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WHAT IS IT?
A set of four chrome skewers for use on the BBQ and in your kitchen.
HOW DO YOU USE THEM?
You can use the skewers to make meat and vegetable kebabs on the BBQ or to thread through large pieces of meat or chicken. They have a loop at the end to hang them up or grasp them easily. They are metal completely so get hot on the end even if you lie the skewer so that it's not near the flame.
ARE THEY ANY GOOD?
I've had this set for 2 years now and they have been very good. I wash them in the sink and they are still clean and shiny looking, none of the chrome has come off and the skewers are all straight still. The points are sharp and will go through raw meat without me having to make a hole first.
They are long so you can make filling kebabs and the skewers are a bit flattened so the meat and vegetables don't slide straight off when you pick them up. This is the same when the food is raw and cooked but the skewers get top heavy when laded with food so you have to be careful how you pick them up. There should be a piece of rubber at the end to make it easier.
I hang them up when I'm not using them and they collect dust so I always wash them before I use them. I am going to buy another set next summer so I have got eight because having only the four is restrictive.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
When we moved into our home 3 years ago we bought a BBQ as both Mark and myself really enjoy them, we also bought all the tools we needed to go with it, these included some skewers which in 2 years we used just once, they were rubbish! The skewers were not really long enough and were round which meant every time we turned the skewer it just spun around inside whatever food was on it.
At the beginning of the year I was looking in a little independent kitchen ware shop in my local town and spotted these skewers, they were reduced to just £1.00 as the packaging was a bit battered.
The skewers are the BBQ Master Skewers and there are 4 in the pack.
The packaging is yellow and has the BBQ Master logo at the top along with a picture of a BBQ, below this it informs the customer that this is a 4 piece chrome skewer set which are both long lasting and dishwasher safe.
The skewers are a silver colour as you would expect and are approximately 37cm's long, they have a rounded end which is the handle and a slight twist in the metal at the other end but where these skewers differ from the ones we had is that in the middle of the skewer the metal has been flattened, this stops the skewer spinning around inside the food when its turned. The end of the skewers are pointed making it easy to poke them through food cleanly without making a mess.
Although our summer so far hasn't been the best we have had a few lunch times and evenings where the weather has been good enough to BBQ so we have used these skewers several times and have found them to be successful 100% of the time.
We have tried the skewers with meat, vegetables and fruit and they have been very successful. I find it best to try and make sure that whatever combination you have on the skewer is all cut to roughly the same size, this way everything cooks at the same time. With these skewers we have found that the actual skewer turns with the food so when you want to turn them over so they cook all sides the skewer doesn't just spin inside the food.
I particularly like red peppers and halloumi cheese on the skewers I think this is a lovely combination, also fruit brushed with butter and sprinkled with sugar is nice too, sometimes if we are having friends round for a BBQ I cut up bowls of fruit, vegetables and Mark cubes up meat and we let people help themselves to make up whatever combinations they fancy.
If you like to BBQ or even cook using skewers in the home then I can certainly recommend these, they are nice and long and the flattened middle and twisted end means the food doesn't slip off the end and the skewers can be turned easily without just spinning in the food. They are easy to clean and are dishwasher proof if you have one, if not hot soapy water does the job well enough. The only downside is they do get very hot so you need to be careful when cooking with them. Other than that we have been really pleased with them.
I know this is not really the weather to be talking about BBQ's, but this is a little set of skewers that I have had since the beginning of spring this year, and have managed to use several times (both indoors and outdoors), and so I thought it was time I reviewed them!
The idea of a skewer is to place small chunks of meat, fish or vegetables of any variety or combination onto a sharp skewer. This is then put onto a hot BBQ or grill or oven, and turned regularly to cook all the contents thoroughly. Once cooked, the food on the skewer can then be eaten, either directly from the skewer, or pulled off the skewer onto a plate, or put into a pita bread.
I got my set of 'BBQ master Skewer it' skewers from my local DIY store for £3 a few months back, when I went in to look for some wooden skewers for a BBQ that we were having that night. The shop did not have any wooden skewers, but the assistant showed me this set of 4 stainless steel skewers, and told me that wooden ones are not all that good anyway as they often burn, where as these would last for years. This made perfect sense to me, so I paid for them and went on my way.
On closer inspection when I opened them at home, I realized that these skewers had numerous benefits (other than the fact that they will not burn) when compared to the simple wooden skewers that I had originally set out to buy.
Firstly the length of these skewers is over 40cm long, meaning they are much longer than a wooden skewer, and so more items can be placed onto each skewer. Also the design is so much better than a simple wooden skewer, because there is a twist in the metal at the end which stops the items of food slipping of the skewer as they are turned over. Also at the other end of the skewer is a circular loop, which acts as a handle to help you to generate the force to rotate the skewer, which can often be difficult with a wooden skewer as there is nothing to grip to apply the required force, which can be quite great, especially if the food has stuck to the grill.
I keep my skewers in my kitchen drawer, but the loop handle design would also work well if you wanted to hang these up in a shed, or a wall, or on part of the BBQ.
A final bonus with these skewers when compared to a standard wooden skewer is that the middle area of the skewer where the food items are placed is a flat shape, almost like a thin knife. This makes the rotating of the food so much easier. When I have used wooden skewers in the past, and tried to rotate the food, I have often found that the skewer itself turns, but the food becomes a little loose around the circular centre of the wooden skewer, and so it is only the skewer turning, and not the food!
So in conclusion there are many benefits to these skewers as mentioned above. They are also designed to last for years, as they will not burn, and they are easy to wash, and can even be used in the dishwasher. A slight downside to them is that because they are metal, they conduct the heat very well, and so I would recommend using a pair of thick gloves when turning these skewers as the loop handles become extremely hot.
I have used my set on my gas BBQ, on a disposable BBQ, and under my grill, and each time they work well, and produce good results.
This skewer set is currently available on Amazon for £4:25, plus £2:57 delivery, which is quite expensive, so it is worth looking out for them in your local shops!
Thanks for reading
© l500589 2012
When the weather does eventually clear up, and we get a slight warm spell going, the family and I always like to get the BBQ out to do a bit of cooking outside. Now most people just do the standard burgers or sausages on a BBQ, or even venture in to cooking pieces of chicken on it. But I always like to experiment to see what else we can cook. Hence, I like the idea of using skewers on a BBQ because you can make up all sorts of combinations of foods to cook. So for a little over £4 on Amazon delivered, I purchased a set of 10 of these Skewer-it skewers by BBQ Master.
What is a skewer? Basically it is a stick on to which you push various small bits of meat, seafood, vegetables etc to create a tasty meal or snack. You then place the whole lot on a BBQ to cook, turning frequently to ensure that it cooks evenly and throughout. Once cooked, you can either eat everything off of the skewer, or just scrape the whole lot off on to a plate. Alternatively, push the lot into some pitta bread etc to make a tasty kebab. The beauty of cooking in this way is that you can create your own variations of what you put on to the skewer. So you can do all meat, or a selection of prawns and meat, or add some vegetables of your choice in between the meat pieces - the variations are endless as you take your BBQ'ing skills to the next level.
These BBQ Master versions are particularly good for BBQing in this manner. Each skewer is 38cm long and is made from a flat sectioned steel rod which has been twisted along one end of the length. The twist is there to hold the food on to the skewer and stop it falling off into your BBQ during the cooking process when you move it around on the grill. On one end you have a sharpened point bit to allow you to pierce the food to push the skewer through, and on the other end you have a loop, initially to allow you to hang it up when not in use, but more importantly to give you something to grip onto when you want to turn the skewer over during the cooking.
Another key bonus with these BBQ Master skewers is that they are metal, which means that they are reusable. When you've finished with them, they can go in the dishwasher to get a good cleaning, ready for use next time. In the past, I tried to save money by buying wooden skewers, but they tended to get burnt on the BBQ and weren't very hygienic to reuse again. Hence, in the long term, these metal skewers will save you money if you do use them frequently for BBQ'ing.
In use, they are pretty faultless. At 38cm, they are long enough to get a good selection of food bits on to them, and you find that the food stays in place on them due to that twist, and doesn't fall off of the end. The flat section also means that the food can all be easily turned over by just twisting the loop bit on the end of the skewer.
The only word of warning that I would give is that as well as the food getting hot on the BBQ, the skewer itself will also get hot, which you will suddenly discover if you then try to grab the ring end of the skewer with your bare hands to turn it over - didn't happen to me, but I know someone who did burn their fingers in this way.
In summary, coming in at just over £4 for 10 of these metal skewers is an absolute bargain, especially when you consider that they are very durable and totally reusable. The length means that you can get lots on to them and experiment with all sorts of commutations of meat/fish/vegetables along them. Hence, a 5 star recommendation.
I for one am already looking forward to summer BBQ's in the sun, the weather for it seems to be here already. As a big fan of BBQ food I don't like it to have to see it coming to an end and so I try and replicate this at home every now and then. I bought a set of BBQ-Master 'Skewer-it' skewers about this time last year and have used them consistently every few weeks since then.
BBQ Master is a business specialising in (as you can guess from the name!) BBQ appliances and accessories. The set of ten skewers comes in a flat cardboard box that is bright yellow in colour with black writing, the packaging looks like it is designed for use on a building site. The box describes the product and there is a small paper instruction leaflet inside of this. The skewers themselves are silver coloured, flat sectioned twisted steel skewers (not stainless steal as I first thought). they are approximately 38cm in length, with a 180 degree twist half way up the skewer. one end of the skewers is straight and sharp for piercing food and the other is looped for hanging on racks and for ease of picking up.
The skewers feel very strong and sturdy, which is one of the main reasons I bought these and changed over from using wooden skewers, I can't stand forcing the wooden ones through tough raw meats and having them splinter and crack into the food, it is not a nice preparation or eating experience. Another bonus with these over wooden skewers is you do not need to worry about soaking them before use, as they are oven/grill proof and will not burnt or set on fire. Half way up the skewer there is turn in the steel, I think the reason for this being there is to stop food falling all the way off the end of the skewer if tipped.
These are a really good length for making amazing kebabs, I love char grilled vegetables and I can fit a shed load onto these skewers with ample space for extras. The thin end of the skewer is sharp and pierces through food easily. Their size and length however can be awkward for storing if you have short draws and cupboards in your kitchen, though I am sure there are shorter ones available to buy. You can use there on a BBQ, griddle pan, grill and oven among other things. the colour has faded and tarnished slightly with use, but that is to be expected with kitchen equipment. These are best handled with oven gloves as the loop and overall skewer get extremely hot during use.
To clean they are very simple and easy to wash down, these are also dishwasher safe.
I bought this set of ten skewers online from Amazon and they cost me approximately £5 which I though was very good value for reusable metal skewers.
Cooking ideas using skewers:
Put a metal skewer through a large potato to convey the heat to the center and cook it faster, so that the outside doesn't get overcooked/burnt.
Keep small and fiddly foods together and enable even cooking by piercing them with skewers.
Use them for a fruit kebab with melted chocolate
Add a bit of oil/grease onto them before adding meats/foods to stop them sticking to the skewer.
For £5 I think these are a great buy and encourage you to use new cooking techniques and ideas!
~BBQ skewers suited to the oven or the BBQ~
BBQ style foods are something that can be enjoyed not only in summer time, as with the right equipment such as a set of these little metal BBQ skewers I find you can produce food with a BBQ feel and taste with just a little thought and effort. I have a set of these skewers which are slightly longer than some of the shorter metal BBQ skewers you can buy and I find them helpful as a way to make juicy BBQ style skewers full of chicken, pork, lamb or beef as well as for use with certain vegetables.
The length of these skewers being roughly 36cms long means that they are able to hold a good deal of food items on them and the twisted sections of the skewers is very useful as it seems to stop food from slipping about too much when placed onto the slim metal wires. The fact that the whole length of each skewer is metal means that it is very easy to cook food either in the oven or under the grill. I have also used the skewers placed onto a heavy metal griddle pan that has had a little oil placed onto it and found they work well with the food ending up with a nice set of grilled stripes that make the food look and taste very much like that which you may cook on an outdoor BBQ.
The set of 4 skewers are simply made being from a sliver toned steel, with each one having twists along the length of metal. As mentioned these twists are there to ensure that food items placed onto the skewers stay firmly in place when cooking and I find that they work well to do what they have been made for. The tops of these skewers are made in a style which has a looped effect making them easy to grip when placing meat or other food items onto them. As the entire length of each skewer including the looped part is made from metal I have found these can be safely put into the oven with no risk of burning anything which may happen with a wooden handled skewer if left for too long in a hot oven.
~What can I cook using these?~
The types of foods that can be used along with these simple metal skewers are as varied as you want them to be with there being almost no end to the types of marinades you can knock up with just a little effort and thought. I find that home made BBQ sauce made from a little honey, tomato sauce, paprika, soy sauce and worcestershire sauce and seasoned with freshly ground sea salt and pepper will produce a nice marinade that can be used with pork, chicken and beef if wanted, which can then be threaded onto the skewers and cooked with ease.
I have also found that you can use the skewers to cook nice juicy well sized mushrooms which don't take much time at all on the top of a nice hot grill pan. You can place a single mushroom onto one skewer then stack on as many others as will fit tightly on without being to close to each end of the skewer. A light sprinkle of salt and pepper is enough when cooking mushrooms on the grill pan to make them come out really well after a short cooking time that leaves them with a nice smoked BBQ taste, similar to the real thing, that I find rather good.
Other items that can be cooked using these skewers are things like courgettes and onions that can be placed onto a single skewer for cooking. With onions I find that the smaller sweeter types work best as they can be fitted across the centre of the skewer on their own and inter spaced with nice chunky pieces of courgette that will take a similar time to cook once placed onto a grill pan that has been coated with a little oil. These skewers can also be used to cook small tomatoes in the same way if wanted and all they need is to be tightly packed and lightly seasoned then placed over the heat for just a very few minutes so that they don't become too soft and squidgy or burnt.
When wanting to cook items such as peppers I find that it is easy enough to take 2 skewers and use them in parallel to run them through a whole pepper which can then be stacked with at least another 2 full sized peppers placed side ways onto these skewers. This way you can make sure that both sides are cooked evenly as you have not one but 2 handles with which to turn the peppers over ensuring they cook and brown nicely giving them a sweet familar BBQd taste that is rather good. Of course these skewers can also be used on a charcoal or gas BBQ if wanted although I don't tend to use them that was as I feel they work better used in the ways discussed here.
~Price and rating~
The cost of the set of skewers I bought was rather cheap and as I recall they were £2.49 for 4 making them just under 65p per skewer. I also bought a slightly shorter set of metal skewers which have proven very useful for a number of uses when cooking BBQ style food although these slightly longer skewers have proven to be the most versatile of the two sets I bought. As with anything like this the best way to get the most from the product is to use it as that really is the only way to see just how many types of foods you can cook using the skewers.
I feel that for anyone who has a liking for BBQ style food what ever the weather, all you need is a good quality metal griddle pan, a set of skewers such as these and the inclination to succeed and you will most certainly find these simple metal skewers a handy addition to your cooking utensils. Care should be taken when handling the skewers if they have been placed into a hot oven or used over a grill pan as the metal looped parts of them can become quite hot, so my suggestion would be to handle them using an oven glove or protective soft cloth to help prevent accidents. As I have found these skewers easy to clean and use I want to give them a 4 star product rating.