Bamboo skewers are a useful item to have in any kitchen, and a necessary component for kabobs and hibachi grills. Bamboo is a wood used since ancient times in Asian culture for its economical cost, strength, and ability to withstand high heats. Today, the wood maintains those core attributes and has been marked as an eco-friendly product because it is a great renewable resource.
When using bamboo skewers with direct heat, it is recommended that they be soaked in water for a few minutes beforehand. The wood can withstand high heats, but it is best to take cautionary action during any cooking procedure. Soaking the skewers will also keep the wood from holding too much heat, allowing guests to hold the skewer itself while the cooked cuts of vegetables, fruits and meats are still warm.