Last summer, the Fire Wire Flexible Grilling Skewer was everywhere. We decided to check it out: It’s a 27½-inch flexible wire with a pointed tip at one end and a loop at the other, designed to replace regular skewers.
There are a few problems here. One, the food is all on one giant skewer, so you don’t get nice-looking kabobs for each serving. You take the food off and it’s a big heap of chunks. Two, it’s hard to turn the food. Imagine trying to turn a piece of string—and the food just spins around the round wire.
Third, and most importantly: Because it’s stainless steel, the ends of the wire stay cool enough to grab, but that also means the pointed end doesn’t get hot enough to kill bacteria from the raw meat you skewered on. So you’ll be pulling that back through your cooked food. It’s a food safety hazard—unless you wash the tip of the wire and try not to get your food soapy.
We’re sticking with our favorite regular skewers.
What other grilling gadgets are you curious about?