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What are Kitchen Tongs?

Buffet servers use kitchen tongs to serve food.
Kitchen tongs can be used to remove hard boiled eggs from water.
Kitchen tongs can be use to handle grilled meats.
Kitchen tongs can be used to grab ice cubes.
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Every well-stocked kitchen needs at least one pair of kitchen tongs. These versatile grasping devices are something no chef should live without. The handles are shaped almost like those on a pair of scissors, while the bottoms are flat so they can firmly grab a hold of food without causing any damage. Among other uses, these tools can do the following:

If you don't have a set of kitchen tongs, consider adding a pair to your utensil drawer. Use them to take hot muffins or toast from the toaster oven or to lift waffles from the iron. After a few weeks, you'll wonder what you ever did without them.

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GiraffeEars
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@ genevamech- The best tongs really depend on what you will be using them for, and the type of pans you will use them with. If you have coated pans, you definitely want to have a pair of silicone kitchen tongs, but these may not be the best choice for other applications.

If you grill or fry a lot of food, you should keep a pair of long handle tongs available for using on a hot grill and in your fry pot. Short tongs are better when you are working in sauté pans or with delicate items like fish. You get a better feel for the amount of pressure you are putting on your food, and they do not take up as much counter space.

Regardless of the type of tongs that you purchase, you should always look for tongs with a locking mechanism. They are much easier to handle and set down if you can lock them in a closed position when not in use.

GenevaMech
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What are the best type of kitchen tongs to buy?

Alchemy
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My kitchen tongs are one of my most essential kitchen items. My kitchen survival kit would include a whisk, tongs, spatula, chef and fillet knife, a spoon, an ovenproof sauté pan, and a lid. With these few kitchen utensils, you can prepare almost any dish with ease.

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