It's always worth having some skewers in the house and these short ones are great because they fit into a griddle pan if you are making kebabs etc. I can't stand it when the long skewers hang over the edge of the pan as they lift the food up in certain areas and then it doesn't chargrill evenly. These are probably about a third shorter than the regular barbecue-style ones you see most frequently. Also, as you know, I have a bit of an aversion to grilling, so when I use a griddle pan, I don't have to presoak the skewers to stop them burning, as they are not in contact with the grill element.
Here's a little picture of them in use to whet your appetite, I'll share my chicken kebab recipe with you in coming weeks.....it's really yummy. The skewers are another great way to apportion weighed portions as I mentioned a couple of posts ago,("Problem solved: Portion perfection"). The presentation always looks really professional and interesting on the plate too. I also have a couple of lovely sweet ideas coming up which both use the skewers, so if you see some on your travels, try and stock up. I can't remember where I bought these short ones, but knowing me, it was probably a supermarket.
MEMO-short skewers on the shopping list!