Tongs: an essential item in any cook's batterie de cuisine (useful for turning meat on the grill, too); here's a roundup of some favorites.
Above: Designer Sori Yanagi's tongs won Japan's prestigious Good Design award in 1998; above photo via Mjölk.
Above: High-quality Locking Stainless Tongs from German company Rosle will last a lifetime; prices start at $21 for a 9-inch-long pair at Amazon.
Above: We like the convenient hanging loop on Cuisipro Stainless Locking Tongs; a 9.5-inch set is $10.99 at Amazon.
Above: All Clad Polished Stainless Locking Tongs are $23.95 for a 9-inch pair from Metro Kitchen—and come with a lifetime guarantee.
For more of our favorite utensils, see Julie's post 11 German-Made Kitchen Essentials.
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This post is an update; the original ran on April 20, 2011.