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Top Types of Skewer for Grilling
July is national grilling month and that means it's time to light up the charcoal and throw some kebabs on for your next summer patio party. Kebabs are an easy solution to feed the masses and a great way to enjoy fresh summer produce, but you'll need the right skewers to do the job. Here are the most popular skewers Everything Kitchens has to offer, find what works best for you.
Good for: Flat and curved skewer design, prevents ingredients from turning and falling off during cooking. Crafted from reusable sturdy stainless steel, great for making kebabs for your family.
Not So Good For: Small size set (4 in a set), not great if you need to make a bunch of kebabs at once. Large flat design will not work for smaller foods like cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.
Good For: Double prongs are angled to keep food from slipping, alternative method to the flat style skewer. The unique built-in slider easily removes food for serving. Great for home chefs who need to grill some small pieces of meat to serve with non-grilled side dishes.
Not So Good For: Small size set, not great if you need to make a bunch of kebabs for your family or friends.
Good For: Grilling a lot of ingredients at once. Easily turn all ingredients on a few extra long skewers versus lots of shorter skewers. Also great for small grills, easily flex skewers to fit under smaller round charcoal grills. You can also flex the skewers to fit into gallon sized storage bags to marinate ingredients.
Not So Good For: Individual servings for people to eat off of.
Good For: The raft skewers work well with long veggies (asparagus, zucchini slices, green onions, etc) or round veggies (cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, etc) to prevent veggies from falling through the grill grate. Easy to turn on grill to cook evenly.
Not So Good For: Traditional kebabs, shorter skewer length specifically designed for certain vegetables, not as good for individual servings.
Good For: Feeding the masses, make a ton of kebabs (100 skewers total) at an affordable price. Made of natural bamboo, earth friendly material. Convenient and disposable, no cleanup.
Not So Good For: Skewers are only circular, kebab ingredients can slip and turn around while grilling compared to flat style skewers. Naturally, wood burns, so can these skewers on the hot grill. We recommend pre-soaking for 12-24 hours in water to prevent burning the skewers while grilling.
Good For: Entertaining a family or small parties, makes a great center showpiece and fun serving design. Allows you to cook like foods on each skewer (all chicken or all peppers), then allow guests to fork off only what they like for custom entrees.
Not So Good For: Skewers are thin rods, kebab ingredients can slip and turn around while grilling compared to large flat style skewers.
Good For: Making consistent kebabs quickly and easily, less clean up, can be used with different kebab skewers.
Not So Good For: You have to cut all ingredients to fit into the skewer express loading tray, which isn’t a bad thing, but some ingredients might not fit or skewer properly.
For your non-kebabing pleasures, Wusthof offers a sleek set of stainless steel BBQ tools. Made with their signature triple-rivet design with heat-resistant high-density POM handles. The spatula turner, curved meat fork, tongs, and basting brush are all designed with long enough handles to protect your hands from close proximity to heat while maintaining control. These tools are made with the quality you’d expect from Wusthof, pick up for year-round grilling.
About the Author:
Chef Austin Merath is Everything Kitchen's Culinary Wizard, Kitchen-Gadget Reviewer, and New-Product Tester. He studied under chefs in College of the Ozarks' Culinary Program. It's his job to make sure you choose the kitchen tools that are right for you by testing the best we have to offer. When not cooking, Austin is tinkering with computers or exploring the Ozarks with his wife Amy. Click here for his full bio.