I found this tip in a Cuisine at Home magazine. Use a clean empty wine bottle to soak wood skewers. Place the skewers in the bottle fill with water up to the top. Use the cork to hold the skewers down in the water. Soak the skewers for 20 minutes or longer. When ready to use remove the cork and the skewers will float out the top of the bottle. Genius! I love the fact that I don't have to use my 9 x 13 baking dish anymore. I can save it for the grilled food. Happy grilling!