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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Does It Work: The Ove Glove

If you cook, you need something to protect your hands when getting food out of the oven. The Ove Glove promises no more burns, no more dropped pans, even at temperatures nearing 500-degrees. Can this mit really take the heat or should it get out of the kitchen? We try it before you buy it.

Chef David Pantone is the Dean of Education at the Florida Culinary Institute.

"A little salt a little pepper."

He spends hours at the stove.

"Here comes a little fire."

And has had his share of burns. So we asked Chef Pantone to test the "ove glove"

Very nice, stylish too, the synthetic glove is made of nomex and kevlar--which according to manufacturor make it heat resistant, protecting your hands up to 480 degrees. With the oven preheated to 480, the test begins. Chef Pantone donning the ove glove, removes a hot pan.

"So far that feels pretty good. Feel the heat now. Now it is quite uncomfortable."

12 seconds. Not bad, but how will the ove glove compare to a conventional cotton mit?

"No heat. Okay enough."

The cotton mit wins by 2 seconds. Chefs typically just use cotton towels.

"Okay."

The folded towel takes the most heat: thirty seconds. The ove glove's second claim, that it can withstand an open flame.

"The outter layer of the glove does not catch fire and does not melt. Wow. It seems that I have forgotton my hand on the fire here."

The glove is singed and smolders but doesn't flame-up, unlike the cotton mit.

"Let me see, put it out with this one, okay."

Obviously our test goes to the extreme. The box clearly states that the ove glove extends the time to handle hot objects. It is not a permanent protection against fire or heat. As for the style, Chef Pantone liked the gloves 5-fingered grip.

"It allowed me to have better dexterity but it is just not indestructible."

The ove glove is machine washable. It sells for about 14-dollars. It's available at major drug stores and online.

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