It’s generally a good idea to wear an apron while cooking, not because it helps propagate a ’50s lifestyle but because grease splatters hurt and can wreck your clothes. Or catch them on fire. In theory. I totally have not nearly been accidentally lit on fire by grease splatters. Hey look, this apron has oven mitts built into it!
In the details, it’s a fairly straightforward kitchen tool. The top half is what you’d expect from an apron; thick cloth, strings, the usual stuff you find. The bottom half, however, is split down the middle, creating an effect not unlike chaps, but thankfully lacking in any of the connotations of wearing chaps around the house. Really, you should not be playing any form of cowboy in the kitchen. Especially naked, because grease splatters on the crotch really hurt. A friend told me, that’s how I know.
The mitts, complete with thumbs, are sewn at the bottom, and there’s a nice slight texture to the outside of the mitts as well, for extra flex and grip. So, when you’ve got a hot pot you need to drain, or just yank off the stove, just put your hands down the front and lift. It also means you’re not running around looking for a mitt while you’ve potentially got something about to burn on the stove, and they’re also not taking up room on your pot rack you could save for other important kitchen tools, like fire extinguishers.
The main downside seems to be that it’s limited in terms of colors to navy or black, so anybody who wants something different will have to make it happen after the fact. But, considering all the savings you’ll pull in on personal burn injuries, this looks to be well worth the $28 otherwise.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.