July 18, 2010 - 11:59am
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
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.
Thanks, I'll look into getting ove-gloves. Now to find them....in Canada or someone who will ship to Canada......always a challenge.
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.
I agree, I've put ove-gloves on my shopping list.
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.
How interesting. Now I have a few things to search for. I'll keep you posted on my hunt!
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.
I second the recommendation for the Ove-Glove. Consumer Reports
Thanks for the information and consumer reports. Very informative.
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.
Thanks............I'm on the trail ..........I'll be shopping the local college's supplier tomorrow. Hopefully I'll find them.
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.
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.
If all else fails, this may be the solution. When time permits I may try to design my own. Thanks for the great tip.
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.
Dave Hurd, Hilo, Hawaii
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
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
Thank you Mimi for the tip. I agree, if you find what works, buy in multiples!!
Amazon has oven mitts for kids. I just ordered pairs for 2 of my granddaughters, and a pair for a friend with short fingers!