Old-Fashioned yet Fashionable: The Granny Fork

Do you use a "granny fork"? To be honest, we really hadn't heard of this kitchen tool — at least not by that name — but it features prominently in Saveur's Top 100 List and Bon Appetit's list of the best kitchen gadgets of the year. It was a favorite tool of Julia Child's, and we all know how popular Julia and her kitchen have been this year!

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The granny fork, or turning fork, appears to be a very multi-use tool. It stirs, it tosses, it pierces, it drains pasta. There are a couple different sorts, though; the fork pictured at top is really what we think of as a granny fork. It's basically like a spoon with a fringed end.

Bon Appetit, in their roundup of favorite tools from the past year, says, "Julia Child loved this tool, and it's easy to see why. It costs less than $10 and it does a multitude of things from stirring to serving."

Sometimes you will find more pointed forks, like the one directly above, called a granny fork. But we would probably distinguish it as a turning fork.

Do you use one or both of these old-fashioned yet very useful tools?

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(Images: Amazon; Andre Baranowski)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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