Surprisingly Handy: Tweezers in the Kitchen

Not all of the tools in our kitchens were originally intended to actually be in the kitchen. Like these tweezers. Who would have thought a medicine cabinet transplant would come in so handy around food?!

The original job of these tweezers was as "cat hair removal device," and this continues to be their number one use to this day. If you live with pets, dealing with their hair in your food is just a reality. I bought an extra pair of tweezers when I realized how frustrated I was getting with trying to capture stray cat hairs with spoons and cooking utensils. They worked like a charm.

But these tweezers have proven handy for plenty more kitchen tasks. They're excellent at snagging broken bits of egg shell and recovering measuring spoons that fall down the garbage disposal. When ingredients jump from the pan while cooking, I use the tweezers to grab them from under the burner before they have time to incinerate. I also use them when taking food photographs to move small pieces of food without disturbing the rest of the plate.

These tweezers get washed right along with the rest of my dishes and have their own spot in my kitchen drawer. A surprising addition, to be sure, but definitely a keeper.

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(Image: Emma Christensen)