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How to Soak Bamboo Skewers

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How to Soak Bamboo Skewers

About bamboo skewers

The good news is, bamboo skewers are cheap and easy to use. The bad news? Well, there isn't any, really. They're cheap, and bamboo is a replenishable resource. If they aren't too charred, you can even reuse your bamboo skewers.

How to use bamboo skewers

Unlike metal skewers, bamboo skewers do need to be soaked before you put them on the grill. Here's how to soak bamboo skewers.
  • Fill a pan with water and place the bamboo skewers in the water. Make sure the skewers are fully submerged.
  • Allow the skewers to soak for a minimum of 20 minutes, and up to 3-4 hours.
  • For a gourmet presentation and an added depth of flavor to your grilled meals, experiment with soaking skewers in wine or juice.
  • Another tip for frequent grillers: When you buy a pack of bamboo skewers - soak them all, then drain well, place in a sealable plastic bag and stick them in the freezer. They'll keep just fine, and you'll be able to get your goods on the grill quicker. In particular, vegetarians and vegans will find skewers helpful for holding tofu, seitan and vegetarian kabobs in place on the grill, and they're great for grilling cheeses, and just about any vegetable.
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