Eradicating glass jars from scorching water, be it a boiling canning bathtub or a lower-temp sous-vide state of affairs, all the time feels a little bit harmful. The priority, in fact, is dropping the jar. Even when it doesn’t break, dropping a jar from any top may cause the recent water to splash, and scorching water has been recognized to burn human flesh. To keep away from all this ache and struggling, you simply must make the tongs extra grippy, and you are able to do this simply with rubber bands.
Even if you happen to don’t work with scorching, moist jars, a pair of rubber banded tongs can assist you seize scorching ramekins of crème brûlée, or baked eggs from the basket of your air fryer. Cook’s Illustrated makes use of any previous rubber band for this job, however I wish to wrap the top of my tongs within the thick, blue bands that come wrapped round broccoli stalks.
These bands are thicker and, resulting from their swole nature, much less more likely to break when submerged in scorching water, or uncovered to scorching porcelain. They final for much longer than unhappy, puny office-model rubber bands, plus they got here wrapped round meals, which suggests they’re meals protected. Actually, I have no idea a greater rubber band.
Simply wrap it across the each ends of your tongs (see the picture above for reference), then seize and grip with confidence. If you’d like extra issues to wrap your bands round, attempt utilizing one to open a jar, or as a wallet. (Do, nonetheless, change the band if it begins to lose its snap. I’d hate so that you can lose your bank cards.)