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Silicone oven mitts are the next generation cooking mitt, featuring unique properties missing from conventional quilted mitts. They provide superior heat resistance; are waterproof, stain proof, and non-porous; and can be washed in the dishwasher. Silicone mitts can fit either hand and are sold individually.
What makes these mitts unique is that they are made from injection-molded food-grade silicon with a rubbery feel that aids grip. On first glance, they might appear to belong more in the garage than in the kitchen, but these mitts are a chef’s best friend. Able to withstand temperatures up to 500°F (260°C), these mitts won’t get hot while pulling pans from the oven or shuffling pots on the stove.
But these mitts go further. You can actually reach into boiling water wearing silicone oven mitts. You can add food items to a boiling pot without splashing the stove by gently setting them into the water. Silicone mitts also withstand scorching steam, making them ideal for draining pasta, boiled potatoes, and other foods.
If you like deep-frying or are fond of Chinese dishes, silicone oven mitts will protect you from hot oil and burns from splatter, and because they are non-porous, they are completely hygienic and easy to clean. They can be washed in the dishwasher. Some brands also come with a removable liner for added comfort.
Silicone oven mitts vary in price depending on the length of the glove, brand, and source. For better manipulation, a three-fingered mitt is available as well as the conventional design. These mitts come in various solid colors, though their utilitarian appearance might make them better a better candidate for a drawer or cupboard than for oven-side display hooks. However, their performance should outweigh potential aesthetic drawbacks.
Note that some traditional quilted oven mitts are coated with silicone spray to give them a non-stick surface. These are often advertised as “silicone oven mitts” or “freezer mitts,” but they differ greatly from injection-molded mitts and are only rated at about 200°F (93.3°C). Real ones resemble padded rubber or gel gloves and can't be mistaken for conventional mitts.
Silicone oven mitts look a lot like they were designed after looking at a killer whale's profile, but they work! Don't wimp out on price. Buy the name brand and they will be worth the price.
I like the kind that have the nubs because I think they grip things better. There's a little more traction.
Heat doesn't "seep" into them like it does with other potholders or oven mitts. You can hold a hot pan out of the oven for a good while before your hands even start getting warm. They don't "breathe," so prolonged use will make your hands sweaty, but that's about the only drawback. They really do what they say they'll do.