Go Beyond Kabobs with More Uses for Your Wooden (and Metal) Skewers!

Tips from The Kitchn

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.

(Image credits: Kelli Foster)