A guide to using … a Culinary Torch
Let’s talk about a piece of kitchen equipment that isn’t a must-have but is definitely a game-changer in the kitchen. You’ve probably seen the tool on cooking shows, where with a few deft movements meringues are browned, sugar is turned into a cracking top for Crème Brûlée, or fruit and vegetables are charred to perfection. It is the Culinary Torch.
Don’t be mistaken, the Culinary Torch (also known as a Kitchen Torch) isn’t just for professional chefs. While it’s certainly not a tool for every occasion, once you have one and have mastered using it, this handy gadget will become a firm favourite. Not only will it help you create more professional looking dishes, it can also speed up tasks such as browning.
Want to know more about how to use a Culinary Torch safely and effectively?
Step 1: Fill the torch as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 2: Push the ignition button to light the flame, this should happen instantly.
Pro Tip: The best way to use a Culinary Torch is in sweeping motions, if you leave the flame on one area for too long you may burn the food. Sweep the flame over the area holding it about 5 cm away from the food.