I bought a carbon steel frying pan. Now I need to season it. I think i messed up the first time. So I scrubbed it clean again. Now how do I now if my oil is polymerized or actually burned?
I heated a thin layer of flaxseed oil until it reached its smoking point and then let it cool and repeat. The coating was really black in the center of the pan and not so smooth. The edges around the center were smooth and golden brown and had a glossy finish.
Did I burn oil in the center and polymerized the edges?