In Praise of the Humble Potholder

Dear Favorite Potholders,

You're so great! You're always there when we need you. You so generously protect our fingers from harm. You wear your burns and stains without complaint. You willingly step in as trivets when needed. Is there anything you can't do, really?This is one essential kitchen tool that we tend to overlook. Whether you use a handy kitchen towel or a grinning pumpkin mitt like ours, we certainly all reach for something when it comes time to handle our hot pans and dishes!

We've tried potholders made of silicone and other materials, but for some reason we always come back to our simple hand-knit and cloth potholders. Call us old fashioned, but we just like the way they feel in our hand.

What about you? Do you have a favorite potholder in your kitchen?

Related: In Praise of a Favorite Mug

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