chopsticks as cooking utensils
I keep several pairs of long plastic chopsticks together with all my cooking paraphernalia. They're so useful! I use them to pick up olives, pickles and other things in tall jars. They can be used to mix small amounts of sauces and batters. They can be used for flipping things in the oven. Basically, for almost anything I use tongs for, I can use chopsticks. And they take up so little space and are so easy to clean. I even have the japanese cooking ones for deep frying purposes. Anyone else do this?
I have a Japanese tempura pot that came with a pair of long cooking chop sticks. I find I use them many times when deep frying. Never thought about using them to get items out of a jar however.
I've never tried this (though I have a million pairs)--what a fantastic idea! Thanks for the tip!
I'm good with chopsticks at a sushi or Asian restaurant, but I'm hesitant to say that I'm as proficient with them as I am with tongs - especially when flipping over hot items in an oven. Good for you though, I wish I had the ability!
In my family, we used chopsticks for a lot of cooking tasks. They're particularly good for turning delicate things like frying bacon strips. Used them to scramble eggs, and to stir them around in the frying pan, too.
There's a type of Japanese tongs made of bamboo that are also good for more delicate tasks: http://www.fantes.com/images/4482tong...
I couldn't get along in the kitchen without chopsticks, and have pairs in lengths from about 5" (originally my kids' training chopsticks) to some that are almost two feet long. Varying thicknesses, too...I have a pair that are practically like drumsticks (musical, not chicken legs). The cooking chopsticks are all wood (mostly bamboo), tho...no plastic.
for stirring coffee and tea so we don't use every spoon in the house.
actually stirring anything on the stove
grabbing small amounts of condiments out of jars
grabbing one thing out of a pot when it's hot - better than tongs
poking through foil and plastic seals in packaging
they make great back scratchers right here by my computer...
great for eating anything when you are on a diet because you eat more slowly
great for working in the garden, planting seeds
held tulips upright in a vase yesterday
keep a jar full on the kitchen counter and grab them for a new use every day
Those do sound useful, but they count as cheating in this thread! If I only made toast, I wouldn't need any tools. My problem is, I'm more likely to shove leftover falafels and fried cheese etc. in there, gets a little messy...
Chopsticks are a staple cooking tool for me. I use bamboo - heat resistent, durable, and no slivers. They are also inexpensive, so if they get burned, or marred in any way, there is always another pair at the ready. Also, you can get the longer ones for deep frying and bbq turning.
The bamboo chopsticks can be used on non-stick surfaces.
In my kitchen there are clearly different chopsticks for cooking and for eating with.