The biggest challenge in our daily lives is keeping our cool in the kitchen. After all none of us wants to end up with a bruised forearm at the office and face those nasty and shocked looks from peers (as if they never burnt their fingers in the kitchen!). So, an oven glove is the best friend that comes to your rescue and in bright colours and types to choose from. Well, that only fusses up your job a little more. For, finding the perfect oven glove is a bigger challenge than getting that perfect evenly baked cake.
Throw away that kitchen towel, it will burn you
And if you are a new entrant into the kitchen, never go for the kitchen towel (professional chefs find it more useful as it serves a larger variety of purposes). Mitts and five fingered oven gloves are the best option. The oven glove may not be a versatile alternative to the towel but will avoid those unsightly scars. Gloves are also well suited for outdoor grilling and frying which involves high heat.
Although they come in all sorts of shapes and colours, oven mitts do not offer that perfect grip that an aga oven glove gives you. These are generally made of silicone and withstand very high temperatures. But these are rather expensive.
Silicone has always been the go-go material for bake ware and is also used in hand insulators. Silicone gloves are heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius) and water-proof. These are dishwasher safe and are quite easy to clean. However, these are stiff and hinder movement of fingers.
These are generally made from Nomex and Kevlar materials and withstand heat much like their silicone counterparts. Some also come with cotton padding adding to the comfort and have silicone stripes on the fingers to provide a better grip. It is easy to handle those hot pans and dishes. But the only reason they cannot replace your old silicone glove is the fabric itself. Fiber tends to wear out faster and it is difficult to clean. And if you love brewing that perfect cup of coffee or tea once a many time in the day, then a fiber glove is not for you. Fiber gloves do not protect against scalding injuries as hot liquid can soak through this material.
Steam Proof Gloves
These are longer than the conventional aga oven glove and also offer a five-layer protection along with the silicone grip. And their heat resistance is much greater (662 degrees Fahrenheit/350 degrees Celsius). Plus, they have designated left and right gloves giving the perfect fit to your hand.
The glove should be a perfect fit for your hand and also check the material, not too light or it will scald your fingers, nor too sturdy hampering movement of fingers. Several online tutorials boast of guiding you in making one all by yourself. Take care while sewing the two hands together. However, buying a silicone oven glove, though sturdier, seems the safer choice.