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Tongs and cooking forks are essentials in the kitchen for all things related to lifting, gripping, and flipping hot food. They act as extensions to your hands in the kitchen and make it much easier to handle blazing hot food as opposed to using a shorter utensil that will leave you exposed to the sizzling oil nearby. Kitchen tongs function varies from the shape and size of the tongs that you choose. The most common type of kitchen tongs have flared, spoon-shaped ends that easily allow the gripping of food, especially on a grill. You can encounter kitchen tongs that have relatively sharp and flat ends that are used for more precision related tasks. Another type of tongs are scissor tongs that easily resemble scissors at first glance, but they do not actually cut anything. They are made especially for tightly gripping delicate or slippery ingredients such as rice or noodles. The most common, and arguably best, kitchen tongs are those with flared, large silicone ends since they are the most versatile. These are all of the kitchen tongs functions you can carry out with a pair: turning, extending, pulling, flipping, and grabbing.
If kitchen tongs exist and are considerably versatile, then what is a kitchen fork used for? And why can’t you substitute them with regular tableware forks? To start, kitchen forks are much longer and durable than the forks in your cutlery set. They also commonly have two prongs instead of three, resembling a pitchfork. These prongs, in their turn, are also much longer than a traditional fork: anywhere from 2 to 3 inches. A kitchen fork is exceptionally useful in the case of cooking steaks, grilling sausages, and other types of lean meat. You can use it to easily pierce the meat and hold it in position as you cut it, which is more difficult to achieve with tongs. Furthermore, a kitchen fork comes in handy for piercing holes in the meat to check for tenderness.