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Jan 14, 2002 11:00 AM

kitchen torch- uses besides creme brulee?

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Hi all,

I received an awesome kitchen mini-blowtorch thing for Christmas this year. I'm thrilled as it combines two of my favorite things- cooking, and FIRE! I know they're used to carmelize the sugar atop creme brulee, which I'm looking forward to making. But what else can one do with this thing? Are there main courses that I might be able to put to the torch? Other desserts? It would be cool to make a multi-course meal in which everything was torched.

The Pie Queen

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  1. What a great gift! You need to try it on everything you mentioned, and report back... I am a professional pastry chef, but my experience with the blow-torch is confined to creme brulee and kitchen towels at a previous employer...

    Please, let us know and have fun,

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    1. re: Mimi
      The Pie Queen

      Thanks all! What a lot of inventive suggestions. I must say, that I would not have bought this thing for myself. There are other fancy appliances I'd much rather have, and ones that I'd use more often. I mean, how often can one eat creme brulee? (And not become spherical.) Anyway, I'm happy to have other uses for it. I actually made "grapefruit brulee" this morning, and it was pretty good. Roasting red peppers with it is a great idea. And I don't think I've had bananas foster or cherries jubilee, but I guess I will be having them someday in the near future. I'll let you know.

      -The Pie Queen

      p.s. I did try using it to light candles. Total overkill, but what a feeling of power! Whee! >:)

      1. re: The Pie Queen
        Caitlin Wheeler

        Inspired by your post, I made a Gateau Breton (Butter cake from How to Be a Domestic Goddess with my own addition of lemon zest, vanilla and cinnamon and just a smidgen of almond extract) and decided it would be fabulous with a crunchy topping, so I got out my torch, sprinkled on sugar and bruleed! It gives it a wonderful crunchy top.

        1. re: Caitlin Wheeler
          The Pie Queen

          Nice! Flame on, you crazy Kitchen Goddess!


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      Caitlin McGrath

      How about "torched" Alaska?

      1. household DIY projects, like soldering...handy for lighting candles and conducting hard-core seances.

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        1. re: magnolia

          Also for the odd silver soldering job if your jewelry is in need of very minor repairs

        2. actually I've always wondered that myself. What else *can* a mini-blow torch be used for? Whomever thought this one up is a serious marketing genius. Perhaps you can use it to melt the cheese on top of onion soup (though maybe it's too strong for that). Otherwise you could use it for home improvement projects, like soldering...handy for lighting candles and conducting hard-core seances.

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          1. re: magnolia

            I think there's something wrong with me, because I rarely pass up a chance to buy a mini torch or kitchen torch, they fascinate me. If you think the torch is too strong for something, try backing off with it- you may find a k
            inder and gentler torching to your liking.

          2. Instead of the kitchen-only torch for creme brulee, I bought a regular blow torch at Home Depot for only about $12, which included enough fuel for a lifetime of creme brulees, and it works great. I don't plan on sweating any copper pipe with it, but at that price, who cares?

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            1. re: Pat Darnell
              Brandon Nelson

              Me too...

              With the $28 I saved on buying the "kitchen" torch I can afford to experiment with different creme brulee recipes.

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              1. re: Pat Darnell

                I was actually curious about this as well. I have a few torches: a 'bernz-o-matic' propane w/small hand pieces for small flame and a butane one. I use them for non food-related things, but always wondered if I could roast peppers with them & such.

                My main question is: would the gasses (propane, butane) have an effect on the flavor of the food? Or would some be more harmful to use than others... What sort of gas does the kitchen torch use? Butane, I think, smells weird & might taste weird, not to mention the warning on the fuel bottle: "This fuel, and byproducts of combustion of this fuel, contain chemicals known to the state of CA to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm." Double-yikes.