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Pork Chops with
Peach Barbeque Sauce

Oven Roasted on
Nature's Cuisine Alder Plank

How to use your Plank

Guidelines for
Oven-roasting planks

  • Rub olive oil on the plank surface
  • Heat plank in oven to 350° for 15 minutes
  • Roast seafood, meat, poultry, vegetables and more
  • Serve it in style - right from the plank
  • Easy, warm water clean-up

To get the most out of your plank & your Nature’s Cuisine Cooking experience, read the full description of guidelines.

Full Description of Guidelines for Oven-roasting Planks

BEFORE USING A NEW PLANK: New planks must be seasoned the first 1 to 3 times before roasting foods. We recommend using olive oil (vegetable oil will also work) for seasoning. Pour 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a small bowl. Use a paper towel or soft clean cloth dipped into the oil and lightly coat the top surface of the plank with oil. Do not apply oil on the underside of the plank. Always heat the plank for 15 minutes (Refer to PREHEATING DIRECTIONS below) following recipe directions before placing food on the plank to roast. After several uses, the plank will have turned a rich brown color and no longer require any additional seasoning.

KEEP STEEL RODS TIGHT: It is characteristic of wood to develop fine cracks or warp when it’s heated. To counteract this, steel tightening rods have been inserted along the ends of the plank. When the plank is new before each use, tighten the rods just until snug with the adjustment tool supplied with the plank, or by using a 7/16-inch socket wrench. After the plank has been used several times the wood will settle and the rods will only need occasional adjustments to keep them snug.

PREHEATING AND POSITIONING THE PLANK IN THE OVEN: Placing the plank properly in the oven is important. Set the oven rack in a medium to upper position in the oven. Place the plank on the rack, then set the oven temperature to ‘Bake’ at 350° F. This sterilizes the plank and allows it to heat gradually. Placing the plank in the middle of the oven also allows heat to flow around the all sides of it so it becomes thoroughly hot and foods cook evenly. Allow the plank to heat at least 15 minutes before placing food on it.

NOTE: Oven planks are not to be used in barbecues or grills.

PLACING FOOD ON THE PLANK Leave the heated plank on the oven rack and pull out both plank and rack together to place food on the plank. This eliminates moving a hot plank around the kitchen. Always place a hot plank on a heatproof surface.

COOKING TEMPERATURES Follow the recommended cooking temperatures specified for each recipe. Ovens may vary, but do not allow the plank to get so hot that it starts to excessively smoke, as most home ventilation systems cannot handle the heavy smoke. Do not raise the oven temperature above 400°F.
COOKING TIMES Recipes give suggested cooking times. Actual cooking times may vary according to the type and thickness of the food being cooked, as well as the quantity of food placed on the plank. Allow for extra time if recipe quantities are increased or if additional items are added to the plank while roasting.

INTERNAL ROASTING TEMPERATURES While personal preference is the key factor in evaluating doneness, using an internal probe meat thermometer is a reliable way to determine whether meat, poultry or game is completely cooked.

CAUTION! Since the plank absorbs heat and is hot when it’s removed from the oven, always wear oven mitts or use potholders when handling it or using it as a serving tray. Never leave a plank unattended in the oven. Be sure to place the plank on a heatproof trivet, never directly onto the table, to protect surfaces from heat.

CONVECTION OVENS This type of oven will reach cooking temperatures faster and reduce cooking times. Allow the plank to preheat at 150°F. Gradually increase the heat every 10 minutes to reach the required temperature. Monitor the cooking time carefully so as not to overcook the food.

CLEANING YOUR PLANK We recommend cleaning Nature’s Cuisine wood planks within one hour of use to maintain the full woodsy aroma. To clean your plank, use a soft bristle brush, warm water, and mild dish soap to scrub down the plank surface. Never put your plank in the dishwasher.

NATURAL CHARRING After several uses the bottom of your plank will begin to char. This is an ongoing natural process that’s desirable because it lends a smokier essence to foods.

REKINDLE A FRESH AROMA Sanding a heavily used plank will restore its smoky aroma. Use medium grit sandpaper and sand within the oval surface area. Once a plank has been re-sanded, season it again with cooking oil before its first use. It is not necessary or recommended to sand the underside of the plank, which naturally darkens with use over time.

Guidelines for
BBQ Grilling Planks

  • Soak plank for at least 1 hour.
  • Heat grill to medium-high, (400°-425°F)
  • Place prepared plank on grill, close lid and heat for 2 minutes
  • Turn plank over, close lid and heat for an additional 2 minutes
  • Once plank begins to crackle place food on plank and re-close lid

To get the most out of your grilling plank & your Nature’s Cuisine
Cooking experience, read the full description of guidelines.

Full Description of Guidelines for BBQ Grilling Planks

Soak plank for at least 1 hour to add moisture and resist burning while on the grill. To spice up the flavor, add 1-tablespoon salt to water.

For even more zest, try adding dry white wine, apple cider, citrus or berry juice.

Prepare barbecue according to manufacturer’s instructions. Temperature should be medium-high (400°-425°F).

For first time use, season the plank by lightly toasting each side before cooking food. This imparts more intense flavor and helps prevent warping. Place prepared plank onto grill and close lid. After a few minutes, the plank will begin to smoke and crackle.

• Place food on plank and close lid.

NOTE: Plank cooking times will vary, depending on the food and recipe.

Caution: If grill becomes too hot, the plank may start to burn; use a spray bottle filled with water to extinguish any flames, adjust heat and continue cooking.

When you are finished grilling, place your hot plank in a container of water, (coolers work well).  This will prevent your plank from reigniting as it cools and will also help extend the life of any remaining wood, in the event you would like to reuse your plank.

Tip: If the plank is charred through, crumble it into bottom of your barbecue and use as smoking chips.

NOTE: If the plank is not completely blistered, you can reuse it. Simply rinse clean with warm, soapy water. Let dry. Re-soaking is optional.


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