A spaghetti tongs (also pasta tongs or spaghetti gripper is called) in the Italian cuisine frequently used kitchen utensils for serving and portioning of fully cooked, long pasta ( pasta ), especially spaghetti . The characteristic features are the serrated “teeth” on the two gripping jaws of the pliers, which are each formed by strong notches on the side, and the curved shape.
Long pasta such as spaghetti, vermicelli , linguine , maccheroni and ribbon pasta (such as pappardelle and tagliatelle ) are very slippery when cooked and can only be inadequately or hardly portioned and distributed with conventional serving spoons, etc. This has led to the development of special kitchen appliances, mostly made of metal .
Spaghetti tongs have two shovel-like gripping jaws with the described “teeth” with which the (cooked) noodles can be lifted out of the pot or bowl in portions and distributed. Different models from different manufacturers are available on the market, most of which are made entirely of stainless steel and some are also equipped with plastic gripping jaws . A model of spaghetti pliers that is widely used today is made from a single piece of metal and has six jagged “teeth” on each gripping jaw as well as a springy connection between both legs. This design was developed in 1951 by the Alessi company, has been manufactured and sold unchanged to this day and has since advanced to become one of the “most popular historical products from Alessi” . Replicas from other manufacturers have five or often seven "teeth" (see illustration) and some of the gripper jaws have different shapes.
Recently there have also been various models of tongs with adjustable metal handles and gripping jaws made of heat-resistant plastic , which are often used and sold as spatulas . Spaghetti tongs made entirely of wood, where the "teeth" mostly consist of inserted, short wooden pins, are rarely found.
The term spaghetti pliers is occasionally used to illustrate or counteract the mastery of a difficult situation. For example, Carl Hanser Verlag used VPN to design the book cover for the specialist book it published in 2005 . Virtual Private Networks. Communication security in VPN and IP networks via GPRS and W-LAN is a somewhat abstract (partial) representation of a pair of spaghetti pliers . In the play (Über) Lebenskünstler , which was performed in the Schwankhalle in Bremen at the end of 2007 , the "fiddling with spaghetti pliers" served, among other things, for the scenic design of "life under precarious omens " and the observed "virtuosity in coping with everyday life" . In a similar way, the - here somewhat tragicomic - use of spaghetti pliers was described in the radio play " Muddling through in Germany" produced by Südwestrundfunk in 2004 . How Pia and I ran out of money in precarious life situations.
In an essay on the catalog of goods periodically published by the mail-order company Manufactum and its literary qualities, the publicist Frank Müller addressed, among other things, the reflection of special properties of a product in its catalog description, using the description of a spaghetti tong as an example of the stylistic text security:
- "Spaghetti pliers. Grips slippery pasta with a secure grip. "
- ↑ See information from the company Ambiente Bonita ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. and Gourmantis ( Memento of the original from January 29, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- ↑ Wolfgang Böhmer: VPN. Virtual Private Networks. Communication security in VPN and IP networks via GPRS and W-LAN . 2., revised. Ed., Hanser, Munich a. a. 2005, ISBN 3-446-22930-2 .
- ↑ Schwankhalle presents: (About) Lebenskünstler , brief description on bremen.kijiji.de (accessed February 5, 2008)
- ↑ Muddling through in Germany. How Pia and I ran out of money ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Radio play by Regina Burbach, production by SWR , first broadcast on SWR2 on February 17, 2004 ( HTML file, accessed on February 5, 2008)
- ↑ In the realm of things. The Manufactum catalog: a look back at a past era or a vanguard of the coming? ( Memento of the original of December 18, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Essay by Frank Müller, published in: Wespennest , No. 121: Kulturbetrieb , Wien 2000, pp. 69–73 (offline on April 27, 2012).