Cast Iron pan---my seasoning was smoking
Sorry if this has been covered before, I took a quick look and couldn't find an answer...
I bought my first cast iron pan recently, and used it for the first time yesterday. It was preseasoned, but I did wash it with soap and water and seasoned it myself (as was suggested in the paperwork that came with the pan)...I seasoned with vegetable oil by wiping a little around the inside of the warm pan, and I then I left the pan alone for several days.
Yesterday, I was going to use it for the first time. I put it on the stove on medium (or possibly high) heat to preheat it. Within a couple of minutes, the veggie oil began smoking. It really couldn't have been longer than 3-4 minutes before this started happening. Tops, it was five minutes.
How do you preheat a cast iron pan without having the seasoning smoke? I thought that cast iron is the best thing for searing meat (which I wasn't doing yesterday). But if I were searing meat, I'd usually let the pan get REAL hot before I cook. Maybe have it sitting on the stove for 10-15 minutes, dry. I'm confused...