One Simply Terrific Thing: OXO’s Stainless Steel Locking Tongs

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These stainless steel tongs from Oxo are an essential multipurpose kitchen tool - sized just right, sharp enough to grab small or delicate foods, and closes up tight to save space!


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A good pair of tongs is worth its weight in gold.

Like my beloved fish spatula, I consider tongs an essential multipurpose kitchen tool, because you can use them for so many things. Grab roasted vegetables off a sheet pan. Flip a piece of chicken in a skillet. Pull blanched greens out of a big pot of boiling water. Toss a salad!

I only have one pair of tongs, and that honor goes to this 9-inch stainless steel pair from OXO ($13).

Things I love about these OXO tongs:

  • The grippy sides feel secure in my hand.
  • The 9-inch length is just right – not too unwieldy, does everything I need it to, and still fits in my kitchen drawer. (But there’s a 12-inch size, too, if you want a longer pair!)
  • The easy pull-push locking mechanism still works great and keeps the tongs tightly shut when stored, saving valuable drawer or utensil crock space.
  • They really … grab. I know! They’re supposed to do that, but don’t tell me you’ve never had a kitchen tool fail to do well the one thing it’s supposed to do. (I certainly have.)

The OXO tongs are solid: the spring tension is neither too stiff nor too loose, and the sharp, angled stainless steel grabbers easily pick up small, delicate, or wet pieces of food (unlike some silicone-coated tongs, which are often too slippery to do that job).

In short, these tongs are fantastic.

Cheers to good tools!

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Cambria Bold

Cambria Bold is the Product and Lifestyle Director for Simply Recipes. She has almost a decade's worth of online editorial experience and know-how, first as the Managing Editor for Apartment Therapy's green living site Re-Nest (RIP) and later as the Design and Lifestyle Editor for Kitchn. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and their two little girls. And, yes, this is her real name.

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