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Slotted Spoons

Everyday Food, January/February 2006

Keep one or two of these on hand, and you'll find them useful for a wide range of kitchen tasks.

How To Use
Use slotted spoons to lift bacon or other fried foods from fat, remove vegetables from hot water, and extract delicate foods, such as fish or eggs, from poaching liquid. Slotted spoons are indispensable when deep-frying and great for stirring polenta or oatmeal.

How To Buy
Spoons with large holes or long slots offer good drainage. Make sure they are made of heatproof material, such as stainless steel, wood, or heat-resistant nylon. A long handle is important to protect yourself from burns. The handle should also be comfortable and easy to hold.