I loved to cook before I started having problems with my grip. A growing collection of burns made me nervous about cooking, and the idea of dropping a pot of hot soup or my glass mixing bowls scared me out of the kitchen altogether. Then I discovered safe grabs, tools that helped me keep doing what I love safely.
Have you ever rewarmed a cup of coffee in the microwave and then burned yourself on the handle when you tried to take it out? I have.
I tried using a pot holder to remove the mug without burning myself, and was that ever a mistake!
The cloth pot holder made grabbing hold of the mug difficult, and it slipped halfway to the counter. Instead of a hot cup of coffee, I ended up with a broken mug, a second burn, and coffee all over my kitchen.
I’ve had instances like that all the time in the kitchen and throughout the home. Heat resistance and a solid hold on things is imperative when you are working around hot surfaces or slippery and fragile items.
Traditional pot holders and trivets come in all sorts of colors and cute designs, but they can develop thin spots or catch fire. Safegrabs have a solid construction, meaning they are resistant to developing thin spots that could lead to surprise burns or scorch marks on your table. However, they just come in two solid colors and are only heat resistant up to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
They are perfect for kitchen use, protecting your counter from the heat damage of most hair styling tools, or to put under a hot glue gun. But if you are looking for something to protect your hands or work space for hobbies like firing pottery or glass blowing, you will need something with a higher heat resistance.
Their flexibility, heat resistance, and unique design make them multi-functional tools. They are made from BPA free, food grade silicone with gripping ridges, making them perfect splatter guards as well. The fact they are dishwasher safe makes clean up quick and easy too.
Those ridges and the uplifted edges make them a major improvement over the old rubber jar grips since they hold tighter and are easier to pick up.
Safe grabs are constructed of BPA free, food grade silicone. This means they can be used to protect from contact with both low and high temperatures. Use them like pot holders to take a piping hot casserole out of the oven, or use them to protect your hands from prolonged contact with frozen foods while digging a roast out of bottom of the deep freezer.
They are heat resistant up to 475 degrees Fahrenheit and non-toxic at all temperatures. Safe grabs come in sets of two: one ten inch and one twelve inch.
So say you want to warm up a bowl of soup for dinner in the microwave. Place the bowl on top of the twelve inch and use the ten inch as a splatter guard. Once your soup is nice and hot, the larger one is there, ready and waiting, for you to use in taking the bowl out without risk of burning your hands.
Better yet, clean up is simple because with the smaller one acting as a splatter guard, the microwave is still clean. They are dishwasher safe, so all you need to do is put them in the dishwasher with your dishes.
One thing that sets safegrabs apart are the ridges on one side. They serve two purposes.
First, they evenly disperse heat.
Why is that important? Think back to the last time you used a traditional pot holder that was getting worn. Over time, the insulating material in them shifts, and this results in places where they do not protect against heat. Using a worn out pot holder can result in burns.
Each safe grab is made of food grade silicone, so there is no middle layer that can bunch and shift. That alone makes them ideal for use in heat protection, but the ridges add another layer. No matter the material, heat eventually transfers. The ridges evenly disperse this heat, preventing hot spots that could burn you or damage your tables or counters.
Now, remember they are also food safe. What do you think would happen if you placed one on top of a dish of hot food?
Insulation prevents the transfer of heat from something hot to something cooler. So the same insulating properties that keep your hands from being burned by a hot bowl can also keep your food from getting cold.
They might be useful in keeping ice cream from melting so fast on a hot day too.
Second, the ridges provide a strong grip.
The give silicone has makes it ideal for gripping onto things because it forms to the shape of the thing it's holding. Multiple, flexible ridges made of the same material magnify this trait. Should something slip off of one ridge, there is another one to catch it.
Glass or ceramic casserole dishes can be slippery. Safegrabs not only protect against burns when pulling your prize mac and cheese out of the oven, but they can help you keep a firm hold on it all the way to the table.
Then it can act like a trivet and protect your table from heat damage while the mac and cheese is served too!
The ridged side may increase your grip. I enjoy this fact because it means I need to ask for help less often. I can carry bowls and dishes with confidence, and I can twist the tops of most stubborn jars using them.
My grandmother used to have rubber grips to help open jars when I was little. She would become frustrated when trying to get them out of the drawer because they were flat, flimsy, and difficult to pull away from the bottom of the drawer. Safe grabs solved this problem with their upward edges design.
The edges of each safe grab are uplifted. This makes it easy to lift them away from any surface. When combined with the non-slip material and gripping ridges, this also makes them ideal place mats.
I find them especially useful when I have young visitors. When used as place mats, they keep dishes from sliding around and catch any drips or spills. Clean up is a simple matter of rinsing the safe grab or putting it in the dishwasher.
The BPA free and food grade silicone is safe for up to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. This means you can have them in the microwave with your food without worry it will melt or leech chemicals into your food.
How much easier is it to pick up a hot bowl if the pad is already under the bowl and ready to go?
Because they are food grade and are designed to be slip resistant, they make ideal splatter guards as well.
I did some digging around the internet, and the general consensus is Safe Grabs are a well made and useful product. People seem to love their versatility and durability. The fact they are easy to clean is another feature everyone seems to agree upon, so long as you don’t allow food to dry onto the ridged side. The main complaint I found was people want to see them in more colors.
Of course, no product is for everyone, so here are a few alternatives to consider.
Tovolo makes a vented microwave plate cover. It is also made of BPA free silicone, with the addition of BPA free plastic. It is heat resistant and dishwasher safe as well.
The cover is collapsible to save space in your kitchen, but it pops out to a maximum height of three inches. This allows it to cover a plate for reheating without coming into contact with the food.
The Tovolo microwave plate covers are individually sold. Each color option has a different price ranging from $7.99 each to $9.97 each.
• Tall but collapsible vented, microwavable dish cover.
• The cover is BPA free, heat resistant, and dishwasher safe.
• Trovolo covers are available in three colors, all at different price points.
You can check out the Trovolo Microwave Cover for yourself via the link provided here.
If you would prefer an all-in-one dish over a multipurpose tool to use with your current dishes, the Bakerpan silicone collapsible pot may suit your needs better. The lidded pot is constructed of food grade, BPA free silicone. Bonus, it is nonstick and dishwasher safe.
The dish holds up to 64 fluid ounces and is certified for temperatures from negative 40 degrees to 446 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a dish you can take from the freezer to the oven.
When not in use, the Bakerpan pot can collapse down for compact storage.
They are available only in purple for $19.95 plus shipping.
• It is a silicone dish with lid that can collapse down for easy storage.
• This is rated for both low and high temperatures, so it can be used to both store and cook food.
• They are available in just one color for $19.95 plus shipping.
Click here to check out the Bakerpan pot and see for yourself how it compares.
If you just want an alternative to traditional pot holders with a slip resistant coating, you should look at Grill Armor oven gloves. They are heat resistant up to a whopping 932 degrees Fahrenheit and are guaranteed not to catch fire or melt if exposed to open flame!
The gloves are machine washable for easy cleaning. They come with a hook for convenient hanging to always be in reach and a free e-book on grilling. They are available in three sizes: lady size small, extra long cuff, and one size fits most. However, all sizes are not always in stock.
The gloves come in four colors and sell for $25.95 per pair.
Those of you who need something to protect your hands at temperatures higher than 475 degrees Fahrenheit can check out the Grill Armor oven gloves here.
The fear of burns and messes from worn out cloth pot holders nearly kept me from enjoying cooking, but safe grabs changed all that. Their solid construction prevents surprise hot spots and helps protect my hands and home from burning and scorching. The way they grip onto dishes and hot tools can prevent accidents and helps me keep doing what I love.
I keep finding new ways they can be used too. Multiuse tools like these can save so much room in a small kitchen.
If you'd like to check them out for yourself, visit the link here for more information.