Have you ever left oil in a pan on high heat only to turn around and find it billowing in smoke? That’s because every fat, whether it be oil, butter or lard, has a smoke point. That’s the temperature at which it stops shimmering and starts sending some serious smoke signals.

That’s why we met up with Janelle Whempner, a culinary instructor at CTE, to help decipher what all of those smoke signals me.

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