How to Cut a Wooden Skewer

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In addition to the flavor benefits of flame and smoke, cooking over fire has a primal appeal. This may be why 82 percent of all United States households own a grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. Enhance the outdoor cooking experience even more by making your own wooden skewers.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Find a straight stick of preferably "green" or freshly cut wood, which won't catch fire as easily as seasoned wood. The length of the stick you need depends on the application; campfire skewers should be at least 3 feet long, while skewers for grilling can be as short as 6 inches.

  • Grip the end of the stick firmly in your non-dominant hand.

  • Trim all twigs and leaves from the stick by drawing a sharp knife along the stick.

  • Shave all the bark off the stick in the same manner.

  • Continue shaving the stick until it reaches the desired thickness. For grill use, make it a little thicker than a toothpick. Campfire use will require greater thickness; a diameter of approximately 1/4 inch should work for most foods.

  • Grip the stick near one end. Whittle the end into a point by shaving the stick at an inward angle until it is sharp and able to pierce food easily.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always move the knife away from your fingers and body, not towards them. That way, if the knife slips, you won't be cut.

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