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Cool Touch Oven Rack Guard

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Cool Touch Oven Rack Guard

We all try to be as careful as possible when working in the kitchen. Hot pans, ovens, utensils and often boiling water are everywhere and can easily cause the occasional (or more than occasional) burn. Even if you have hands of stone, a burn is never fun and should be avoided at all costs. Potholders and dishtowels can help to protect your hands from most hot surfaces, but often the accidental burns are the ones that are most difficult to avoid. I’ve burned myself on the inside of my oven door before and a potholder wouldn’t have helped, nor would it have helped on the occasions my wrist has come in contact with a hot oven rack when I’m trying to fiddle with an oven thermometer. These Oven Rack Guards, on the other hand, definitely would have.

The guards are fabric and fit over the exposed edges of just about any oven rack, putting a barrier between the rack and your skin at a place where they are otherwise likely to meet. The fabric is DuPont Nomex, a flame-resistant fabric originally developed for (and is still used by) firefighters back in the 1960s. They’re washable and can be left in the oven for all normal use, although they should be removed when the broiler is being used or when you are running he “clean” cycle on the oven.

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  • melissa
    June 26, 2008

    oh god, that’s such a good idea! I’ve got a couple burn scars on my wrists that could’ve been prevented by this… 🙁

  • commonplaceiris
    June 26, 2008

    Those are exactly what I need, I have so many little scars from burning myself getting things out of the oven!

  • breadchick
    June 26, 2008

    OH I need these!!!

  • giz
    June 26, 2008

    I love this idea. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened the oven door, been distracted and went to reach in without so much as my oven mitts. I know – it’s crazy – but what can I say. This would be a secondary reminder for me. Love it.

  • Julia
    June 27, 2008

    Brilliant idea!! Seriously, I cannot even count how many times have I burnt my hands, wrists, and fingers trying to get things in and out of the oven and did I ever once think of such a wondrous invention?! All I can picture is Bart Simpson getting electrocuted over and over…ouch! ouch!

  • Dr. Biggles
    June 27, 2008

    OH man, but I love my burn scares. It’s kinda like a tatoo, but easier.

    Go take a look at what I did in my kitchen oven the other day. Not sure what it’d do to your cookies, cakes, croutons and such. Tee hee.


  • rainey
    June 28, 2008

    Oh god! do I need these!

    I had planned a drive up to Sur la Table for tomorrow anyway. I’m hoping they’ll have them.

  • Becky
    July 4, 2008

    I’m a big fan of your blog but this is my first time commenting. This is a fabulous idea — I could have used these a few years ago when my eldest (now 10-1/2) first started baking. She was so afraid of burning herself that it took her several years to work up the nerve to make cookies by herself. Putting pans in the oven, but taking them out is another thing entirely. Thanks so much for this, and for all the wonderful posts!

  • Tricia
    January 3, 2010

    Simple and brilliant. Have to get some.

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