Just when I’ve sworn off buying any more kitchen gadgets, along comes another must-have. And it’s just in time for grilling season. I’ve tried all kinds of grilling and baking gloves and mitts over the years and these heat-proof gloves from Trudeau are the best I’ve found.
While most oven-proof mitts are made from bulky quilted fabric that is only a little more flexible than a body cast, these are made from heat-resistant armaid fiber, the same stuff that is used by firefighters. They’re so flexible you can really get a grip. The palms and fingers are improved with silicone lines to make them even more slip-proof. They’re glove-shaped, too, which is an infinite improvement over the usual mitt (Serious question: Is the oven mitt the most useless invention ever? I hate it so much I just use a folded kitchen towel).
And, I have to admit, the fire-engine red color doesn’t hurt. You feel like a superhero when you put these on.
The manufacturer claims they will withstand temperatures up to 482 degrees. To find out whether they really worked, I heated an aluminum saucepan over high heat for several minutes, then stuck my hand inside, pushing it flat against the bottom of the pan. It got warm, but never hot.