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Old 08-09-2006, 07:51 PM   #1
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Seared Steak in Kitchen... Smoked Up The Whole House

I was watching rachel ray the other day, and she pan-fried steaks with olive oil. So I tried it. The steak turned out just like as shown on the show. But I turned around and looked across the kitchen, and the whole house was full of smoke! I couldn't even see across the living/dining rooms. Now the whole house stinks and it really pissed off my roommates. What did I do wrong? Any tips on deodorizing?

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Old 08-09-2006, 07:56 PM   #2
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You didn't do anything wrong. That does happen. What you need to do is make sure you have an exhaust fan on and a window open.

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Old 08-09-2006, 07:58 PM   #3
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Yep. It happens.
Tell your roommates to mellow out and enjoy dinner.
They are lucky they have someone to cook for them.
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Old 08-09-2006, 07:59 PM   #4
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Thank You for the welcome.

I don't have an exhaust fan, unfortunately. There is an overhead microwave above the stove, where the fan would normally be. But I must have done something wrong. On the show, the steaks didn't smoke at all while cooking. When I did it, they didn't seem overwhelming until by the time I was done and realized I can't see across the house. I didn't use but a couple tbsp of olive oil. Maybe the heat was too high?
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Nope trust me you did it right. You didn't see the smoke on the TV show because the set they are on has a ton of open space and the have powerful fans going. Steaks do smoke like that when you cook them inside. If they didn't then you probably would have been doing something wrong.
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I no longer pan broil because the kitchen in our current home has a crappy down-draft vent -- a good hood with powerful fans vented to the outside is essential for pan grilling, as well as many other things. Thus the beauty of the gas grill just outside the back door.
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Your heat was probably a tad too high since olive oil has a relatively low smoke point. Rachel Ray does so many retakes there's rarely any hot food around her. I use a raised cast iron skillet at home to grill mark sometimes and the place always looks like a fire just got put out. Love that smell though!
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Cooking steaks inside is a perfect way to test your fire alarms!
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Old 08-09-2006, 08:07 PM   #9
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Your heat was probably a tad too high since olive oil has a relatively low smoke point. Rachel Ray does so many retakes there's rarely any hot food around her. I use a raised cast iron skillet at home to grill mark sometimes and the place always looks like a fire just got put out. Love that smell though!
Yeah. But although I let the oil heat up in the pan all the way before putting the steak on, the smoke was minimal until I put on the meat and then it was
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Old 08-09-2006, 09:56 PM   #10
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Smoke happens when you pan fry a steak. As others have already noted - you need a good exhaust vent over the stove that vents to the outside or you need to open some windows, turn the fan on your AC to the on position, and have something like a box fan sitting in the window nearest the kitchen blowing out (so it draws the smoke out).

There is a possibility that you pan was a little hotter than it needed to be (what type of pan, what type of stove, what temp setting, how thick were the steaks, how long did you cook them, etc.) although it appeared to be at the perfect temp when you started out. Although Emeril is the one that harps on "using your knob" - if you watch Rachel - she does it, too.

Yes, steaks will add more fat to the pan, along with meat juices, during cooking - and the better the grade of beef - the more fat. These all contribute to the smoke.

Next time (I know, Rachel didn't do it this way on the show) ... preheat your oven to 350-400 F. Heat your pan, sear the steaks on each side for about 2 minutes - them pop the skillet into the oven to finish. You will have developed the flavors from searing the meat - and you will not smoke up the house/apt as much.

To deodorize - maybe try that Fabreeze stuff, burn some incense or scented candles?
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