As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I did a cedar-plank salmon bakeoff to
determine the best cedar for cooking
I only got to test two 'cedar's -- Western Red, and Eastern White.
The results are that more people preferred the taste of the Red, but
everyone found both enjoyable.
The URL is : http://www.ulvr.com/John/cedarplanksalmon /
Thanks for your report on planking the salmon. Eastern White (EW) has
pretty potent allergens in it as I discovered while beltsanding the cedar
walls in the sauna I had just built. I know, it would have been much easier
to do the sanding before the walls were up....it was an afterthought. I
wore a mask but the allergen is a gas that goes through a filter. Symptoms
were asthmatic wheezing for about a week. The pulmonologist told me that
cedar was formerly called lignum vitae, meaning tree of life, and that all
kinds of medicines have been extracted from the wood over the years.
Fortunately for me, the allergy problem resolved itself and the sauna is a
joy on cold winter nights.
If you ever need some more EW, let me know, I have unlimited supplies down
the road at $1 per board foot.
On Tue, 30 May 2006 08:39:05 -0400, Dave W wrote:
<...> The pulmonologist told me that
Certainly lignum vitae means "tree of life" and has been used for
medicinal purposes for ages. But I can't find a reference that links
lignum to cedar. Lignum is extraordinarily hard, heavy, and dense. So
dense, in fact, that it sinks in water. Cedar, OTOH, is a lightweight
softwood. Anyone have further info?
"Here stands baseball's perfect warrior. Here stands baseball's perfect knight."
Nice research. I use regular cedar fence boards (Not treated, obviously. I'm
in S. California, so I guess it's western red). Cooked in the barbeque. I
recommend a pat of butter and a sprinkle of Old Bay seasoning. Always a big
No, don't turn it. It only takes maybe 10 minutes to cook.
Use low heat directly under the board, and higher heat on the other burner
so it cooks mostly from the top. You want to board to create smoke. The
board is soaked in water so it doesn't burn up (too much). The board will be
charred on the bottom. I've seen boards for sale that say you can re-use
them. I don't see how, burned on the bottom, and fish goop on the top, yuk.
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