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    What to do with a blow torch?

    I was roaming around in the kitchen tonight and found a blow torch I had bought a long time ago for creme brulee but actually never used. So, besides the classical creme and merengue, any ideas for creative (culinary) uses for the blow torch?

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    Charring the skins on baby heirloom tomatoes.
    Cauterizing wounds maybe?
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    99% of the time i use my torch to light cigarettes...
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    Just about anything you would finish in a broiler, including melting/ browning cheese. But in all seriousness, the little creme brulee novelty torches are a little, well, wimpy. We keep a flamer thrower from Home Depot around for this type of kitchen duty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecchef View Post
    Charring the skins on baby heirloom tomatoes.
    Cauterizing wounds maybe?
    I hope nobody actually does that I have on many an occasion used super glue and finished work. I now use surgical glue because it isn't neuro toxic, but dont feel any ill effects from my using super glue.

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    Nothing like a blow torch to even out the browning, crisping skin, lighting my charcoal grills, lighting my gas range, oh and creme brulee. I've had an Iwatani torch for the last 7 or 8 years. It's invaluable. It stays next to my stove at all times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhlee View Post
    Nothing like a blow torch to even out the browning, crisping skin, lighting my charcoal grills, lighting my gas range, oh and creme brulee. I've had an Iwatani torch for the last 7 or 8 years. It's invaluable. It stays next to my stove at all times.
    Ratings look good, and reasonable price. May have to pick this up. Can't have too many kitchen toys/ um.. tools

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    Lighting pilot lights, brulee scallops, and starting a wood oven.

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    bruleeing scallops sounds good. I guess that salmon skins would also work. How about tuna tataki? Will that burn the spices? I wish I had a gas stove or a good grill (or an egg) to use it as a lighter... Does it also work to char the skins on bell peppers?

    Stefan

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