If you are thinking about forking out for some oven gloves or mitts for your oven and BBQ, prior to purchasing some, you will probably want to find out more information about them.
The days where you could only buy oven gloves made from cloth material have long gone. Today, there are so many different types and designs of gloves to consider that it might become a bewildering task to find a pair that you want or like.
There are so many alternatives because you combine different features in a number of ways. I have listed below some of the features that you could mix and match from.
- Material: silicone, neoprene, cotton, aramid fiber.
- Lined or unlined interior.
- Short or long cuffs.
- 5 finger gloves, mitts or pot holders.
- Unique, unusual and animal designs.
With the abundance of styles available to you, I would like to go into detail about one particular type of glove that is becoming really popular, and that is silicone oven gloves. They have many benefits that other gloves don’t have and that makes them very convenient for the user. I have listed below some of the major benefits of silicone.
The main reason that we buy oven gloves is to protect our skin from the searing heat of the oven and BBQ. The silicone that is used in oven gloves is a food grade quality. It has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, to work safely within the temperature range of between -40 celcius or -40 fahrenheit and +230 celcius +450 fahrenheit.
One of the disadvantages of a fabric glove is that they can easily get stained and also pick up the smell if they are exposed to some foods. Silicone will not discolor or acquire the odors of the food that they come in contact with.
Being an inert material that has a low chemical reactivity, they are extremely resistant to any form of mold or bacteria and they don’t deteriorate when exposed to heat, the elements, time and household chemicals.
Silicone is used to make both gloves and mitts. The 5 finger design offers the wearer a much greater degree of movement and flexibility with the fingers. It is easier to retrieve dishes from the oven and gain a very good hold. Out with the BBQ, a 5 finger design is far superior than the mitts when handling the utensils, skewers and food.
The gloves have little bumps or ridges all over them, often in the shape of hearts and starts. The shape of the protrusions is irrelevant, but they do provide a really strong grip to food and utensils alike. It’s similar to the way a car tire grips the contours of the road surface.
As I alluded to earlier, they are convenient because they are very easy to clean, so saving you time. If they are covered in grease and fat from the BBQ, they can simply be washed in the dishwasher with the other dishes. If you have no dishwasher, they can be washed in soapy water and hung to dry. A lot of the time they just require rinsing under the tap.
They are waterproof. This means that if you are boiling something like crab, corn and eggs, you can use the glove to take the food out of the boiling water. The other thing about being waterproof is that any splashes or spillages that occur isn’t going to burn you as it would if you were wearing a fabric pair of gloves.
Where the BBQ is concerned, if you have any large things grilling away such as a whole rack of ribs or a chicken, you can wear your gloves to handle the food directly. When the food is cooked, you can pull it apart with your gloved hands without the need for any shredding utensils.
Going in the other direction, you can use them inside the freezer when it gets all frosted up and you need to get rid of the ice. You may have a piece of meat in the bottom of the freezer that needs looking for. When it is icy outside and your car is iced up you can use them there.
Other uses include changing light bulbs, being none electrically conductive. Opening tops of unopened jars or that have become stuck. You can wash the car with them. The list is vast.
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