In restaurant kitchens and dining rooms, cafes, delis, and food service facilities around the world, the use of disposable gloves for food prep and service has become the standard. Health regulations may require protective hand, hair, and body coverage but, increasingly, restaurant management recognizes the need to demonstrate strongly to their customers that they are providing clean, safe food in carefully supervised environments.
Enter the black nitrile glove. Long a favorite of barbecue pitmasters and chefs who handle food high in fat content, as well as acidic and spicy ingredients that can irritate skin, disposable black nitrile food-safe gloves are prized for their durability and relatively tighter fit when compared to more lightweight styles of food service gloves. In addition, their distinctive color provides visible contrast that quickly reveals any tear or puncture that may occur. Today, they are gaining in popularity well beyond the realm of barbecue.
Why Chefs Choose Black Nitrile Gloves
Black nitrile gloves, like Tronex 9388 Series, are gaining traction among chefs who choose gloves not only for performance but also for style. Particularly in settings where food is being handled and presented before the eyes of discerning customers, black nitrile gloves perform beautifully both by masking stains and smudges that would be more highly visible against a white or light blue food service glove and by providing a dramatic contrast to the food itself as it is being prepped, plated, and presented.
The key features to look for in black nitrile disposable food service gloves include:
Textured fingertips that help provide an improved grip in both wet and dry conditions.
A high degree of elongation – the quality that helps the glove material stretch instead of tear. A glove with good elongation stretches and conforms to your hand, improving comfort and performance.
Quality production in an FDA-registered facility. Gloves that meet the standards of the FDA or other country-specific standards for safe contact with food are clearly marked as such.
The nitrile material – a synthetic rubber formulation – also offers an excellent alternative to latex, which may cause an allergic reaction for some people. The U.S. FDA has stated that nitrile offers the same level of protection, dexterity, and performance as natural rubber latex gloves. Powder-free disposable food gloves are preferred in most food service settings.