Preparing a great meal is difficult if you don’t have the right tools. Aside from a traditional utensil set, there are plenty of tools that help make your job easier. Cooking tongs are one of the kitchen utensils that enhance your cooking experience. They are especially helpful when flipping and turning food on the stovetop or grill. There are plenty of heat-resistant options, so you don’t have to worry about the end of your tongs melting into your favorite dish. Aside from cooking tongs, salad tongs are also helpful for serving up fresh salads. Whether you are cooking or serving, tongs are definitely a handy tool to have in your back pocket – or the drawer next to your stove. Tongs are all made for specific purposes, from cooking to serving and vary in material, shape and size, as well as design.
Not all tongs are made the same; in fact, tongs are made from a variety of non-stick and heat resistant material. The best tongs are ones that won’t discolor after cooking. Often times, kitchen utensils can stain from coming into contact with meat and vegetables. Most salad tongs are made from stainless steel or nylon, which are both stain and heat resistant. Once you are done using your tongs, you can pop them in the dishwasher so you don’t have to spend your time scrubbing the hard-to-reach grooves. Aside from nylon and stainless steel, tongs are also made from silicone. Most silicone tongs are useful for cooking because they won’t stick to your food and are highly heat resistant.
Aside from material, tongs also come in many different shapes and sizes. All tongs are made with two separating pieces that can be squeezed together to pick up and turn food. Salad tongs all have different-sized ends, which can be useful when handling difficult foodstuffs, like tofu or skinny vegetables. The tongs with large ends are best for salad. Salad tongs are great for picking up large groups of things, like salad mix, rather than turning a small, specific food item in a pan. Some metal tongs also have an opening on the end pieces so that they are easier to clean. If you’re cooking pastries, then you can also use pastry tongs that are especially made to hold pastry dough.
Tongs also have a wide variety of designs, from ones that are great at picking up bread rolls to others that are better at mixing salad. Salad tongs are great if you need to pick up lettuce and all the delicious fruits, nuts, and vegetables that you find in every great salad. Flexible tongs are great if you need softer tongs that won’t damage the delicate surface. If you enjoy drinking tea, then there are even special tongs that help you pick a loose leaf tea bag out of your mug. When you are having friends over for dinner and cocktails, then you can use ice cube or sugar tongs to serve your guests special drinks.
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Stainless steel cooking utensils
are the least likely to allow
bacteria to thrive, and very easy
to clean. The downside of
stainless steel cooking utensils
is that they can scratch nonstick
or cast iron pots; even when very
careful, you risk damaging the
cooking surface when using
stainless steel on nonstick or
cast iron surfaces.
Silicone is a type of plastic and
very similar to the material,
Nylon. However, Silicone has
greater heat resistance than
Nylon but less rigidity in
structure. Silicone is great for
scrapers, spatula-spoons and
other things that are fairly
thick, but a thin silicone
utensil can feel very unstable,
and will wear easily.
Wood is a popular choice for
utensils, such as spoons and
spatulas. Advantages to wood
utensils is that wood won’t
scratch even the most delicate
cooking surfaces, as well as wood
is a poor conductor of heat and
is therefore easily handled when
cooking, or heating food. If you
purchasing wood utensils, make
sure to buy ones that are treated
to inhibit bacteria growth, as
wood can be a favorable
environment for bacteria growth.
Nylon is a type of plastic, and
most similar to the material,
Silicone. Nylon will melt around
400 degrees Fahrenheit (varying
some extent brand-to-brand),
although most residential uses of
this wouldn’t allow surfaces or
foods to rise to that
temperature. Nylon is a great
option when buying turners, as it
can be thinner allowing for an
easier turn, or flip, and still
Bamboo is lighter than oak but
harder than maple; this makes
bamboo cooking utensils
lightweight and manageable, and
provides them with tremendous
longevity when treated properly.
Bamboo doesn't break easily, it
won't hurt your non-stick pots
and pans, and it won't absorb
odors like some other utensil
Plastic utensils are made to
avoid scratching the surfaces of
nonstick or cast iron pots, and
tends to be easy to clean.
Plastic cooking utensils,
however, are not as resistant to
heat as wood or metal, and may
actually melt if left in a hot
Rubber utensils are great for
scraping ingredients from the
surface of mixing containers and
for some lighter duty mixing
jobs. Rubber is also non-stick
and won’t ruin your coated
cookware when scrapped.
Porcelain or ceramic utensils are
easily cleaned and poor
conductors of heat so you don’t
have to worry about burning your
hands when using them.
Disadvantages to porcelain are
that it tends to chip easily if
dropped or banged against