When I first saw this thing in my local kitchen store, my initial reaction was very much like that of any average guy. I wasn’t even really thinking about how you could use it, but rather that it looked seriously cool. It was something you might find in a physics lab to help you deal with liquid nitrogen or radioactive isotopes. It was “tech” gear.
Getting the cake out of the oven was only a bonus.
But how cool is it that you could actually reach into a pot of boiling water and safely draw out a handful of pasta… Not that I need to do that very often… okay, never. But that’s not the point! It’s neon blue!
But seriously, being made of some form of silicone, it really is waterproof. Forget the pasta for a moment and think sink. Yes, you can wash it off. I don’t know about you, but I’m a sloppy cook. My cloth oven mitts can get pretty disgusting before I get grossed out enough to wash them, and those things don’t handle a dunking all that well. Some literally fall apart.
But not the Orka. It was made for liquid. Accidental splash of spaghetti sauce? Just run it under the faucet and it’s good as new. It’s also several orders of magnitude better at blocking heat. With my cloth mitts, I just about had time to get a hot ceramic casserole dish up to the stovetop before my hands started to reach critical.
With the Orka mitt, it’s absolutely no problem. I had to leave my hand in a boiling pot of water for about 20 seconds before I even felt any heat.
Like I said, seriously cool tech. Get one and amaze your friends.