Cedar planks are a fantastic way to grill your meal. It gives that smokey flavor to your fish or chicken without having to buy a smoker. But after you use it once, can you reuse it again, or do you have to buy a new one each time?
It is best practice when using a cedar plank to dispose of it and get a new one. You don’t want any sanitary issues, and the plank is often too damaged to be reused again. Sometimes though, there are a few exceptions to this process.
There are many reasons why you shouldn’t reuse a cedar plank. Here is everything you need to know about using a cedar plank and what you need to do.
For health reasons, it is always best to use the cedar plank just once. Unless the manufacturer says it is okay to use a cedar plank for more than one use, it should be disposed of after the first use.
Some people use a cedar plank two, maybe even three times, but it is advised not to do so because it can be a health risk and sanitary issue. If you used it for grilling previously and charred one side, it is time to retire the piece.
There are a few instances where you can use it again. If you didn’t use the cedar plank for grilling but an indirect method like an oven, the plank is still viable to be used again. Just be aware that the wood oils, which add flavor, may not be as potent as the first use.
When it takes longer to cook a meal, the cedar plank will not be in the best condition to be reused. This usually ends with it becoming charred or completely dried out. You may want to consider soaking it again if you decide to reuse it so that it doesn’t catch fire.
There is a specific way of using a cedar plank so that the plank doesn’t burn up or ruin your food.
Here are the steps you need to take to implement the cedar plank into your cooking routine properly:
- Soak the cedar plank for 15 to 60 minutes (longer is better).
- Ensure it is completely submerged in water.
- Start the grill or oven without the plank (because it will dry out if you put it on during the heating-up process).
- Season the plank before putting it on the grill.
- Put it on the grill, flipping it after two minutes before adding your food.
- Add your food to the plank.
- Be careful because the plank might warp, and food could roll off.
Popular herbs to use with the cedar plank are thyme and rosemary. You can add orange juice, lemon juice, or even apple juice to the water for extra flavor. These flavors will be released from the wood as it is heated on the grill.
When you use a cedar wood plank, be prepared to wait a little longer for your food. You will find that it may double the cooking time. You can use a meat thermometer to check the food’s internal temperature to ensure it is fully cooked.
Yes, you can use the cedar plank in the oven. It will make your meat tasty with its essential oils and add a great flavor. You will complete the same procedure as if you were to grill the cedar plank. Because it is soaked in water beforehand, it will allow your meat to remain juicy and won’t dry out. You also have a greater chance of it being reusable after this method.
There is no particular way of disposing of a cedar plank after using it on the grill or in the oven. You can simply use it as firewood for when you are hanging around the fire pit outside. You can even use it as firewood for your grill to add some more flavor the next time around.
You can choose which disposal method is best for you. If you want to burn the rest of it or if you just want to throw it in the trash, it is your decision. Burning it is a more environmentally-friendly method than just throwing it away.
Cedar planks are a great addition to cooking your meat. It adds flavor and moisture. Remember to think twice about reusing it and following the manufacturer’s guidelines for the best results both in flavor and safety.