This is another all purpose item. The rubber tips protect your pans from scratching and damage. You can use them to stir, to pick things up, to toss vegetables, to toss and coat meat, to toss pasta, in a pot, in a pan, in the oven. Everywhere. For everything. You pull the little clip at the end and they tighten up for compact storing. Not that it matters because this tool goes straight from my dishwasher to being in use. A must have item.