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Kabob Skewers

sasserwazr May 18, 2009 09:49 PM

I was recently watching Good Eats and saw the episode about kabobs. I was wondering where i would be able to get the skewers he uses. They're stainless steel and, most importantly, flat so the food doesn't roll around.

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  1. flourgirl RE: sasserwazr May 19, 2009 04:55 AM

    Here's some:


    They also come in a 5/8" size.

    I have the wider ones - and I bought them at TJ Maxx for $3.99 a box. If you live near any of these kinds of discount stores, I would look for them there first.

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    1. re: flourgirl
      hobbess RE: flourgirl Feb 27, 2010 02:17 AM

      Those aren't the same skewers Alton Brown used in Good Eats.

      In the episode, the non-pointy end of Brown's skewers are almost circular. But, Raicheln's non-pointy end skewers have some wavy design. (I have no idea what the point of that wavy design is for).

      I also have some doubts about the size of Raichlen's skewers, especially 5/8 inches. That seems too large, and would limit their versatility- they'd work for large chunks of meat but would seem to be too large if you wanted to grill something like thin slices of vegetables or shrimp.

    2. kchurchill5 RE: sasserwazr May 19, 2009 05:04 AM

      Target had some at one time, Williams Sonama for 10x the price, same thing. Honestly I prefer wood. I soak for just 5 or so minutes, not long but always use two. It is easy and works great. Better than the flat metal ones. I have them and they were a gift a few years ago and I love them. But I really prefer using cheap wooden ones. They come in usually 3 sizes. I love the small ones for appetizers, Medium veggies or just a few bites and the big ones for a main dish.

      Other than a couple of parties, I haven't used the metal ones in a long time. Sometimes after I soak the skewers before I put the items on I rub them with garlic or herbs. I noticed a difference, my friend said no but another said yes. Well, regardless it literally took 1 minutes to rub 10 skewers with a basil leaf or garlic clove so not a big deal.

      One more tip. Soak rather than in water I have soaked in OJ and lime juice, and living in FL, fruit juice is always around. It doesn't flare up and adds a little flavor to the skewer not much, but why not if you have it.

      I used apple juice in a large baggies for a few skewers once. They I skewered chicken, apples, chippolini onions and crimini mushrooms for a great fall skewer. Used two per, nothng flipped or flopped and the apple skewers gave just a bit of flavor. But it is NOT necessary, water is just fine.

      There is nothing wrong with the metal ones. I just prefer the wood. No clean up, just toss, varying sizes and they don't get hot like the metal ones. They are great are a grill pan, oven, broiler, or grill. And the trick is two. Food will never twirl around. Works every time.

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      1. re: kchurchill5
        Zeldog RE: kchurchill5 May 19, 2009 07:16 PM

        I prefer steel for small parties of no more than 6 people. Otherwise bamboo is the only choice. As kchurchill says, double them up so the food doesn't twirl. You can even sharpen some cheap chopsticks in a pinch, though they are kinda short.

        Yes, there's no cleanup for wood, but there's no need to pre-soak steel skewers, and you never run out, as I did when I had to use chopsticks.

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          kchurchill5 RE: Zeldog May 20, 2009 07:58 AM

          For a nice party I usually my good ones, they just look better. But after my friend burned herself, I decided to stick with the bamboo more often. I would of thought she would know that metal on a hot grill will get HOT. I have no idea what she was thinking. But often have kids come to so the wood is safer.

          I saw somewhere some cool ceramic skewers and they hold heat for cooking but cool very quickly for easy handling. And the 1 handle end was made of something that supposedly didn't get hot. I wish I knew where I saw them. Pretty cool.

      2. SilverlakeGirl RE: sasserwazr May 21, 2009 05:15 PM

        I just bought some last weekend.

        I originally went to Barbeques Galore but they were out of them. I was looking for the Steven Raichlen 7/8" flat steel skewers. $19.00 for 2 on his website.

        But I was in an Armenian neighborhood and went next door to the Armenian deli and bought 4 super heavy gauge steel 7/8" skewers for $2.99 each.

        At Barbeques Galore I bought V-shaped skewers for shrimp to keep them from rolling around as well.

        1. sasserwazr RE: sasserwazr Jul 24, 2009 12:15 AM

          found them at sur la table.

          1. grnidkjun RE: sasserwazr Jul 27, 2009 06:00 PM

            a lot of people are cleaning out their summer stocks.. I'm starting to see them at TJMaxx and Marshalls a good bit as well.

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