The First Thing You Should Do with a New Pack of Wooden Skewers

published Jul 8, 2021
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Someone holding a pack of wooden skewers.
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With summer here and grilling weather upon us, chances are you have plans to pick up a pack of wooden skewers sometime soon. (If you don’t, you should check out this recipe and then add said skewers to your shopping list!) Before you even think about soaking those skewers or firing up the grill, we have one super-smart idea. Something you should do when you get that new pack — before you use them all up. Any guesses?

Related: Yes, You Really Do Need to Soak Kebab Skewers

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Use a Few Wooden Skewers to Level Dry Goods When Measuring

The next time you open a pack of wooden skewers, divert a few to the pantry. Yes, the pantry! Grab one skewer for each of your dry ingredient baking essentials: One for your flour canister, one for your white sugar, one for your brown sugar … you get the idea. Just tuck one skewer into each of the containers and you’ll always have one ready to be pulled out and used. This way, when you go to measure, say, a cup of flour, you can pull out the conveniently placed skewer and use that (rather than your finger) to level your measuring cup! It’s really that easy!

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Tip: You can even cut the skewers in half so that you can save more for grilling or to fit them into smaller canisters (like maybe your container of pancake mix, for example).

One more idea? Use another skewer to clean the crud out from around your kitchen faucet or sink. It’s a very little area, but you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.

Do you have another use for wooden skewers? Tell us in the comments below.