What am I doing wrong when I cook steaks in a cast iron?

What am I doing wrong when I cook steaks in a cast iron?

Whenever I heat the pan up enough to achieve Leidenfrost and put a steak in there it creates an incredible amount of smoke that sets the fire alarm off constantly and fills the whole room pretty thickly. I have to be doing something wrong here.

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Nothing, that's normal. You should be opening a window to let fresh air in and turn on your oven hood to suck the smoke out, or do what I do and just take the batteries out of the smoke alarm.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      If I tamper with the smoke alarm an investigator comes to my apartnent and I'm charged an extra fee in my rental invoice.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Then don't do it, a lot of cooking is off limits to shitty apartments that don't invest in good ventilation.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Just take the smoke alarm off the wall, and put it back when you're done.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        just put a plastic bag over it.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Use a high temperature oil like avocado, and use just enough to thinly cover the bottom of the pan. Probably about 4tbsp for a 12in skillet. Smoke is just gonna be a thing when searing steaks, which is part of why people generally prefer grilling them outside. Open a window, turn your vent on full force, and maybe get a small fan to help with air circulation.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Whenever I heat the pan up enough to achieve Leidenfrost
    Calm down, Adolf

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I guess he just needs more lebensraum.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    you're heating the pan too hot. Turn down the temperature.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    you're not doing anything wrong
    high heat cooking requires a hood vent or going outside
    i cook my steaks on a deployable tv tray outside with a gas burner
    takes 5 min

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >i cook my steaks on a deployable tv tray outside with a gas burner
      holy shit I'm going to remember this forever. thanks anon

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just start from a low heat and turn it up as it starts to cook. Finish it in the oven if it's not fully cooked afterwards.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >he fell for the cast iron meme
    lol
    >I have some shitty pan with le heckin layers of burnt grease why is it smoking??

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      god damn you're moronic

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        and yet my clean stainless steel doesn't set off any alarms when I cook in it. because I don't need to smear oil and gunk around in it to "season" it

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          you're moronic lmao

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            not an argument
            keep falling for cooking memes you see on youtube

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >cast iron is a meme
              cooklet spotted

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          i spent a good amount like 400 bucks on stainless pots and pans and they suck compared to my seasoned cast iron.
          only thing i don't use it for is stir fry type shit and eggs

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >sets the fire alarm off
    better question is why the frick is there a fire alarm in your kitchen?
    they're designed to be in bedrooms to wake you up at night if there's a fire

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      no one does that
      that would be dumb because then it wouldn't detect a fire in the kitchen just because bedroom doors are closed

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You dumb frick, it’s supposed to be in a hallway outside of the kitchen and or bedroom. Not directly inside the kitchen. Especially not in burger houses without proper vent hoods

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >it wouldn't detect a fire in the kitchen
        if there's a fire in the kitchen its because you're in there fricking starting it, moron
        smoke alarms are literally designed to wake people up at night if there's a fire while you're sleeping, because you cant smell smoke when you're asleep.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          they are meant to be loud enough to wake people in other rooms, but the smoke must reach the detector to trigger it

          for that reason, and confirmed by me who has lived experience, they are placed in the common living/kitchen area not bedrooms, because bedrooms usually have doors

          there aren't many ways to start a fire in a bedroom while asleep

          yet it's a cliche for people to forget to turn the oven off, or leave a burner on, or cook things a long time in the kitchen. so it is vital to detect fires starting in the kitchen

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            no one does that
            that would be dumb because then it wouldn't detect a fire in the kitchen just because bedroom doors are closed

            you morons. i install smoke detectors for work and they have to pass a city inspection. now one is required in each bedroom, and one minimum on each floor, and within 12 ft of a bedroom. they are NOT required in kitchens and its a bad idea to put them there because they'll be going off every time you cook anything that puts off smoke.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm in a student apartment, I live in one room basically.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I know my home has em installed right fricking next to the kitchen and in the hallways instead of rooms. It's like whoever built the place was anti-cooking and wanted them to scream at the slightest hint of cooking.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Assuming he means smoke alarm, they're in most rooms now, and are all wired together so if a fire starts in the basement at 3am they'll all go off, including the one in your bedroom, so you can get out before you're engulfed in flames and sear yourself to the bedframe.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    @20496343

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah, that's what we do.
    Cover the smoke alarm with a bag
    Open some windows, and set a fan by one.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The heat is too high. Get a thick steak, salt it on both sides, sear one side at high heat for about three minutes, flip it, and finish in a 400 degree oven for 3-5 minutes. Don't use oil. The steak shouldn't smoke if your pan and burner are clean. If the steak sticks when you try to flip it, let it cook another minute to form crust and then it should flip easily. Use a thin metal spatula.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Whenever I heat the pan up enough to achieve Leidenfrost
    well there's your problem, you need the leidenfire effect

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Your steak doesn't have enough fat, use avocado oil. You're not really supposed to sear cheap/tough cuts of meat though, those are for mostly for stews/roasts.

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The only thing that's "wrong" is your building's landlord/owner was too cheap to install a range hood for your stove to suck up all the smoke and the smellz from cooking, because they correctly figured that most people under the age of 50 looking for apartments nowadays barely cook their own meals, and when they do its some frozen pizza bullshit, so they only need the barest of kitchen essentials. I have multiple zoomcel employees in my department who eat out/order delivery and spend over 50% of their paychecks on food, believe it or not. The other thing that was wrong was you didn't tell your realtor that you require a unit with a range hood and gas stove, something I always made sure to ask for back when I lived in apartments. Hopefully you've learned your lesson.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What world do you live in, where people renting student apartments are using a "realtor"?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I live in Texas and that's how I do it. You can go to the apartment complexes if you want to get fricked over by corporate investment firms who run the places like slumlords and never fix anything

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the ripping hot pan in order to cook a steak is a meme.
    a pan should be very hot, but not too hot:

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    @20497164
    You sould like you have skill issues cast iron, cast iron is not greasy.
    Pic unrelated, verification not required.

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    its steam. your steak is still wet.
    do the reverse sear, primarily to dry it.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Or dry brine it (salt it 24 hours ahead of time).

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        i do both

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Leidenfrost sounds like a mountain flower name

  19. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Close all internal doors
    >Open all external doors and windows in your smoke zone
    >Crank rangehood fan to Max Power
    >Cook your steak
    >Remove pan from hot element and leave rangehood on while it rests
    >Leave house opened until smoke is gone
    That's all you can do. Take the smoke alarm down if you have to.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      put a fan on the open window sill, it will do wonders

  20. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Incredibly amount of smoke? Ehh, what is it a really fatty steak or something?

    But yeah high heat cooking requires a decent cooking vent. Otherwise the best you can do is open a window and remove your fire alarms while cooking.

  21. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >he can't figure out how to cook on cast iron
    >he can't figure out how to cook on stainless steel
    >argues
    >makes excuses
    >espouses meme terminology like reverse sear as though they mean anything of import to technique
    If not a pretty thorough troll ticking off the boxes, just give up on life. You're too moronic to cook.

  22. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Try atk's cold sear method

  23. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I cook my steaks in a ceramic non-stick pan to medium rare and I don’t have this issue.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I sleep in a big bed with my wife.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >I sleep in a bed with my big wife.
        ftfy

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Keeps me warm in the winter, gives me shade in the summer.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >And milk spring & fall.

  24. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Exhaust hard, use butter because it browns faster, mapp torch to sear opposite side. There's no getting around the smoke but you can decrease the time it smokes, therefore decreasing the volume of smoke.

  25. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >get yer casty boi RIPPIN HOT
    Stop doing this. Searing is way more efficient at around 330 degrees pan temperature, and you won't overcook the inside before you've gotten a good browning that way, either.

  26. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You're not using enough fat. Cover the pan edge-to-edge with fat

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Also use a smaller pan to reduce fat waste.

  27. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    use higher smoke point oil. i use avocado

  28. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My fire alarm set off once while I air fried turkey bacon. Stupid piece of fricking junk

  29. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Smoke alarm not needed. No use case found.

  30. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    smoke is inevitable when you're melting beef fat like that, open a window

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