A skewer is a thin metal or wood stick used to hold pieces of food together. They are used while grilling or roasting meats, and in other culinary applications.
Metal skewers are typically stainless steel rods with a pointed tip on one end and a grip of some kind on the other end for ease of removing the food. Non-metallic skewers are often made from bamboo; however, any suitable wood may be used. Prior to grilling, wooden skewers must be soaked in water to avoid burning.
Small, often decorative, skewers of glass, metal, wood or bamboo known as “olive picks” are used for garnishes on cocktails and other alcoholic beverages.
Many types of snack food are sold and served “on a stick” or skewer, especially at outdoor markets, fairs, and sidewalk or roadside stands.