Kitchen tongs are a must-have 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 or that's fallen between the counter and fridge.
Tips on choosing the right kitchen tongs.
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Part of Rachael Ray's popular kitchenware line, this tong set includes a 9-inch and a 12-inch size. Each has silicone heads and handles that can withstand temperatures of up to 500 F, a tab to lock them closed, and they come in blue, green or orange.
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OXO's Good Grips Locking Tongs have a scalloped edge design on the head that helps grip food without piercing it. They are made of stainless steel, with a soft-grip handle and a tab to lock them in place. They come in a 12-inch size or an extra-long, 16-inch size, and OXO also makes a version with silicone tips.
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Ideal for very precise work or delicate items, like turning individual pieces of bacon or arranging garnishes on a platter of hors-d'oeuvres, these Rosle Tongs have skinny, pointed tips that are grooved to help grip food securely. They're 12 inches long and made of stainless steel.
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These versatile tongs can be locked into wide, narrow and closed positions, and the tips have a scalloped side for delicate foods and a toothed side for gripping bigger, sturdier items like steaks. They disassemble for cleaning and are available in 9-inch and 12-inch sizes.