The $13 Oven Accessory No Home Cook Should Be Without

published Feb 9, 2023
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If there’s one thing I’m notorious for (aside from making a mean corn casserole and a must-have pesto chicken), it’s burning myself when I cook. Yep, I’m that person, the one that always seems to touch the pan when it’s still too hot or, better yet, hit my arm on the edge of the oven grate when pulling something out of it. In fact, the latter has become such a common occurrence of mine that both my mother and I keep a bottle of Alocane in our respective fridges. Sigh. Now, aside from wearing long-john length oven mitts, I never really thought much about a possible solution to this problem — that is until I stumbled across a video on TikTok showing me that, in fact, someone had found a solution (I love TikTok). Say hello to the LeeYean Silicone Oven Rack Shields, the oven safety tool you never knew you needed.

The idea behind these shields is simple: no exposed edges, no burns! Made from a durable, food-grade silicone (heat resistant up to 446 degrees), the LeeYean Silicone Oven Rack Shields are designed to attach to the edges of your oven racks, protecting your hands and forearms from burns as you take things out of the oven. Offering a universal fit, you simply cut the shields to size, slide them on, and you’re ready to go; their snug design ensures they stay in place. Plus, they’re just as easy to remove come cleaning day and are even dishwasher safe. What more could you want?

Shoppers are absolutely raving about these rack shields, with one happy customer writing, “FINALLY! A product that prevents short me from burning my forearms on my double oven racks. I could have used these years ago! Easy to install, easy to clean. Great product!” Another shopper shared, “My boyfriend burns himself every time he cooks. Every. Time. I bought these to try to help and let me tell you, I’ve now had five meals with no burning incidents!” But perhaps our favorite review found was one shopper who loved these so much she gifted them: “Hallelujah! No more burnt knuckles getting cookies out of the oven! So glad to have this on my oven racks! I gifted a friend [a set] for her new oven, too!”

At just $13, you can get your hands on a 4-pack of rack shields. So whether you’re someone like me who is in desperate need of some extra burn protection or are simply looking to up the safety factor of your kitchen (they’re a great addition to households with children, too!), I think you’ll find adding a set of these shields to your oven will only make your life better. Now, where’d I put my wallet . . .