A few years ago I wrote a detailed review of various grilling gloves. One product not included in that review was the Mini Mitt made by Dexas International. You may not know the name but I know you know their products.
Who is Dexas?
Dexas International is a Texas-based designer and manufacturer of cutting boards, kitchen tools, gadgets and silicone heat-resistant items. Dexas designs products in vibrant stylish colors with an eye toward practical functionality. The company is also a leading manufacturer of storage clipboard cases that organize and protect documents.
In 1969, Dexas produced its very first cutting board in Dallas, Texas. By 2012, they had become the leading designer and largest manufacturer of cutting boards in the U.S. They are committed and proud to be ‘Made in the USA’. Today, 80% of all the cutting boards they produce – and 100% of their office products – are made right here in America to include USA-sourced resins, packaging, materials and services.
Earlier this year I wrote an article which highlighted an important issue at Dexas, food safety. They outlined how we can combat food born illness at home with a key emphasis on getting children involved.
I worked in a retail kitchen shop for many years and became familiar with the Mini Mitt but looked down on it disdainfully. However these mini mitts were always very popular with customers and my colleagues, so I felt compelled to use it and see if I agreed with all the fuss.
The first point of appeal for the mini mitt is the appearance. It’s kind of cute, like a puppet or Muppet mouth, with openings for the fingers and thumb. As you see above, it looks like the chopped off end of an oven mitt, resembling a multi-toothed duck bill as the top portion sticks out farther than the bottom, which is of course by design. The offset area formed by the fingers and thumb when you make a mouth-like pinching motion with your hand gives the mitt a puppet appearance. The Mini Mitts are made of heat resistant silicone; the raised nibs are specially designed to protect your hands while handling hot items. The joint or part that fits between the fingers and thumb has a thicker wall than the rest of the mitt to protect the hand from direct contact with hot trays or pans. You may see some comments online complaining about this area being vulnerable to burns, but I think that is a hold over from the earlier version of the product. The Mini Mitts are resistant to 500 degrees F.
The Mini Mitts can be used by right or left handed cooks and being made from silicone, can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher.
These Mini Mitts are most useful for cookie sheets or jelly roll pans when you only reach your hand into the oven far enough to grab the edge of the tray. The grip is more secure than I thought it would be and works great with cast iron pans which have short handles that get really hot.
The no-slip nature of silicone even allows you to use the Mini Mitt as a jar opener. Although the company doesn’t list this as a feature, I used it one night when I was wrestling with a stubborn jar lid and it worked.
To me, the mitts are perfect for use with toaster ovens which aren’t as deep or awkward to reach into as a normal range oven. As I cook with my toaster oven quite frequently, I reach for the mini mitt before any full length glove I own.
Dexas products, including the Mini Mitt are available in stores and online at Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel, The Container Store, Williams-Sonoma, Macy’s, Dillards, Sur la Table and other gourmet specialty stores.
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