Memo to people who set up buffets, salad bars, and cetera:
FINGER FOODS DO NOT
The point of serving utensils -- whether ladles, serving
spoons, or tongs -- is to keep people’s mitts (ie, their germs) off the food
that other people are going to eat later.
So if it’s soup, or cottage cheese, or even slices of cheese or roast
beef, then by all means give me a utensil so I can select my portion without
wiping my grubby fingers all over the stuff you’re going to want.
But if it’s things that can easily be picked up with the
fingers, then enough with the ****ing tongs, already. When we’re talking about cookies, bread, muffins, tarts, whatever -- tongs do the opposite
of what we want: they make everyone share everyone else’s germs, unnecessarily.
Think about it: I can pick up my dinner roll, touching
nothing but my own selected roll, and move on.
Or, I can use the tongs that everyone else has touched already, making
my own contribution to the ever-growing cesspool of bacteria growing on the
handle, for no gain whatsoever. Guess
which I choose… You’re right -- I choose touching my own food, and letting the
rest of you share each other’s diseases via the tongs. Enjoy!