One of THE best investments you can make in the kitchen is a good pair of heat resistant gloves. THEY WORK. And they’ll keep you from getting burned (unless you’re a complete nincompoop).
I tossed my old oven mitts away after I got a pair of these things. After using them for a while, I wouldn’t think of not having them in my kitchen. They give you most of the flexibilty and grip that you would normally have with your bare hands. And they protect your skin from anything that’s hot. Some of these gloves even protect you from being cut by knives or other sharp objects.
They don’t look like they should work, but they do. The photos you see with guys holding burning logs or hot pans are real. I no worries about grabbing my Lodge Cast Iron Skillet out of the oven when I’m wearing these. I can swap out the shelves in my toaster oven without fear. And you can even get gloves that protect most of your forearms.
They’re easy to slip on and off, except when your hands are wet. Then they tend to bind, because the materials they’re made from don’t have a lot of stretch.
That brings up another important point. Some heat resistant gloves have size options, so be sure to read up on how to choose the right ones.
The gloves I originally wanted were from Bluefire. But due to an unfortunate mixup with Amazon, I wound up getting a different kind.
In any case, do yourself a huge favor and find a pair of these that you like. There are many styles and manufacturers to choose from, so I’m not going to make a specific recommendation. But you’ll amp up the safety level in your kitchen by having them!