After I began working from home, I realized that I had the special opportunity to be able to cook at home every day. While most people were working until later in the afternoon, I had time to go to the grocery store, get what I needed, and make a lovely dinner for my family to enjoy. In addition to helping my kids to enjoy better health, I was also able to hone my cooking skills, which was really fun. Now I can honestly say that I love cooking and preparing food, and I wanted to make a blog that centered around my new passion. Check out this website for great tips on cooking and enjoying foods each and every day.
Fall is the perfect time to pay homage to a Native American tradition that is both festive and flavorful: plank cooking! This method was used for cooking salmon very-slowly and infusing the fish with the flavors of various kinds of wood. There are some tips that make it easy to plank-cook a number of tasty dishes in your own contemporary kitchen.
Bring your family and friends together this fall for a feast that features a plank of wood!
The best wood plank for cooking food is raw and natural, not treated with any chemicals or solutions. You can use an endless list of different types of wood, though cedar, cherry, maple and alder are among the most popular. The best type of wood for your plank really depends on what you are cooking; do you know the differences among different types of planks?
- Cherry planks are perfect for fish and bold meats, like venison or beef, but it also works well with stone-fruit, like peaches.
- Alder wood is milder than cedar and the natural choice for chicken or mild fish.
- Cedar planks are widely used for imparting signature flavor to a wide range of fish and seafood. The flavor of cedar is mild but distinctive, which also pairs well with chicken.
- Maple wood brings a strong, rich flavor to food and holds up to bold flavors, like pork and poultry.
You can cook with your plank in a variety of ways, including on gas or charcoal grills and your outside fireplace or pit. Planks can be cooked in your kitchen oven at a hot temperature but lower the temp and cook slowly for more infusion of wood flavor.
You can use any protein that you want on your plank, including fish, pork, chicken, beef, shellfish, and vegetables. Try slicing lemons and planking with fish for infused flavor or layering asparagus spears under porkchops before planking.
You will need to soak your plank in water for a few hours before cooking; feel free to scrape or rinse your plank after each use but never clean them with any type of soap. When the plank becomes burnt or soiled, discard and replace with a new plank.
Try planking a pork loin or fresh filet of fish tonight for your family. It is an inexpensive way to create meals with depth of flavor and a fun presentation. Visit hardware stores and cooking retailers for the perfect plank of wood and try cooking on maple wood or cherry wood tonight!