My cast iron skillet has always been one of my most-used kitchen tools. I love it so much that whenever I'm at the thrift store and see other cast iron pieces I snap them up—I've formed quite the collection over the years. The only problem I have with them, other than the fact that they take a little more maintenance than non-stick cookware, is that the handles heat up and it's easy to burn yourself.
When the folks at Crucible Cookware offered to send me a set of their Silicone Hot Handle Potholders for evaluation I couldn't wait to try them out—they solve a huge problem in my kitchen. At age 4 my little guy is already turning into a budding chef. He's always in the kitchen helping me cook our meals, but like any chef, he likes to be the one in charge. I'm always worried he's going to grab the cast iron skillet and burn his hand, but using a Silicone Hot Handle Holder means I don't need to worry as much. The holder gets warm, especially if you're cooking on high-heat, but it isn't hot enough to cause a burn. This is especially helpful for the times when I get distracted and reach for a hot pan on the stove, I haven't burned myself in ages!
The two sizes of hot handle holders fit most of my cast iron cookware (I have a few mini pans they don't work on.) For my Lodge 10.25-inch Cast-Iron Skillet I use the mini holder. It's a tight fit, so I prefer to only use it on the stovetop only. It's great for preventing accidental burns, which is why I wanted the holders in the first place.
I have mixed feelings about the regular size holder. It fits my Lodge Square Grill Pan as well as a few others with the longer-style handle, but the fit is very loose. It has a habit of moving as I carry my skillet from the oven to the table unless I grab the handle closer to the base. I have to be very conscious of where I place my hand before I pick up a hot pan or skillet, otherwise I end up burning myself.
The last holder I was sent, the assist holder, didn't actually fit any of my skillets—it was much too large. It may work better with the 12", 13", or 15" skillets that Lodge produces, but I don't have one that large to test that theory with.
The Silicone Hot Handle Holder from Crucible Cookware isn't without its faults, but it definitely makes me more comfortable when I have my son in the kitchen. If you're looking for an inexpensive gift for the chief cook and dishwasher in your life or someone who has small children constantly running around the kitchen, this would be a nice product to consider—plus, it's the perfect size for a stocking-stuffer.
Where to Purchase
Amazon - Silicone Hot Handle Potholders
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