Spatula meets scraper meets tongs in this platypus-style tool from Oxo. With its soft-grip, nonslip, stainless-steel arms that end in flexible, heat-resistant flippers, it's a multifunctional tool. Use it like a spatula for lifting and turning even delicate foods such as fish fillets. Use it to deglaze a pan, scraping up crusty bits with the straight, firm front edges. Or use it for all the things you use tongs for. These 12-inch tongs are dishwasher safe and lock closed for convenient storage.
Oxo Good Grips Silicone Flexible Tongs, $15 at Cookin' Stuff in Torrance, (310) 371-2220; or from Oxo at (800) 545-4411, www.oxo.com.