Spaghetti tongs, also known as pasta tongs or pasta serving tongs, are kitchen utensils specifically designed for serving and handling spaghetti or other long pasta. They typically consist of two long, narrow arms or prongs joined at one end with a hinge or pivot.
- Serving spaghetti: The primary purpose of spaghetti tongs is to serve cooked spaghetti from a pot or serving dish onto individual plates or bowls. The long arms or prongs of the tongs allow for easy and controlled grasping and lifting of the pasta strands.
- Portioning pasta: Spaghetti tongs are helpful for portioning pasta onto individual plates. By using the tongs, it’s easier to control the amount of pasta being served, ensuring consistent portion sizes.
- Tossing and mixing pasta: Spaghetti tongs can be used to toss and mix pasta with sauces, ensuring even distribution of the sauce throughout the pasta. The tongs provide a convenient way to coat the pasta without breaking or damaging the strands.
- Draining excess liquid: Spaghetti tongs with perforated or slotted arms can help drain excess cooking liquid or sauce from the pasta while serving. The slots or perforations allow the liquid to drain away, preventing the pasta from becoming too watery.
- Handling other long pasta: Spaghetti tongs can also be used to handle and serve other types of long pasta, such as linguine, fettuccine, or vermicelli. The long arms of the tongs provide a secure grip, making it easier to lift and serve the pasta strands.