Oven Mitt Rebellion

Oven MittAll you left handed cooks, wave your oven mitt in the air! Oh wait. You can’t. Evidently, they don’t make left-handed ones. At least none that I could find. After repeatedly burning myself through my old worn out oven mitts, I decided I needed a new pair. So, I went shopping.

After visiting numerous places, I came to the conclusion that stores don’t sell pairs of oven mitts. (maybe they’re strictly online?) Anyhow, this is a problem for multiple reasons. First and foremost, I have two hands. Two. Not one. Two. I also have a right and a left hand. But much to my dismay, oven mitts are made for right hands only. Sure, I could just flip one of the right handed mitts over and use it for my left hand, but that’s just not the same.

If I were to follow the unwritten oven mitt guide, I would have to subject my left hand to burns, while my right hand enjoys all the comforts of protection. That doesn’t seem fair. My left hand has done nothing wrong to deserve such punishment.

Then, there’s the issue with large meals. Oven meals that I bake are usually put in a 9 x 13 pan. When I throw together a dish of enchiladas or lasagna, that pan gets heavy. Apparently the makers of oven mitts believe that every cook should be able to lift that pan with one hand. Should I be ashamed then that my wrists are not that strong? I think not. That is the very reason that I have two hands in the first place. One hand cannot carry the load alone.

Why is it then that they only sell oven mitts individually? Sure, I can buy a cute little set that includes one pot holder, one dish towel and one oven mitt. But, what am I going to do with that? I’d have to buy another set just to get a second oven mitt and 5 more to have a sufficient supply of everything I need.

Because of this finding, I decided to rebel against the manufacturers of oven mitts. I refused to fall into their trap by buying items that I didn’t need, or purchasing two oven mitts separately just to get a pair. I also didn’t want to support them and their lack of concern toward left handed people. I’m not even left handed, but that’s beside the point. So from here, all the way across state lines, I put my foot down and said “no” to every oven mitt I came across. I was determined that they would not win!

A couple months went by and I continued to fry my hands through my two right handed, worn out oven mitts.

Then, that fateful day came when I finally succumbed and bought the two right handed oven mitts pictured above. They jumped out in front of me right as I walked into the store. Out of habit, I looked at them and immediately said, “no!”. Then I saw the price tag. 98 cents! What a bargain! Although I still had to buy them separately, I couldn’t pass a deal like that up. Plus, I knew my hands would thank me.

Now each time I bake it’ll feel like Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving all year round! …minus the turkey.

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13 Responses to Oven Mitt Rebellion

  1. snoogiefisk says:

    I can’t stand oven mitts. I always manage to burn myself with them even though I’m right handed. I’m a pot holder kinda gal.


  2. April says:

    I’m a potholder gal as well. If I use the mitts, without fail, I stick my thumb in the food I’m baking.


  3. Glynis Jolly says:

    I’m a lefty. On top of that, because of the type of disability I have, the only hand AND arm that works is the left one. Whenever there’s something large in the oven that needs to be pulled out, I have to rely on my husband to do it. Of course, this limits when I can use the oven. If he’s not around to pull out the dish, the food is going to burn to a crisp.

    This may be an opportunity to make some money though. Making mitts for left-handers and making sets wouldn’t be all that hard. With help, even I could do that.


    • mewhoami says:

      Wouldn’t it be nice if they made automatic oven shelves that would slide out and lift up to reach the stove top? Then we could simply slide the dish onto the range and we’d be set. Wala.

      You have a good idea there. A person sure could make some money off of that. Perhaps I should work on my sewing skills. Where is my sewing machine again? Oh yes, in the closet, likely covered with dust. 🙂 Good idea!


  4. suzjones says:

    Can you not ‘flip’ the mitt so that it fits your left hand? Or am I being too simplistic and missing something?


  5. Debra Edmiston says:

    I want to make and sell left handed mitts,scirrors would be nice but not into doing them! I want to start them locally..I hate looking at the backwards design of a right handed one, I want kewl designs on my mitts!! Checked online, didn’t like the selection or the prices…would want to find a local place to sell them!!


  6. Debra Edmiston says:

    I want to make and sell left handed mitts,scirrors would be nice but not into doing them! I want to start them locally..I hate looking at the backwards design of a right handed one, I want kewl designs on my mitts!! Checked online, didn’t like the selection or the prices..


  7. P. Honeyman says:

    I don’t understand this new idea either. The majority of people have two hands – one left, one right. When I purchased, what I thought was a pair of oven mitts with a toucan on it and a tropical design from Walmart last week, I didn’t realize that they were both right handed gloves.

    What gives? The quilted side of the mitts should be on the inside of each, that is LEFT AND RIGHT mitt.

    I am going to use them anyway, but it’s a little weird if you ask me, when a set of oven mitts comes with one mitt, one towel and a square oven mitt which I never use.

    All those companies, which there are many, please go back to producing oven mitts that are a pair, one left, one right with the design on the outside and the quilted part on the inside.

    Anyone agree??


    • mewhoami says:

      So glad I’m not alone in this. It makes no sense whatsoever to have two right handed oven mitts in a set. One gets dirty, so we have a backup… that’s great! But, who removes a whole roasted turkey from the oven using just one hand?


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