During parties, it’s all too easy to misplace one of the most important tools: the bottle opener. Next time you find yourself without one, sneak into the kitchen to try this substitute: Catch the opening that’s on the inside of a set of tongs on the edge of the bottle cap. Twist up, pop the top off, and take a sip. You’ve earned it.
Don’t have a citrus juicer? Don’t worry. Tongs can act as a reamer for lemons, limes, and oranges. Holding the tongs closed, stick the pincers into the halved fruit, hold it over a container, and watch the juices flow.
Do you live with people who are much taller than you? Do they keep putting your favorite cereal on a high shelf? The next time you need to access a lightweight kitchen item that’s just out of reach, try this easy alternative to pulling out the step stool: Grab a pair of tongs and reach for the stars (or pasta—whatever).
When carving a roast, you don’t want it to slide all over the cutting board as you try to tackle dinner. Steadying it with a large fork, however, punctures the meat and causes juices to leak. Using tongs to hold the meat in place keeps the juices inside the roast while you slice it.
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