove mitt/glove is my go to , as the dexterity of it is perfect.

2nd runner up is just plain ole' Oxo Silicone Mitts. Stiff, but they can take the *HEAT* of a very hot handle.

My favorite would probably be some cheap cotton square potholder.
Long gone. Seen better days....
But it had good *dexterity-feedback* and was good enough for even the hottest-longest times I would be holding something hot. (disclaimer, as long as I made sure the potholder did not get wet).

Anybody have any recommendations on something even better on the market that I've yet to not come across

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  1. c oliver RE: chefwong Nov 7, 2013 10:05 AM

    I use thick, cotton dish towels folded to the appropriate thickness for the heat I'm dealing with. I've never found a mitt I liked.

    1. kaleokahu RE: chefwong Nov 7, 2013 01:34 PM

      Hi, chefwong:

      I really dislike mitts. I also detest the silicone "potholders" because they get slippery as hell.

      For most of my uses, I like either a folded side towel or the style of thick double-sided terry cotton square potholder that has *two* layers. They're seamed along 3 sides, with one side left open so you *can* use it as a mitt. Mine don't have any brand marked on them, but I can check for you if you'd like.

      For BBQ, I like the gauntlet-style firefighters' gloves. You can get right into the meat if needed, they are fairly non-slip on cookware, and they clean up easily.


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      1. re: kaleokahu
        c oliver RE: kaleokahu Nov 7, 2013 01:42 PM

        I haven't found the kind of potholder you describe in SO long. I used to like those a lot. If you see a source, I'd appreciate knowing but honestly, like you, the folded towel works great.

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          kaleokahu RE: c oliver Nov 7, 2013 01:58 PM

          Hi, c oliver:

          Well, I can make it easy for you, since you regularly visit Seattle and know your way around...

          I got mine at Cookin' in the Madison Park neighborhood (situated between Cactus and The Attic). The best part is that they carried these in black, which tend to look better longer, IMO. They were about $7 if I remember right.


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            c oliver RE: kaleokahu Nov 7, 2013 02:08 PM

            Cool and thanks, K. I actually prefer white so I can bleach the dickens out of them :)

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              kaleokahu RE: c oliver Nov 7, 2013 03:03 PM

              Hi, c oliver:

              You're welcome. Ain't no bleach can get out what happens to my potholders! I saw several colors at Cookin', but not white--I got one beige, though.


              1. re: kaleokahu
                c oliver RE: kaleokahu Nov 7, 2013 03:13 PM

                Oh, I know. Me neither. I'm just fooling myself :) BTW, I have a sign in our house that says "Life's Too Short For Beige."

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                  DuffyH RE: c oliver Nov 8, 2013 09:52 PM

                  Love it! My decorating mantra is "Beige Goes With Nothing."

        2. re: kaleokahu
          PrinceZuko RE: kaleokahu Nov 7, 2013 05:08 PM

          Just curious. How heat resistant are side towels? Will they protect me as much as my silicone pot holder (which i've found not to be slippery at all btw)? I've always contemplated getting one but they look a little thin to me, even when folded into multiple layers. I find it hard to visualize myself taking a cast iron pan out of a +500°F oven with one. I understand why a chef prefers them as they are easy to use and convenient to keep around, but Im guessing their hands are much more thicker skinned and heat tolerant than mine. I am of the type that tries to maintain baby soft hands so im afraid i will never build up such heat resistance. Are they still a viable option for me?

          1. re: PrinceZuko
            kaleokahu RE: PrinceZuko Nov 7, 2013 06:04 PM

            Hi, PZ: "Are they [side towels] still a viable option for me?"

            Maybe not. For anything really hot, they need to be dry and folded a few times. My view is that if you learn to balance 'hot' and 'time-in-hand', they work great. But they're *not* for holding hot handles while you slowly pour stock or carrying something around for more than a step or two.

            Here's another (strange) idea. I keep an old coil electric range in my basement to have extra capacity, and I'm constantly finding that I've left my potholders and side towels upstairs. I discovered by necessity one day that my cotton mop-cloth automotive wash mitts work really well, too, when doubled.


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              PrinceZuko RE: kaleokahu Nov 10, 2013 08:22 AM

              Just tried using an old linen towel used for the bread basket and was surprised that it did provide ample protection. Now im going to buy a whole bunch from my local restaurant supply store. Wonder how material affects heat resistance. The two side towels im considering are of 100% cotton and a cotton/linen blend. They are both made in Germany. I've read that CIA actually specially imports their side towels from Germany as they are of much better quality than any made here. The blend is more expensive so im curious if it has any advantages in terms of protection. Its advertised as being superior in terms of strength, absorbency, and stain resistance. But nothing is mentioned in regards to its use as a potholder. I would try both but they are costly. That being said, im willing to pay the price if it provides more protection and lasts longer. I rather spend a little more than risk dropping an expensive 19th century pan. That and I dont want to burn myself. That was not fun. I remember keeping my hand in a bucket of cold water after that.

              1. re: PrinceZuko
                c oliver RE: PrinceZuko Nov 10, 2013 08:36 AM

                My preference is terry cloth because of its thickness. I'd not go with anything expensive as I find I get all the protection and dexterity I need with it.

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                  sunshine842 RE: c oliver Nov 10, 2013 09:59 AM

                  AND how disgusting they get with spills, accidental smushes, and burns. I'd much rather my heavy terry pads get burned than me.

                  I use the kind that are two heavy terry pads sewn together on three sides, so you can slip your hands into them.

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                    c oliver RE: sunshine842 Nov 10, 2013 10:25 AM

                    Disgusting indeed :) I finally retired a couple recently as they had more stained areas than non-stained.

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                      sunshine842 RE: c oliver Nov 10, 2013 11:00 AM

                      I'm always shocked when they come out of the washer....kind of "omg - I was using something THAT dirty?"

                2. re: PrinceZuko
                  translucent RE: PrinceZuko Nov 22, 2013 09:23 AM

                  How can you cook in a 19th-century pan? What is it made of? How did it last for so long? Expensive! How is this done?

              2. re: PrinceZuko
                c oliver RE: PrinceZuko Nov 7, 2013 06:11 PM

                I take things out of that hot an oven with just a towel or two if it's a big pot where I need to use two hands.

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                  jaykayen RE: PrinceZuko Nov 7, 2013 06:27 PM

                  They work fine, except you should not use it to dry anything. The towel has to be dry dry DRY.

                  1. re: jaykayen
                    c oliver RE: jaykayen Nov 7, 2013 06:44 PM

                    Did you mention DRY? That really is SOOOOOO important.

                    1. re: c oliver
                      sunshine842 RE: c oliver Nov 9, 2013 05:26 PM

                      I promise you'll only ever use a damp towel to take something out of the oven ONE TIME.

                      Unless you're a very, very slow learner.

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                        c oliver RE: sunshine842 Nov 9, 2013 05:58 PM

                        Bob tries to pass me slightly damp towels occasionally. And I occasionally then threaten to kill him :)

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                          sunshine842 RE: c oliver Nov 9, 2013 06:34 PM

                          I'd just hand them back to him -- "Here, you do it!"

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                sueatmo RE: chefwong Nov 7, 2013 03:39 PM

                My faves are the terry ones made by Ritz. I used to see them in stores, but they have been replaced by unusably stiff things or enormous pouchy ones.

                The Ritz potholders are flexible enough, and thick enough to be quite useful.

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                1. re: sueatmo
                  DuffyH RE: sueatmo Nov 8, 2013 09:56 PM

                  Just for you, sue. :)


                  I've got Ove Gloves that I like a lot, but honestly, I usually just grab a towel and fold it.

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                    sueatmo RE: DuffyH Nov 9, 2013 02:47 PM

                    Yes, I saw those after I posted. I'd choose the blue ones, I think.

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                      DuffyH RE: sueatmo Nov 10, 2013 07:05 AM

                      Ocean for me. Bring on the bright!

                2. wekick RE: chefwong Nov 7, 2013 04:48 PM

                  I don't like mitts either. I use some variation of all cotton hot pads. Some hot pads have polyester batting and are not good. I have some double terry cloth, open on one side that came from TJ Maxx.

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                    poser RE: chefwong Nov 9, 2013 11:54 AM

                    these type of gloves are terrific.


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                      sunshine842 RE: poser Nov 9, 2013 06:38 PM

                      I'm thinking of finding a military surplus store and finding a pair of Nomex summer-weight flight gloves.

                      I used to date a fighter pilot who kept a one (with a hole, thus no longer usable for duty) in his kitchen...it was downright unnerving to put on such a thin glove and have it *completely* insulate you from the heat.

                      Awesome, though, for complete dexterity.

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                      Baldwijm RE: chefwong Nov 17, 2013 07:41 AM

                      Yes! I got the ultimate combination between dexterity and heat protection at a firefighters party. Apparently this company actually makes gloves for fire fighters and decided to make an oven/BBQ mitt. These are amazing!! http://www.thefirestore.com/mobile/st...

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