Free UK delivery over £80

Next day delivery on most products

Serve Secure with a Skewer


We are all familiar with the adornment to our cocktail, the stick of culinary delights served at a party, savoury or sweet, kebab of meat, or strawberries to dip in melted chocolate, or the cooking utensil so useful at barbecue time. The versatility of the humble skewer - in terms of both design and function - should not be underestimated, but what are the origins?

Prehistoric use of skewers was discovered at a 300,000-year-old site in Schöningen, Germany where a stick with a burnt tip was found to have been used to cook meat over a fire – perhaps the original inspiration for toasting marshmallows over the campfire!

Tales are often told of medieval Middle Eastern soldiers cooking meat skewered on their swords (QAR’s Teppo Gushi gun shaped skewers are a nod to this). This was an early form of kebab and in fact the word ‘shish’, now associated with kebabs, was historically defined as ‘skewer’.

Well known international versions of kebabs include: Turkish shish kebab, Iranian jujeh kabab, Chinese chuan, Japanese kushiyaki and yakitori, and Southeast Asian satay, although English speakers tend to use the word ‘kebab’ to refer to any food on a skewer – be it meat, cheese cubes and pickled onions, or exotic fruits!

Although kebabs are probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of skewers, they can be used for so much more – the list is endless, as is the variety of styles of skewer available. Here at QAR, just some of our most popular include the Teppo Gushi, the Musubi Looped and the Black Willow - Kuromoji. The Japanese names are not mere coincidence - Japan has a long history of cooking and grilling meat over charcoal, and from harpooning to eating meat from a skewer, dating back to the 17th century.

Toffee apples, cocktail cherries, fried potatoes, mini caprese or Greek salads, the subject of what to cook or serve secured on a skewer has many books and internet pages devoted to it. What about this though – have you ever tried to use a skewer to squeeze a lemon?

A skewer is indeed all you need to juice a lemon - roll the lemon to soften it up, take the pointed end of the skewer and insert it a couple of inches into one end of the lemon, remove the skewer and start squeezing over a bowl – no cutting, no mess, no splatters – just juice!

Whether brightening up a display of canapes with a coloured ball skewer, adding texture with a musubi - looped skewer, sticking to tradition with the bamboo or tapered skewers, or elevating the presentation with the black willow – kuromoji, QAR has a skewer design and length for your needs – give us a call to discuss your specific requirements.


Order Teppo Gushi Skewers

Order Black Willow - Kuromoji Skewers

Order Musubi Looped Skewers

Order Ball Skewers

Order Coloured Ball Skewers

Order White Bamboo Skewers

OUR NEWS

news
03. January

Serve Secure with a Skewer

news
25. May

Hamburger or a Beefburger? Box or a Plate?

news
11. September

Foiled Again

news
31. July

Chef Hats - A Tall Nod to Tradition

news
16. May

Laced With Style

news
02. May

Hors d’Oeuvres and Canapés - Setting the Tone with Kidei Cones.

news
18. February

Lemon Dressing, Or Dressing The Lemon?

news
07. January

Chip Cones - Modern ‘Times’ Newspaper Wrapping.

news
07. January

Don’t be bamboozled by our bamboo boats!

news
06. January

It’s not just about what’s in the sandwich, but what the sandwich is in!

news
31. July

Chef Hat History

news
25. July

Why cook sous vide?

news
23. March

We are on a roll here at Qar Supplies!

news
20. March

The Last (Plastic) Straw For QAR Supplies!

news
18. May

A simple yet revered British dish - Fish 'n' Chips

news
11. April

Confidence in cleanliness

SIGN UP TO OUR NEWSLETTER

Marketing Permissions
Please select all the ways you would like to hear from QAR Supplies: Email

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please click here.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Call 01342 457 337