Tongs

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Tongs

These sturdy, often underappreciated grabbers can cost $35 or $3.50. While some cooks, like Rizzo, like ones with rubber tips to get a good grip on food, a basic model will work fine. Just make sure the edges curve in slightly; flat tips won't hold on tightly to the slippery chicken or peppers you're grilling or sautéing. Other necessary features: a nice, tight spring and a lock (a must for storage).
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