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What is this device?

I don’t know if it has an official name, but it’s a spaghetti tool. The holes are for measuring portions and the tines are for stirring in the boiling water and for serving after it’s strained.
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What could this utensil pair be used for?

The handle of the round plastic object feels really distinctive to me. It would clearly work with a normal hammer-like grip, but it also has the thumb-print inviting the user to choke the grip up ...
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Why do my silicone spatulas melt in frying oil?

If the products are melting and falling apart in hot oil at cooking temperatures I think you have experimentally confirmed that they are not food grade silicone. Food-grade silicone should be ...
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What is this oddly shaped hinged device with indentations?

It's a lemon/lime wedge juice squeezer. Only place I've ever really seen them used is in British Indian restaurants. Pop a wedge in the gap, squeeze the handles, juice can be poured with reasonable ...
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Why do metal utensils scrape teflon pans more than wooden?

Metal is a lot harder than wood, which means when it hits another surface, it won't deform on a microscopic level the way wood does. This means that, while a wood utensil rubbing against a nonstick ...
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What is this elongated plastic and metal utensil?

It's a handle that has become unbolted from the pot it was attached to. For example, with that angle it would fit a wok. It may even be intentionally removable.
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What is this utensil for?

My google-fu powers tell me that yes, it's indeed a mini cake divider. You put it on top of the cake and slice through the slits to get uniformly sized cake slices.
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Why is this spoon bent sideways

If it is normal table spoon or dessert spoon sized, it is a spoon adjusted for people with limited mobility. When adjusting for an individual, you would usually adjust the plastic as that is easier, ...
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What is a salad knife?

I've been involved in table setting for pretty formal (British) dinners, and what those images are calling salad cutlery I would just call starter cutlery. I don't mean to suggest that the term 'salad ...
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Why is this spoon bent sideways

The same kind of spoon is also sold as “learning spoon” for small children that start feeding themselves. The key is that these angled spoons can be held by grabbing the handle with the fist, which ...
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What is this cooking utensil labeled "Orka by Mastrad" and "1 ml = 1 pinch"?

This is a single salad tong, as seen here Notice the way the two tongs connect at the handle, and how the nearer one has the same shape as the poster's image.
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Which utensil or device can be used to make spirals or conveyor screws with vegetables?

My favorite tool is a spiral cutter sold for apples or potatoes, here’s an example. (Source) A tiny screw-plus-rotating-knife gadget is often used for Bavarian radish spirals, e.g.: (Source) Note ...
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Garlic press with minimum force required

Not really an answer to your question, but a possible alternative - why not frozen garlic? I use a lot of fresh, but there are 2 different sorts of frozen I use too - one is Indian in origin & ...
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What is this elongated plastic and metal utensil?

To me it looks like this is a grill pan handle. These are used to lift the (potentially hot) grill pan under the grill. Many are detachable so that the handle doesn't get hot. There are other that are ...
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When does a spatula or spoon become sterile during cooking?

Making stuff sterile, in the medical sense, i.e. pathogen-free, is incredibly hard. You basically need an autoclave, and of course tools that withstand prolonged exposure to high pressure steam at ...
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Why does Marco Pierre White use a spatula instead of a Soup Ladle?

I'd use a wooden spatula rather than one of those over-flexible plastic ones, but… a soup ladle is for serving soup. It's completely the wrong implement for making it. You can't stir properly, making ...
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What is this hinged tool with a box full of wicked grooves and teeth?

This is an ice crusher. You put some cubes (or use your ice pick to cut a hunk off from a large block), put it in the compartment, and squeeze it closed. Those gnarly bumps and teeth will crush the ...
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Polymer fume fever probably detected

Electric stove elements can reach 800C if left on high with nothing on top. While an empty pan won't quite reach that maximum (which is also bad for your stove), they can certainly get well over 400C....
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What are these silver "sporks" for?

Assuming they are the same size as the other forks and spoons, they are most likely ice cream forks. Other possibilities are a terrapin fork or a ramekin fork (both are more specialized, and possibly ...
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Best practice to label thumb scoopers/dishers

I mark my kitchen tools using a scriber. It's just a sharp stylus point made of some hard metal (tungsten carbide or similar) in a pencil-like holder. You use it like a pencil to etch lettering into ...
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Is there some sort of kitchen utensil/device like a cylinder with a strainer?

Of course there is. You might consider the different uses of a food mill - if you want to pass the softened material through it to produce a liquid/paste. Can also be used to remove some objects, ...
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What is this attachment for on this veg peeler?

Anything you want to make thin strips of. Green beans, carrots, something small enough to fit in there. You drag it through and it is split into thin slices. This is an "action shot" from a slightly ...
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What could this utensil pair be used for?

I found a Swiss website that offers a similar set of tools, called «Ustensiles à courge», which translates to «Squash utensils». Squash utensils I believe that @ShapeOfMatter correctly identified ...
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When does a spatula or spoon become sterile during cooking?

Bacteria will not multiply and may begin to die once the temperature is over 140F (60C), but that doesn't make the situation risk free. Once at 212F (100C) you can be sure that you are killing ...
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What is this elongated plastic and metal utensil?

I don't think the other answers are correct. The hook at the bottom would not allow the handle to be bolted to a pan. It looks more like a detachable handle for a deep fryer. The ones I'm familiar ...
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Is rice supposed to be eaten with chopsticks?

The Chinese cultural norm is to eat rice with chopsticks. It would be very inconvenient to constantly switch back and forth between eating with chopsticks and a spoon depending upon whether you were ...
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What is a salad knife?

DBmag answered the rest of this question, so I'm going to just focus on "when would it be used". The current modern Western definition of salads generally has all of the contents cut up into ...
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Is there some sort of kitchen utensil/device like a cylinder with a strainer?

Sounds like you're looking for a jelly strainer. I remember my mother and grandmother using them to make jams and jellies when I was a kid. It is conical in shape, and would allow the liquid portion ...
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Is rice supposed to be eaten with chopsticks?

In Japanese food, I would say you use chopsticks to eat white rice that comes in a rice bowl. Japanese rice is short/medium grained and sticks together so you can pick up clumps at a time. You also ...
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Garlic press with minimum force required

The extra pivot does nothing to ease the hand force required. Coarsely chopping first can help, but not by a huge amount. I've seen (never used) something that should help a lot: a screw garlic ...
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