A spider skimmer is the very best device for scooping things out of hot oil, taking far less oil with it than any other device. If I'm frying something in very shallow oil, I often use the flat slotted turner to load items into the spider to drain a few seconds before transferring them to drain on paper towels.
The spider is also great for scooping things out of boiling water. Water slips through it so smoothly that floating items have no warning until it's too late to get away.
The all stainless steel type shown in the photo is less picturesque than the traditional Chinese versions made with laced wire, but is far easier to clean. This type is now commonly available in Asian markets here in Los Angeles.
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