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Metal Tongs

Everyday Food, July/August 2004

Anyone who has ever wished for an extra pair of hands in the kitchen should try this multitalented heatproof tool.

Why They're So Great
Designed like giant tweezers, tongs can be used to hold and lift all kinds of food, hot or cold; they can also reach high-heat places, especially on the grill or in the oven.

What They're Used for
Tongs are ideal for turning meat as it cooks, removing baked potatoes from the oven, lifting lobsters and ears of corn out of hot water, or tossing and serving salads and pasta.

What to Look For
Tongs vary in length from eight to eighteen inches. Use what's most comfortable, though a long pair allows you to stand farther away from a hot grill. Look for spring-loaded tongs, which give you a firmer grip. Some of these also have a self-locking feature that keeps them closed when not in use.