4 Unexpected Uses for Kitchen Tongs

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When it comes to cooking dinner every night, one tool I can't live without is my kitchen tongs, which I use to flip meat, toss stir-fries, serve salads, and much more. But I had no idea there were four more surprising uses for this everyday tool — including one that is especially helpful for short cooks like me.

Cook's Illustrated recently shared four ways to use kitchen tongs beyond the usual flipping and turning of food. My favorite: Use them to grab hard-to-reach goods. If you are cursed with high kitchen shelves and short limbs, you can use tongs to reach up and grab boxes and other light, non-breakable items from the top shelf.

Three other unusual uses for tongs:

  • As citrus reamers: Hold the tongs closed and push the end into cut citrus halves to juice them.
  • As bottle openers: Use the inner edge of a metal tong arm to catch and pop off bottle caps.
  • In place of meat forks: When carving a piece of meat, use tongs to steady it instead of a fork, and you won't puncture the meat as you cut it.
→ Read more: 4 Totally Terrific Tricks with Tongs at Cook's Illustrated

Do you have any other offbeat uses for kitchen tongs?

Related: The Kitchn's Guide to Essential Cooking Tools & Utensils

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