Another single-use (actually dual use — push and pull) kitchen implement for readers’ edification and amusement. Don’t you just hate it when you have cookies or cakes baking in the oven, and you try to pull the pands/racks out with a heavily protected oven mitt, and partially smush your cookies or cake with the unwieldy mitt? :) Not an earth-shattering problem, I agree, but whoever came up with the idea of an “oven rack push/pull” was pretty smart, in my opinion. I am particularly smitten with these hand-crafted, artisanal push/pulls done in beautiful bird’s eye maple…
I was at a food fair in New England a couple of years ago and spied a stall selling all manner of artisanal wood products from Vermont and New Hampshire, and these tongs were the goodies that I acquired at the stall, they were useful, unique and well, relatively affordable. Don’t ask me how much, as I can’t recall, but I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have paid more than $10-12 each for them. Notice how the artisan marked or signed each piece.
Almost too pretty to use, they are EXCELLENT at pulling oven racks and pushing them back in. But I have to admit, if I have a very heavy casserole in the oven, I don’t use the tools as I am afraid they might break. Besides, I just use heavy mitts to pull out the rack in that case as there is no risk of baked goods flattening syndrome. :)