Skewers are long, thin metal or wooden rods used for grilling or roasting small pieces of food, such as meats, vegetables, and fruits. They are typically made of stainless steel or bamboo and can range in length from 6 inches to 2 feet. Some skewers have a flat or curved shape to help prevent food from spinning or slipping when cooking.
Specifications for skewers may vary depending on the material and design, but common features include:
- Size: Skewers come in a variety of sizes, from small skewers suitable for grilling small pieces of food to larger skewers that can hold more food or are better suited for roasting larger cuts of meat.
- Shape: Skewers can be straight or curved, and some have a flat shape to help keep food from spinning when cooking.
- Material: Skewers can be made of stainless steel, bamboo, or other materials. Stainless steel skewers are durable and easy to clean, but they can conduct heat quickly, making them suitable for high-heat grilling or roasting. Bamboo skewers are a more natural option and are often used for grilling or roasting smaller pieces of food, but they can be prone to splintering and may need to be soaked in water before use to prevent them from catching fire.
- Handle: Some skewers have a handle or grip at one end to make them easier to hold and manipulate when cooking.
- Pointed tips: Skewers often have pointed tips to help pierce and hold onto food securely.
- Non-stick coating: Some skewers have a non-stick coating to help prevent food from sticking to the skewer and make cleaning easier.
- Dishwasher safe: Some skewers are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.