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I picked up a great tip last night for those cedar planks that you can get for grilling your fish and also for wooden skewers. You soak whichever you are using in water until thoroughly wet (we know this), but apparently the planks are sold in pkgs of 6 and the tip is to take the extras that you are not using that night, wrap tightly in plastic and freeze. This also translates to wooden skewers. Then they are ready when you want to grill!

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  1. I'm not sure that I'd devote the freezer space for more than one at a time, to be used for spur-of-the-moment grilling. Here's a great way to cut down on the cost of your planks if, as we do, you do plank-grilling frequently. Go to your local Home Depot or lumber yard and buy a cedar fence plank (typically 10 or 12 feet long) and have them cut it into 1 foot lengths. It must be an untreated plank. Presto - for about $3 you have lots of planks. Compare with the prices you'd pay at the grocery.

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    1. re: TomSwift

      Careful, don't let the folks over at Williams-Sonoma in on this, they are getting $15.00 for 4 planks, 15 x 7 inches, and 30.00 for a fancy plank holder.

      1. re: TomSwift

        Like mar52 below, I'm curious to know how you can be sure it's untreated lumber. Not because I want to plank fish, but my husband and I have talked about getting wood from a lumber yard to use in our smoker. It would be a whole lot cheaper than buying bags of wood chunks or chips, but if there's any possibility the wood has chemicals in it I'm not prepared to take the risk.

      2. I don't get why freezing them makes them last longer. What does this do?

        I love plank grilling and found some hickory planks that are wonderful too. They seemed to last longer than the cedar when I grilled a whole salmon side on them. But then again, I soaked that thing for at least an hour or more!

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        1. re: cooknKate

          You can soak more than one plank, then freeze the extras to save on soaking time later.

        2. Question about the Home Depot planks.

          Does it state that they are untreated or do you believe the kid that you ask?

          I'd be afraid

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          1. re: mar52

            I'll admit to taking a small risk. I always find a native english speaking supervisor (sometimes no small feat) and the way I get to the untreated planks is to first ask to see the treated planks. When he (or she) shows me the treated ones, I then ask to see the untreated planks. Then I pick from the untreated stack. So far, no problems.

          2. Nice tip, I could have used it last week! I had my chicken/steak satays out.. BBQ heating up.. went to thread them and totally forgot to soak the bamboo skewers.