In the test kitchen, our preferred method of shredding hot meat has always been the two-fork technique. It works well enough—but because the tines are so close together, we spend as much time dislodging backed-up meat as we do shredding it. It just got to be too much to bear (ha!), so we decided to try out the Bear Paws Meat Handlers, which promise to help us shred meat quickly while still protecting our hands.
Gadget name: Bear Paws Meat Handlers
It looks like: The Wolverine claws you’re taping to your hands for this year’s superhero-themed Halloween costume.
How it’s supposed to work: Grab ahold of the molded handles and aim the sharp prongs at your roast. It should easily shred the meat into similar-sized pieces.
How it actually works: This device’s thick, sharp tines and stay-cool plastic handles helped us shred meat quickly and easily. Its widely spaced tines also allow the shredded meat to pass through them without getting stuck.
Good to know: After a couple years of use, the tines are still sharp and just as effective.
My favorite part: Not only do these paws shred meat with ease, they can also be used to lift heavy items such as roasted turkey or beer-can chicken from hot pans and grills.
Overall: Save time and your fingers with this multi-purpose tool.