Who Invented Tongs?

Ever wondered who invented tongs? Tongs are a practical and widespread kitchen tool that most people who love cooking have in their homes.

I dare you to start grilling without clicking them twice!

They are most commonly used to lift, move, rotate and turn foods when cooked over an open fire or stove. Some common examples include turning chicken pieces on the grill or stirring a soup pot on the stove.

Tongs were first invented for use by blacksmiths who often used them to handle hot materials with their hammering skills. The earliest ones were made out of wood, though today, they can be found made from stainless steel or metal alloys, depending on the type and intended purpose.

So, who invented tongs?

The credit for inventing tongs goes to:

Egyptians

The earliest known examples of thongs come from Egyptian texts dating to around 1450 BC. They were used with metal rods and tong-like instruments to cover objects over the fire.

Tongs or tweezers were also mentioned in the bible several times, for example, Leviticus 2:5

“You shall bring them to the priest who shall offer that which is for the sin offering first and wring off its head from its neck, but shall not divide it completely.”

It was also said that Egyptians used tongs made of gold to handle their idols.

Wonder who came to the idea to use them for food!

History of Thongs

After Egyptians, who invented tongs in other parts of the world?

No one knows who first used them to handle food. However, the practice quickly spread to China and Greece, who further developed metal tongs.

The Romans were very familiar with using thongs for cooking and handling other objects. They also started making sets of cast iron tongs optimized for handling different types of food.

Until the 15th century, we saw more development in modern-day kitchen utensils such as forks and spoons.

So, it’s safe to say Egyptians made this list of who invented thongs because they were the first civilization who used them regularly in their daily lives. They didn’t know at the time that they were actually inventing tongs. They certainly didn’t know the number of applications and uses of thongs in today’s modern kitchen.

Tongs Today

In the 20th century, who invented tongs? (the modern version)

The invention of tongs continued to progress over time with each civilization who created their design improvements that made them suitable for handling different types of food materials.

For example, the Chinese were known for cooking various dishes, including noodles, which require a pair of special sauce tongs.

Cooks also had unique needs depending on what kind of food they were preparing. Salad makers preferred rubber-tipped stainless steel tongs to avoid damaging fresh foods while cooking or serving salads.

Tongs are now produced by kitchenware manufacturers who design them for different purposes.

Modern tongs can be found in various shapes. They come integrated with bottle openers, serrated edges for cutting through food, spiked handles, silicone tips that help grip onto greasy foods, and more.

Types of Tongs

Many different types invented tongs depending on their intended usage, including:

Rubber-tipped stainless steel tongs

These are the most commonly used tongs invented for home use. They have a spring action that allows them to squeeze together and easily open again with a light grip.

Cooking tongs

Also known as “grill tongs”, cooking who invented tongs are specifically designed for use on the grill or in the kitchen. They typically feature an easy-to-grip handle, long length (for greater control), locking mechanism to prevent bacteria from spreading, and serrated edges invented for cutting through meat. Cooking tongs can also come with scalloped edges.

Salad tongs

Salad tongs are similar to cooking tongs, but they come with rubber-tipped tips and scalloped, serrated edges. They are commonly used for lifting and serving salads on a platter.

Serving tongs

Serving invented tongs feature extremely long handles and curved, scalloped jaws. It makes them ideal for picking up slices of meats that have been roasted or cooked on the grill.

Extraction tongs/spreaders

Those who invented tongs function like salad tongs, but they have wider jaws with teeth designed for gripping onto foods such as brownies and cakes. They can even be used to serve these types of foods directly from the baking pan!

Locking spring kitchen tongs

As you’ve probably guessed, locking spring kitchen tongs feature a locking grip and an easy-to-grip handle. They are the perfect addition for any home chef who frequently uses their tongs to lift and move food around the kitchen or grill topped with hot foods directly from the oven.

Food Handling Tongs

Food handling tongs, also known as scissor tongs (or “chip” tongs), come with long handles and angled jaws that can transfer foods such as French fries from a pot of boiling water into a colander. I wonder who invented tongs with food in mind..

These tongs are commonly found at restaurant supply stores because they work great for those baking potato wedges or onion rings in large batches! The best thing about transferring foods using this type of tongs is that they do not contact the food, eliminating the risk of cross-contamination.

Tong Handling Tips

It’s essential always to use tongs when handling food in your kitchen because it helps prevent germ spread by avoiding direct contact with fingers or hands.

Bacteria can fester on tabletop surfaces commonly transferred to cooked foods through improper utensil usage by people touching them with their bare hands.

Remember to keep a pair of cooking tongs near the stove for easy access while you’re cooking. You won’t have to reach into drawers or cupboards for scissors or other utensils that cannot be properly cleaned without dish soap. This simple step will help cut down on the number of knives that need to be washed, thus saving time and money!

Cooking tongs should never be used directly from the dishwasher. Doing so can expose you to harmful chemicals found in most dishwashing liquids which may cause skin irritation. Wash them by hand instead of using a kitchen sponge and a dollop of soap.

Do not put cooking tongs in the oven or other heat sources since they are not meant for use as a utensil explicitly made for handling hot foods! Always keep your kitchen tongs clean because bacteria from one food could spread to another if they’re not cleaned properly after each use.

If there’s any possible way, try keeping 2 pairs of cooking tongs around the house to make things easier. Keep one by the grill for handling raw foods and another set in the kitchen with your favorite utensil holder or drawer organizer for easy access while cooking.

Now that you know who invented tongs, you can brag next time you go on vacation in Egypt!

If you would love to see who invented other stuff around the kitchen, head to the Who Invented page and take your pick!