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bprescot
05-06-2013, 11:24 PM
In our recent house hunt we stumbled across one home that had a unique feature. The Kitchen was equipped with a newish 6 burner Garland Range and a new Garland Salamander. Having a TRULY Commercial range... okay sure. I guess I understand the appeal (though the exceptions I'd have to get on my insurance are annoying.) But a Salamander? What in the FRACK does a home cook need with a Salamander?!?!? Considering that for the cost of both (plus extra insurance etc.) they could have just as easily gotten a Bluestar with the fancy, super-hot IR Broiler... Am I missing something here? DOES a Salamander have a place in the home kitchen?!?!

mkriggen
05-07-2013, 02:29 AM
Uh, what's a salamander?:confused:

Crothcipt
05-07-2013, 04:08 AM
Most people have one in the kitchen as it is. They usually call it a broiler. If you are doing a lot of cooking then it would be reasonable.

Also bragging rights.

shaneg
05-07-2013, 06:46 AM
maybe they really like grilled cheese sandwiches..
Salamander is what we call them here too.

NO ChoP!
05-07-2013, 07:53 AM
A salamander is similar to a cheesemelter, but usually has a moveable shelf with a pistol grip-like mechanism. Some are infrared. They actually work quite well for broiling fish and steaks.

bprescot
05-07-2013, 10:43 AM
Uh, what's a salamander?:confused:

My bad. That's just what I know them by, but I actually don't know what the heck their official name is.

One of these guys:

http://img.archiexpo.com/images_ae/photo-g/commercial-gas-salamander-grill-9819-1947825.jpg

knyfeknerd
05-07-2013, 10:45 AM
SALLY!!!!!

bprescot
05-07-2013, 10:48 AM
And not to be confused with one of them Old-School Salamanders, which, as a home cook, I STILL TOTALLY NEED/WANT!!!

Thing is BADA$$

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_R1BQcnTnBNg/TRTMWr4nE4I/AAAAAAAABh0/PN6RAfTJRK0/s1600/m_salamander0009.jpg

WildBoar
05-07-2013, 11:26 AM
Bluestar offers home range w/ salemanders. For my use it is a waste of space, as I'd rather have the footprint devoted to burners. But it would be fun to play with one every now and then. You can use it as a plate warmer, cheese-melter, browner, etc.

El Pescador
05-07-2013, 12:04 PM
I would totally buy one if I had the option. I think they are much more useful than the griddle i had on my Viking. The griddle was a pain in the ass to clean.

slowtyper
05-13-2013, 01:28 AM
We have a sali at work that doesn't get used at all except for as a shelf to hold flash pans. It kind of makes me sad.

berko
05-13-2013, 04:05 AM
we have 2 at work and use em for nearly everything. id love to have one at home, but most of the time they use high voltage...