Flexible grilling skewers have earned recognition among barbecue enthusiasts for its innovative design, convenience and high safety standards that makes barbeque activities convenient. Below are some of the pros and cons of the product that would hopefully help other barbecue lovers out there to decide if this product would work for them.
Material. One of the things that one might find interesting about the product is that it is made of stainless steel materials. Unlike using traditional wooden sticks where the presence of slivers might cause one to accidentally hurt them while removing the kebabs, the stainless steel finish of the skewer prevents any slivers from attaching to the food. Additionally, since it is made of steel, one no longer has to worry about the stick getting burnt. It is dishwasher safe and would not rust even if frequently used.
Size and Shape. Barbecue wooden sticks come in different sizes, but one cannot bend it to different shapes to maximize the cooking area and as such, some parts of the kebab might be overcooked while others remain undercooked. The skewer makes it easier as one can bend it to conform to the cooking area so more food is cooked at the same temperature. It is also longer – about 27 inches – so the wire can hold more food than a regular bamboo stick while still having some space left for one to flip it around without burning their fingers in the process.
Convenient and Safe. Having to marinade the food is one reason that most homeowners dislike barbecuing unless someone is doing it for them. Normally, one would marinade the vegetables and meat first before sticking it to the skewer and as the food is slippery, it is difficult to skew them up all together. We normally do this to prevent the wooden stick to be soaked and burned during the grilling process. The flexible grilling skewer makes it easier as one can bend it to fit inside a marinating bag and it will not burn during cooking since it is made of steel.
Although there is a lot to be praised about the product, there are some disadvantages that one should consider.
Prices. The skewer costs about $9.++ for two (2) pieces which can handle food for 3-4 adults. Compared to 100 bamboo wooden sticks sold at the same price online with one stick equivalent to one person, this can be quite expensive and might not be ideal for those who hold large barbecue parties.
Safety Issues. Although the skewers will not get burned like wooden sticks, steel can become very hot and cause burns if touched. Also the pointed ends might hurt one accidentally if the coil is not properly placed on the grill.
The flexible grill skewer is one of the creative barbecue tools that have revolutionized the barbecue world. The skewer is made of stainless steel so it is dishwasher safe and will not rust or burn like traditional wooden barbecue sticks. The 27-inch length of most of the skewers makes it ideal for small families or campers and since one can re-use it again, its price is certainly a value for one’s money.
In terms of safety issues, it makes marinating and food safety easier as one only needs to touch the food once eliminating the possibility of food contamination. With regards to personal safety, like any other product, users should exercise caution to ensure that they are using the product safely. It is recommended to let the skewer cool down for a few minutes before removing the food to prevent one from accidentally burning one’s finger.
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