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Tongs are a type of cookware used to remove food from boiling water (corn on the cob, for example) or turn over meat without puncturing it. Certain tongs contain a lock that secures the tongs when not in use. Although stainless steel tongs are the most common, plastic tongs are also available.
Tongs made of wood are also available to remove toast from the toaster.
Salad tongs feature a large fork at the bottom of the double handle and a spoon-like base. Serve salads with this container.
Canning tongs (sometimes referred to as canning lifters) are huge, heavy-duty tongs that are built specifically for removing hot canning jars from a canner.
Tongs are available in a variety of materials and sizes, ranging from little for retrieving food from jars to huge for usage on a grill.
- Substitution: A pancake turner is sufficient for meat. To remove pickles from a small jar, you can use a fork or spoon.