Monday was my birthday (we won't discuss the number), and to celebrate I went to Williams Sonoma with my Mom and bought a pair of $21 tongs. Yes I did spend that on a pair of tongs, but as I said: it was my birthday. These fabulous tongs are made by Rosle Sure, you can buy a set of tongs at the hardware store for $7.50 -- but they won't have this awesome action: when you hold them downward and slightly squeeze, they open up gently. Then when you hold them upright, squeeze, they close. Very easily (no need to bang it's butt on the counter.)
Here are some pictures of me doing this very thing:
Though I won't be winning any awards for photography, I think you get the idea. These tongs are also very grippy and did a great job of lifting my fried wontons from the pan without shredding them. (See previous post about wontons) However, I have to say that while these tongs are nifty, if it hadn't been my birthday and if I hadn't been feeling generous toward myself (not to mention slightly depressed about that number I won't mention), I'm not sure I'd have bought them. I mean, really, $21 is quite a lot to spend on tongs no matter how cool. If you've got the money, I say go for it, otherwise head to the kitchenwares section of your local hardware store and save yourself $13.50.