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Cast iron pan smokes when preheating

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Cast iron pan smokes when preheating

TBusidan | Sep 24, 2012 11:05 AM

Hi there, I know this is a newb question but when I preheat my cast iron skillet to get super-hot for searing, the pan will inevitably smoke as the seasoning begins to burn (or if it's not the "seasoning" per se, it's whatever residual oil is on the pan). This is normal right? I'm always wondering if I should be throwing my steaks on as soon as I see smoke, or if this is just part and parcel of cooking with cast iron.

Thanks

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