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BBQ Master Skewer-it!
Member Name: l500589
BBQ Master Skewer-it!
Date: 06/07/12, updated on 10/09/13 (172 review reads)
Advantages: Superb design!
Disadvantages: They get hot!
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
Summary: So much better than a wooden skewer
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