When the list of best-selling home items on Amazon this holiday season was released on Thursday, we weren’t exactly surprised to see most of them, including the Instant Pot Duo 80, the wildly popular $11 mug warmer from Mr. Coffee, and Keurig’s K-Classic coffee maker. One that took us by surprise, however, was a $3 silicone hot handle holder from Lodge—but after looking at nearly 4,000 5-star reviews, it made perfect sense.
As an accessory to the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, which itself is a kitchen must-have, the silicone hot handle holder is designed to fit tightly on the skillet without making it difficult to slide on. To use the holder, you simply slip it over the handle when the heat is off and the skillet is ready to be taken off the stovetop or out of the oven (never leave it in or over direct heat). Lodge’s holder is heat-resistant up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and it’s conveniently dishwasher-safe. At $3, this small holder (that comes in six colors) is a total bargain.
“A must for a cast iron cook,” said a reviewer. “I used to drape a kitchen towel over the handle to remind myself that the pan was hot, but this is an easier solution. Also, since it's silicone, it's super easy to rinse off.”
“This is the best way to keep from burning yourself on the handle of a cast iron skillet!” said another customer. “It's very easy to slip on the handle. It never gets hot, and it's saved my hands from being burned every time I use my skillet.”
As F&W editors once said, “The cast-iron pan is one of the most useful pieces of equipment you can have in your kitchen—especially when it’s cold out.” Accordingly, Lodge’s hot handle holder is just as useful. Whether you use your skillet to roast a chicken in the oven or to make some hearty mac and cheese, don’t forget to slip on this holder before you take it off the burner this winter.
To buy: $3; amazon.com