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Bruleé torch?

So my girlfriend got me a bruleé torch for my birthday knowing that I love kitchen gizmos. Three problems one, I don't own ramekins (and I'm not interested in buying some), two: I don't particularly like Creme Bruleé, and three, my girlfriend's lactose intolerant.

So no creme bruleé. But there have to be other cool things to do with it. I know about roasting peppers with it (I usually use the burner), but what other cool stuff can I do with it now that I've loaded it up and tested out the bitchin' flame? I eat pretty much anything, and I am an intermediate cook (no homemade pastry or anything), but I'm not half bad in the kitchen.

Thanks a ton.

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  1. You can use it to basically caramelize the surface of anything. I just saw Mike Simon on ICA brûlée a banana slice. I've used mine to melt cheese on things like apps, burn sugar sprinkles on lots of things. Oh, and you know how sometimes you try to spread cold butter on toast...well zap it with a few hundred degree flame and there you go. Also, those little brûlée torches are nice, but if you get into using it head over to the hardware store and pick up a big butane torch, much easier to use and more efficient.

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    1. re: Shane Greenwood

      And when the mac and cheese doesn't get quite as crunchy brown on top as you like it, your torch will fix that problem in a hurry.

    2. First of all, nice girlfriend! You can use it to caramelize onions and to brown meats. If you cook your meat all the way through and you don't want it to be overcooked and tough but you want it to have that nice brown finish, just flame it for a couple of seconds. For caramelizing onions you can cook them the normal way (sautee) but then just finish tem off with the torch for a crisper crunch. Good luck!

      1. I once ordered Bananas Foster in a restaurant, and rather than being served as a flambe' dish, it was served in a glass dessert bowl with a hard crust on top, which I assumed meant it was torched rather than flamed. Not my favorite, but an interesting alternative.

        1. Toast marshmallows

          Heat up hot dogs

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Yes on the marshmallows - and you can swipe the hershey bars on the graham crackers a couple of times insuring the gooey-est smores ever. Ours is on smores duty in front of the TV a lot more than anything in the kitchen.

            1. re: applehome

              Hmm, I've resisted getting a brulee torch because I can get a decent brulee in the oven broiler but I am reconsidering for this. There isn't a good way to melt marshmallows w/out a camp fire.

              1. re: chowser

                Well, sometimes I'll just hold the marshmallow (on a skewer) over the stove top for a minute or so.

                It works, but doesn't have the same charm of a campfire (or even a fireplace).

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  It works okay for a gast stove but not worth it on a flat top electric range.

          2. I used mine to light candles in a power outage once while house-sitting for my folks. I had no idea where the matches were, but you can bet I knew exactly where my brulee torch was!