Will this work for a kitchen torch?
October 12, 2011 10:41 PM   Subscribe

Is there any reason I couldn't use this as a kitchen torch? I just got a sous vide setup and need a kitchen torch. From my research, it seems like that one would work. Am I missing anything?
posted by long haired child to Food & Drink (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Propane burns hotter than butane. Whether that is a concern in a cooking context I don't know. But I don't think propane is going to poison you if it touches your food, if that's yur concern.
posted by dfriedman at 10:56 PM on October 12, 2011 [1 favorite]




Er, propane torch.
posted by zsazsa at 11:01 PM on October 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


I use one. I researched the topic before hand.
Never found anything to signify problems.
Not saying that there couldn't be.
posted by Seamus at 11:09 PM on October 12, 2011


We used a propane torch to brown a rib roast before putting it in the oven, and it was definitely better than a kitchen torch (for a fraction of the price). Not sure how a torch would fit into a sous vide setup, but yes, it should do you just fine.
posted by Gilbert at 11:11 PM on October 12, 2011


You're missing that home depot sells a 14 oz. propane cylinder for $3 and a torch head for $15.
posted by hydrophonic at 11:26 PM on October 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


Julia Child apparently didn't mind.
posted by xil at 11:26 PM on October 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


As a professional chef - GOD, YES.

That's what restaurants use.
posted by jbenben at 11:33 PM on October 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thanks everyone, I got it!
posted by long haired child at 11:41 PM on October 12, 2011


Why do you need a propane torch for sous vide? It doesn't make any sense. If you are looking to brown meat after sous vide, use a hot pan. All gas has a flavor that it will impart on anything you use, even creme brulee, and I hate caramelized sugar with a butane/propane flavor.
posted by TheBones at 6:10 AM on October 13, 2011


Just chiming in to say, yes, we use a propane torch at work -- the kind that takes the Coleman propane camping cylinders.
posted by fiercecupcake at 7:06 AM on October 13, 2011


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