Somehow I’ve managed to accumulate no less than 100 wooden skewers. Or, perhaps the count is closer to 200. Either way there's a lot. And that’s in addition to my collection of metal skewers. Every summer I seem to forget I’m well stocked in this area, and pick up a new package of skewers the very second grilling season begins.
If you, like me, are well-stocked with skewers, here are some creative ideas for putting them to use this summer.
We all think kabobs when we think skewers, but also they have a lot of other practical uses. This summer go beyond grilling and try these creative uses for skewers!
- Skip the plates and forks, whether it's an appetizer, salad, dessert, breakfast or even a cocktail (yes, a cocktail!), food on a stick is always a hit.
- Test cakes and baked goods for doneness
- Level measured ingredients, like flour and sugar, when baking
- Toast marshmallows
- Flip items in a small toaster oven without pulling the racks out
- Stir large pitchers of iced tea and lemonade
- Grab burnt food bits from the bottom of the oven
- Nab food bits that fall close to the open flame on a stove top
- Clear solids from wire mesh strainers without pushing everything else out
- Fish things out of the toaster (after it's been unplugged, of course)
- Whisk a single egg without sloshing it out of a small bowl
- Cut wooden skewers in half and use them as a cake pop stick
- Create plant markers for your garden
- Arrange an edible fruit bouquet
- No cherry pitter, no problem....use a skewer
Tell me, what's the most creative way you use skewers?
Updated from a post originally published March 2011.
(Image credits: Kelli Dunn)