There is a better potholder. I designed it. Why, because of every reason that I described and more. I was tired of struggling with potholders that are on the market. I was tired of burning myself.
In 2001, while cooking a meal, I suffered second-degree burns to the palm of my hand and three fingers while I was using an older generic potholder.
After pulling a pan out of a 350-degree oven, I found myself with out a place to immediately set it down. Caught in the moment, I never thought to put it back into the oven. I was more concerned with clearing a place on my counter to put it down. I was in the groove. Those extra 5 to 10 seconds plus the condition of my neuropathy resulted in me not feeling the burn as a normal person would.
The next day, I went on the hunt. I was in search of a potholder that worked. By working, I mean one that would allow me to work with it on, so it had to have a high degree of versatility and functionality, deflect heat longer than a generic one would and look good too.
After a fruitless search, I didn’t give up. Instead, I got mad. After my tantrum, I purchased different kinds of batting, a few other things and salvaged some old 100% cotton fabric from my closet. I then dusted off my mother’s old sewing machine and went to work making my own potholders.
I used my first four potholders for over a year in my own kitchen. If a problem rose up, I fixed it and they haven’t failed me since.
On readying to attend a local craft show a year later, I assembled five additional potholders and brought them along. Four of them sold within 30 minutes! That was our first shock. I retained the fifth potholder and took orders for 30 more through the day. Our second shock came when a friend of ours, perusing the show, recommended that we patent our product. Once we received our patent pending status (our third shock), we haven’t stopped selling them.