Can you take the heat?

Subscriber and friend Lisa C. took dinner out of the oven last night with a pair of these cute little mini potholders – pinch mitts. Turns out, my oven mitts need replacement and there are lots of choices: cotton, neoprene, silicone, leather, Nomex (fireproof fabric) and Kevlar (body armor). The optimal mitt is a personal choice. They all need to protect you, but size, flexibility and comfort are different among the gloves. Can you lift a cast iron pan out of the oven or change the level of an oven rack? Are they clumsy and stiff? I want them to be washable.

These mini-mitts, (pinch mitts) are new to me. They are just the right size to lift a pot out of an Instapot or to grab a tea kettle. They are dishwasher safe and useful for a lot of the ‘hot jobs’ in the kitchen.  I have tested several them, and these are my favorites.

Instapot mini mitts are the largest of these mini mitts. $6.95 for the pair.

Axe Sickle Pinch Grip Oven Mitts. $6.99 for the pair.

These silicone mini grips are small, but they are reassuringly thick. Mini Silicone Pot holders. $7.98 for three.

Oven mittsCooks Illustrated reports that they stuck each oven mitt into a flame for five seconds for testing. “Neoprene and terry cloth mitts caught fire (the neoprene smelled foul), leather gloves scorched, and Nomex models discolored. Again, silicone proved its mettle, emerging intact.”

San Jamar Cool Touch Flame Oven Mitt is the Cooks Illustrated top choice. It is comfortable, flexible and is rated for temperatures up to 535° for 30 seconds. It is made of Nomex and Kevlar with a magnet in the tag to store it on the stove. It is 15” long. San Jamar Oven Mitt, $40.69 each.

Silicone Oven Mitt with removable cotton lining. It is waterproof, even in boiling water. It is heat resistant to 480° and has a non-skid surface. The lining is machine washable. It comes in blue, charcoal, green and red. Silicone oven mitt. $14.99 + $5.99 shipping.

Wirecutter recommends the extra long Silicone Oven Mitts with a quilted liner. They come in red, red and black, black, blue, gray and turquoise. Silicone oven mitt. $12.97 for a pair.

Pot holders are easy to grab and do double duty as a hot pad.

Oxo Good Grips Silicone Potholders come in gray, eggplant, black, navy, red, sage, and teal. Oxo potholders. $9.99 each.