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OVEN MITTS FOR SMALL HANDS

Caperchick's picture
Caperchick

OVEN MITTS FOR SMALL HANDS

I have small hands and find it hard to use the oven mitts that are on the market.  I feel like a moppet when I use them and find it hard to pick up anything easily.  Is there such a thing as a close fitting oven mitt that is very protective and heat resistant?


Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated


Regards.............Lyn

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LindyD

Oven mitts, IMHO, are useless because you can't get a good grip on anything since your fingers are squashed in the mitt.


The  Ove-Glove might work for you even though they only come in one size.  They are thinner than the standard oven mitt, but are really heat resistent and give you a lot of flexibility.

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Caperchick

Thanks, I'll look into getting ove-gloves.  Now to find them....in Canada or someone who will ship to Canada......always a challenge.


Thanks..............Lyn

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EvaB

stores should have them as they are a seen on TV thing, I've seen them at both my local stores, they are expensive at somewhere around $14 for a single glove, but worth it, if you hate mitts.

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Caperchick

I agree, I've put ove-gloves on my shopping list. 


Thanks............Lyn

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possum-liz

The cafe I once baked for had large square 'pot holders' made of a very heavy terry towelling material. The had a slit a couple of inches from one edge. You slipped you hand through the slit so you didn't drop the holder.  It took me a bit to get used to them but they were very effective.

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Caperchick

How interesting. Now I have a few things to search for.  I'll keep you posted on my hunt! 


Thanks..............Lyn

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Caperchick

How interesting.  I am going to try a store that sells uniforms etc to our local community college cooking school.  I may find them there.  Thanks for the tip.


Regards..............Lyn

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alabubba

I second the recommendation for the Ove-Glove. Consumer Reports

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Caperchick

Thanks for the information and consumer reports. Very informative.


Thanks....................Lyn

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yozzause

We used to make our own from flour bags when it came in hessian 150 lbs bags that all ended when first they went to the plastik weave and now flour is in much smaller paper bags.


As the 2 previous comments stated they can be purchased in a heavy terry toweling and your hands slip through the advantage is when you are handling cold trays loading an oven they hang from your wrists and you can use your fingers, when you need to handle  hot tins or trays  you just swing them around to protect your palms. they also can cool quickly if you are manning an oven for a shift. 


I have just bought some for the college as the chefs tend to use tea cloths an in variably if they are the sligtest damp you can get a steam burn or at least a rapid transfer of heat. it didnt take long to convince  the ones handling large trays of rolls and buns  which worked best.    


Regards YOZZA

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Caperchick

Thanks............I'm on the trail ..........I'll be shopping the local college's supplier tomorrow.  Hopefully I'll find them.


Thanks...........Lyn

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Caperchick

How things change.  Not many of us could even attempt to make them.  Though it makes me want to dig out my sewing machine and I'm sure I have teflon coated material around somewhere!  I will check out some kitchen supply stores on line as where I live, there is limited shopping.  God Bless the internet.


Thanks..............Lyn

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Urchina

Wool is a pretty good insulator, wet or dry, and it doesn't burn easily. So if you're a knitter or crocheter, you might be able to knit or crochet your own and then felt them for thickness. They would be slick, but might work just as well as cloth ones and be easier to customize. 

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Caperchick

If all else fails, this may be the solution.  When time permits I may try to design my own.  Thanks for the great tip.


Regards....Lyn

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hilo_kawika

I never thought I had small hands until I tried on the oven mitts at WalMart and Ross.  Luckily for me my wife can sew. She recycled a cottom batting mattress cover and made a pair of mitts for me which work quite well. 


I can now handle 450 F Dutch ovens with ease, comfort and safety.  The mitts also extend well beyond my wrist so forearm burns are also prevented.


  aloha,


Dave Hurd, Hilo, Hawaii

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Caperchick

Well Dave, it's nice to be spoiled.  I may convince my husband to sew me a pair!  He actually suggested maybe small welding gloves would do the job.  It's certainly an avenue to explore!


As I previously stated, when I have the time I will design my own mitts for sure. Thanks for your info.


"Slàinte mhòr agad!" 


 (Cheers) in Scotch Gaelic.................Lyn, Cape Breton Nova Scotia Canada

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mimifix

Greetings, Caperchick! Your hands are small but capable, right?


I know how hard it is to find decent mitts. I bake almost every day and I, too, prefer the oven mitts and have small hands. I've tried the ove-gloves but find it's not comfortable for me.


I keep a mental note to look for oven mitts when I'm out shopping and try on different pairs whenever I see ones that look smaller than usual. Occasionally a mitt actually fits; then I purchase several and put them away for later use.


Best regards, Mimi

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Caperchick

Thank you Mimi for the tip.  I agree, if you find what works, buy in multiples!!


Regards............Lyn

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HuskerMychal

I have the same problem, but in reverse. At six foot ten my hands are to large for almost all oven mitts. Fingers don't fit well, size 16 ring finger and they are too long and wide too. As a example, I can pick up a basketball with just my thumb and pinkie. What I found works for me a is a nice new set of welding gloves. I have seen these in sizes fro XS to XXL. Thancks to Alton Brown for this tip :-D

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Caperchick

What an interesting reply.  Kneading bread must be a breeze for you!  My husband suggested welding gloves to me and I had my doubts, but no more. Thank you for the tip.  I'll be going to a welding supply store tomorrw to take a look and see what's available.


It's so amazing how much one can learn on this website!


Regards.....................Lyn

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HuskerMychal

Lyn,


Kneading USED to be a breeze. But now, because of Diabtescausing neuropathy in my hands and feet bad it hurts to much to knead. My Kitchen Aide does most the hard work for me. Hope you find a good set of gloves. I keep a couple pars around. One outside for grilling too. The nice long cuffs are good to have to keep heat off the arm when grilling steaks in the back of the bbq or when having to reach in back of the oven with a peal to grab that pizza that got slide in a bit to far.


 ٩(-̮̮̃- ̃)۶


Mychal

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EvaB

from neuropathy but my dr tells me to get my sugars lower and the pain will probably receed as well. So far its working, but it does mean keeping my carbs lower as well, the thing is if you have it in your hands and feet, you can have it in kidneys and gut as well, and that is not good at all! So I am working at keeping my sugar levels down, don't always win, but the days I can manage it low, are good days for me.


I can't knead bread well because of my wrists and shoulders which have always given me hell, they simply don't like doing heavy work of any sort and never have, since when I was a teen, my left hand wouldn't even pick up an empty coffee mug without it almost falling out of my hands.


So I am happy to let the mixer do the work, and work ont he five minute a day breads, at least they are better than store bought!

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BakingJay

Lyn I have the same basic problem and have basically given up on mitts all together (or gloves for that matter) so please let me know what you find....


 


I've basically adapted to just using a towel folded or two but man would it be great to have something I didn't constantly fiddle with....well you know that didn't make me fell like I was working as a Toon cahracter at Disney World every time I wanted to pull something out of the over....

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Caperchick

Well to be perfectly honest, I haven't found anything yet.  The "ove-glove" that is highly priced at $20 a glove may be the answer, but I still found them a little big.  So I'm still using a pair of heavy muppet oven mitts,  So the hunt continues. 


Regards............Lyn

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BakingJay

well if I find anything I'll be sure to post too!