Maintaining a safe work environment for your kitchen staff is always one of your priorities. One of the most common injuries besides knife cuts is probably burns from hot cookware or hot surfaces on cooking equipment.
The problem with garden variety oven mitts is they aren’t NSF certified, which means they can become mediums for transmitting food borne illnesses to your employees and customers.
I know what you’re thinking: it’s just an oven mitt, right? As long as nobody gets burned while wearing it, what’s the big deal?
Companies like Tucker BurnGuard have taken the oven mitt to a whole new level, and the results are pretty impressive. Tucker gloves are NSF certified for personal and food safety, and different Tucker gloves are specialized for specific tasks in your commercial kitchen.
The Steam Glove protects in wet or oily jobs up to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. These gloves also feature a SteamGuard material that protects the wearer from hot vapor and water. They are of course waterproof and have a rough texture for easy gripping in wet conditions.
The SiliGlove is a silicone glove with heat protection up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The removable liner can be dishwasher cleaned and the glove itself is anti-bacterial. These three-finger gloves are 18” long and offer full heat protection plus superior food safety.
Quick Klean mitts are the ultimate combination of heat protection and food safety. Standard cotton gloves get wet and grimy and can transmit bacteria. These mitts are easily cleaned and have removable liner that can also be cleaned for maximum sanitation.
Buying Tucker oven mitts for your restaurant is going to be more expensive than buying standard cotton ones. However, the improvements in staff safety and food safety can make up the difference between a cheapie and a Tucker mitt. There’s also something to be said about the durability of a well made mitt. These Tucker mitts probably last through two or three life cycles of regular cotton mitts.
How has your experience been with Tucker oven mitts? Is the price worth the quality? Leave a comment below and let us know!