Here’s a simple artifact that I love and that makes my life easier every day: bamboo salad “hands”. When tossing ingredients for salad or pasta, ordinary long-handled tongs or spoons are frustratingly hard to manipulate.There is always the temptation to drop those narrow instruments on the counter and sink one’s hands right into the food. But that’s unsanitary, messy, and even painful (in the case of hot pasta.) These inexpensive tools allow you to get in close to the ingredients– the next best thing to your own pair of hands. They are sturdy and so cheap that I keep several sets in my kitchen at all times.