Oven gloves. Why have one when you can have dozens.
My preference are the small square ones with pockets that enable you to grip pots, pans, cake tins and baking trays easily. I’ve often used folded up tea towels, but they are too thin and don’t really protect you from the heat in the same way.
Funnily enough, each oven glove has a memory, I remember, often with affection, where I bought them. The stripey ones are from Ikea, which I bought several years ago, I have two of those. I love chickens and would love to keep some, and just had to buy a pair from Sophie Allport in Leeds a while back while out shopping with a friend.
My current favourite is the parrot which I bought from Zara at Home in Barcelona. It’s an amazingly colourful store, which is about to open in Leeds very soon. I’ll be first in the queue to buy more of these.
I can’t wait to start using the AEG oven sheet, that was part of a goodie bag when I went to the launch of the new AEG Steambake oven. I’m saving it until my kitchen refit is complete. It’ll be a much better use than folded up old tea towels and much safer to use too. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used a wet tea towel, which conducts heat faster than a cheetah and nearly dropped a few cakes and baking trays in the process of taking them out of the oven.
Tea Towels, Oven Gloves and Oven Sheets.
What’s your preference?