10 Geeky Oven Mitts to Make Baking More Fun

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Next time you're baking, make sure your hands look good in addition to being protected.

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1. CACTUS; $26.99

cactus oven mitt
Yellow Octopus

Succulents aren't hard to care for, but oven mitts are even more low-maintenance. When you're not using it to pull things out of the oven, you can prop this mitt up by the window like a real cactus.

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2. ALLIGATOR; $29.98

alligator oven mitt
Magical Chefs

Turn your kitchen into a bayou and your hand into an alligator with this cotton oven mitt.

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3. PIXEL HANDS; $19.99

pixel oven mitts
Amazon

These retro oven mittens, which mimic the look of old-school computer cursors, are the perfect thing to bring a little throwback flair to your kitchen.

Find it: Amazon

4. BACON; $13.99

Bacon oven mitt
Etsy

Sure, most people fry their precious pork product, but baked bacon is pretty good too—and what better way to do that than with a lookalike mitt?

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5. LOBSTER CLAW; $12.97

lobster claw oven mitt
Amazon

When boiling up some lobsters, make sure to keep your hands protected—or else they'll end up as red as your dinner. The quilted cotton mitt is sure to be a hit with New Englanders and seafood fans alike.

Find it: Amazon

6. SPOCK; $9.99


Live long and bake cookies. This cotton Star Trek-themed oven mitt is perfect for Trekkies who love to cook.

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7. DARTH VADER; $24.98

Darth Vader oven mitt
Amazon

You may have turned to the dark side, but that doesn't mean your cookies have to burn. Use this Star Wars-inspired silicone oven mitt and be the culinary darling of the Death Star.

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8. BASEBALL MITT; $10.81

baseball mitt oven mitt
Amazon

Anything you make with these oven mitts is sure to be a grand slam.

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9. BEAR PAWS; $14.49

Fred BEAR HANDS Oven Mitts
Amazon

These cotton paws come with heat-resistant pads to keep your hands safe from whatever you're cooking. They also work great for picnic basket heists.

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10. BUBBLE WRAP; $15.19

Fred POPPIN HOT Silcome Oven Mitt
Amazon

Like precious cargo, these mitts will keep your hands safe from harm.

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7 Massage Guns That Are on Sale Right Now

Jawku/Actigun
Jawku/Actigun

Outdoor exercise is a big focus leading into summer, but as you begin to really tone and strengthen your muscles, you might notice some tough knots and soreness that you just can’t kick. Enter the post-workout massage gun—these bad boys are like having a deep-tissue masseuse by your side whenever you want. If you're looking to pick one up for yourself, check out these brands while they’re on sale.

1. Actigun 2.0: Percussion Massager (Black); $128 (57 percent off)

Actigun massage gun.
Actigun

Don't assume you need a professional masseur to provide relief—this massage gun offers 20 variable speeds and can adjust the output power on its own according to pressure. Can your human massage therapist do that?

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2. JAWKU Muscle Blaster V2 Cordless Percussion Massage Gun; $260 (13 percent off)

Jawku massaging gun.
Jawku

This cordless, five-speed massager uses a design that's aimed to increase blood flow, release stored lactic acid, and relieve sore muscles through various vibrations.

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3. DEEP4s: Percussive Therapy Massage Gun for Athletes; $230 (23 percent off)

Re-Athlete massage gun.
Re-Athlete

Instant relief is an option with this massage tool, featuring five different attachments made to tackle any muscle group. You can squeeze in eight hours of massage time before you have to charge it again.

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4. Handheld Massage Gun for Deep Tissue Percussion; $75 (15 percent off)

Massage gun from Stackcommerce.
Stackcommerce

With five replaceable heads and six speed settings, this massage gun can easily adapt to the location and intensity of your soreness. And since it lasts up to three hours per charge, you won't have to worry about constantly plugging it in.

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5. The Backmate Power Massager; $120 (19 percent off)

Backmate massage gun.
Backmate

Speed is the name of the game here. The Backmate Power Massager is designed for fast, effective relief through its ergonomic design. Fast doesn’t need to mean short, either. After the instant relief, you can stimulate and distract your nervous system for lasting pain relief.

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6. ZTECH Percussion Massage Gun (Red); $80 (46 percent off)

ZTech massage gun.
ZTech

This massage gun looks a lot like a power drill, and, similarly, you can adjust its design for the perfect fit with six interchangeable heads that target different muscle areas.

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7. Aduro Sport Elite Recovery Massage Gun (Maroon); $80 (60 percent off)

Aduro massage gun.
Aduro

Tackle large muscle groups, the neck, Achilles tendon, joints, and small muscle areas with this single massage gun. Four massage heads and six intensity levels allow this tool to provide a highly customizable experience.

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This Innovative Cutting Board Takes the Mess Out of Meal Prep

There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
TidyBoard, Kickstarter

Transferring food from the cutting board to the bowl—or scraps to the compost bin—can get a little messy, especially if you’re dealing with something that has a tendency to roll off the board, spill juice everywhere, or both (looking at you, cherry tomatoes).

The TidyBoard, available on Kickstarter, is a cutting board with attached containers that you can sweep your ingredients right into, taking the mess out of meal prep and saving you some counter space in the process. The board itself is 15 inches by 20 inches, and the container that fits in its empty slot is 14 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and more than 4 inches deep. Two smaller containers fit inside the large one, making it easy to separate your ingredients.

Though the 4-pound board hangs off the edge of your counter, good old-fashioned physics will keep it from tipping off—as long as whatever you’re piling into the containers doesn’t exceed 9 pounds. It also comes with a second set of containers that work as strainers, so you can position the TidyBoard over the edge of your sink and drain excess water or juice from your ingredients as you go.

You can store food in the smaller containers, which have matching lids; and since they’re all made of BPA-free silicone, feel free to pop them in the microwave. (Remove the small stopper on top of the lid first for a built-in steaming hole.)

tidyboard storage containers
They also come in gray, if teal isn't your thing.
TidyBoard

Not only does the bamboo-made TidyBoard repel bacteria, it also won’t dull your knives or let strong odors seep into it. In short, it’s an opportunity to make cutting, cleaning, storing, and eating all easier, neater, and more efficient. Prices start at $79, and it’s expected to ship by October 2020—you can find out more details and order yours on Kickstarter.

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