A pair or two of kitchen tongs is a handy piece of cooking equipment that is a must in any basic kitchen setup; they can be used to turn over food in a pan, extricate pieces of toast from the toaster oven, fish something out of a pot of boiling water, or even reach something on the high shelf of a kitchen cabinet.
Here are some tips on choosing the right kitchen tongs:
- Tongs with silicone tips will not scratch nonstick cookware, and also might be better at gripping something slippery, although solid stainless steel tips can offer a tighter hold on foods.
- Nylon tips are also gentle on nonstick finishes, but they aren't as heat resistant and might melt if left leaning against a hot pot.
- Look for silicone or rubberized grips in the handle, which not only can help protect hands if the tongs get hot, but can also make them easier to hold with wet or greasy fingers.
- Spring-loaded tongs, as opposed to those with a scissorslike design, or flexible bent tongs, are more comfortable and easier to maneuver.
- Some spring-loaded tongs have a tab at the top that pulls up to lock the tongs closed for storage; the locking tab sometimes has a hole for hanging from a hook.
- Tongs range in size from 6 to 12 inches or more. You'll be able to have more control over shorter tongs, but longer ones are better for using in high-heat cooking as you'll be able to keep your hands further away from the heat. Longer tongs are also safer to use on an outdoor grill.
These tong options will suit every need: