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Archive for August 9th, 2011

Potholders Really CAN Hold Your Pots and Pans

Posted by terrepruitt on August 9, 2011

Pot holders, Nia teacher, pot protectors, pan holders, pan protectors, I have potholders and oven mitts that I don’t really want to use as potholders.  Ya know, they could be those ones that you received as a gift and they are pretty, but when you use them and realize that they aren’t really as useful as they are pretty because you can still feel the heat/burn through it.  Or you bought them as part of a set of hand towels, so they really are just for show because they are too thin to use.  Why yes, you COULD get rid of them.  But I would NEVER think to do that.  (See my last post where I state I have a house full of stuff.)  There are other uses for potholders.  If they are really pretty but too thin to use to keep the heat away from your hand you can use them for other things.  Or if you accidentally touched the oven element and just one little corner is singed you could use it for something else.  Some times the pretty ones work very well as trivets.  You might want to use them when company is over.  You just set them out and then place the hot dish on them.  Perfect.  The slightly singed one can be used as a trivit too.  It is really the surface that you are setting something hot (or even cold) on that you are trying to protect.  It doesn’t have to be pretty.

Pot and pan separator, Nia Teacher, pot and pan protectorWhat they can also be used for is separating your pots and pans. There are protectors specifically made for that.  I have some of those too (that is what the blue one is on the bottom), but I have a lot of potholders that have come with towel sets that aren’t that great as potholders.  I also have a few that I have connected with the oven element with.  In fact right after I took this picture one of the cat ones suffered that fate.  So I use them to separate my pots and pans.  I have found that along with the dishwasher the pots and pans scratch each other up a bit.  So I put the potholders in between.  I believe this annoys my hubby and I am sorry for that, because it really does help protect the pots and pans.  I think having a glass top stove has made me a little more aware of what is on the bottom of my pans.  A glass top is much easier to clean – to me – than a spiral element stove, but it helps if you start of with a pot/pan with a clean bottom.  Also it shouldn’t have any rough edges or gouges in it that can scratch the glass.  So I just like to use layer of protection between my pots and pans.

With the pots I try to get the pot holder to protect both the bottom of the pot and the handle.  We have some pots with handles coated in a thin layer of plastic and the pot edges scratch it off.  So I try to put the pots in with the potholder sticking over the edge.  Works with big potholders, but not really the small ones.

So if you are like me and you wanna try to keep you pots looking nice and keep them smooth for the stove, you don’t like to throw “perfectly good things away”, and you like to find new/other uses for things this might be one of those things that helps you.

What about you?  Any of you really crafty people have another way potholders can be put to use?

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