Can I use silicone tongs in hot cooking oil?

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asked Apr 7, 2020 in Cooking by 20209 (200 points)
Can I use silicone tongs in hot cooking oil?

Can silicone tongs be used in hot cooking oil?

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answered Apr 8, 2020 by 071042 (440 points)
Silicone tongs and other silicone cooking utensils have a pretty high heat resistance.

And as long as you only dip the silicone tongs in the hot cooking oil momentarily for only a few seconds then the silicone tongs should be okay and not melt.

However if you were to leave the silicone tongs in the hot cooking oil for a minute or longer then eventually the silicone tongs may start melting.

And then there's the issue of the silicone getting into the cooking oil which could contaminate the food.

I would recommend using metal tongs in hot cooking oil but if you have to use the silicone tongs in the hot cooking oil only do it for a few seconds at most.

Don't leave the silicone tongs in the cooking oil too long and it should be fine.

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