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Should you clean cedar planks with soap?

Is dish soap ok on a plank you plan to use more than once? Or will soap residue get into the wood and vaporize into the egg when you use it again?
Southern California


  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,962
    Just wipe with water...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • TexanOfTheNorthTexanOfTheNorth Posts: 3,917
    i don't bother reusing mine but, if I did, I would not use soap on them.
    Well, "spa-Peggy" is kind of like spaghetti. I'm not sure what Peggy does different, if anything. But it's the one dish she's kind of made her own.
    Aurora, Ontario, Canada
    We get 5 or 6 cooks out of our planks.  We scrub with a dishwashing brush and light soap.  Rinse well afterwards.



    from SANTA CLARA, CA

  • SteveWPBFLSteveWPBFL Posts: 1,316
    I scrub them with a brush and then put them in the Egg after the cook, usually 250-300F dome, so that the heat will kill whatever and so far that seems to work well.
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    I think it would depend.  If the plank was hard and smooth like a cutting board, I suppose you could use soap, although I'd probably scrape it with a food scraper myself.  If the plank was porous, no way I'd use soap.
    The Naked Whiz
  • bicktravbicktrav Posts: 495
    Ok, will do my best to avoid soap. Thanks for the help!
    Southern California
  • BearlodgeBearlodge Posts: 45
    Anyone ever use a light grain sandpaper to bring back that great Cedar scent?
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