In the catering and hospitality world, the types of skewers matter! When dealing with wet food that may be slippery, metal skewers have a better reputation for keeping the food on the skewer. Another trick to keep wet foods on the skewer is to use two skewers together that are parallel to each other. Square skewers are usually preferred over rounded ones if you’re concerned about keeping foods securely in place.
Similarly, metal skewers are usually better suited for handling delicate or fine foods. There is less separation of the food from the skewer when using a metal skewer. Finesse the food even further by greasing skewers with vegetable oil first. This aids in the removal of the food from the skewer while also adding a kick of flavor.
For cold foods or other appetizers that will not be grilled or roasted, consider using ball skewers. These types of skewers have a ball on the end of one end so guests can effortlessly grasp the appetizer and eat right off of the skewer. These are also great for adding a touch of color and elegance to appetizers.
If you want to avoid having to string various foods that are slimy with marinade, seasonings, and other juices, consider a curved skewer. This type of skewer allows you to string the foods onto the skewer and then dip the foods into the marinade for a much cleaner proposition than other skewer types.
If you are using skewers for meat ingredients, metal, and wooden skewers are the most popular choices. Metal skewers keep the meat firmly on the skewer while wood options provide a durable and natural alternative.
If you opt for wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in cold water for at least 30 minutes before using them to avoid burning. Keep the foods on the skewer close together on wooden skewers so that they stay in place and cook evenly.
For a Theme
Sometimes the ideal skewer for your intended purpose will be based more on the appearance of the particular skewer rather than its utility. For example, if you want to emphasize a natural, outdoorsy, or rustic theme, use black willow skewers.
Alternatively, consider using bamboo for a natural touch. If you are aiming for a new-age look, consider metal or square skewers. Paddle skewers are perfect for an aquatic, beach or sailing themed event.
If the skewer needs to hold a large item in place, consider using a bamboo skewer. These types of skewers are versatile and can support a greater amount of weight than other types due to their natural strength and design.
Special kabob skewers are ideal because they are made specifically for this unique food offering. However, you still need to prepare your food correctly to make the most of them. Separate the food items that you plan to string on the kabob by the amount of time that they need to cook.
For example, your shrimp kabobs will not need to cook nearly as long as your beef kabobs. Your veggies will also have a different cook time. This will help ensure all of your food cooks evenly, and that certain foods are not over or under cooked.
These tips for catering businesses will help make sure you are using the right types of skewers for the ingredients you have. Skewers are a cheap and highly efficient kitchen tool with a broad range of applications.