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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

Related: Fruit Flag for the Fourth of July (made with skewers!)

Tell me, what's the most creative way you use skewers?

Updated from a post originally published March 2011.