Product Type: Kitchen Craft gadgets
Newest Review: ... or 4 months only means that in over 2 years we've still got some of this left in our first can. The can is fitted with a nozzle which fits... more
A torch to illuminate your crème brulees
Kitchen Craft Cook Blow Torch
Member Name: milmol7
Kitchen Craft Cook Blow Torch
Advantages: Simple operation, useful gadget to have around
Disadvantages: Filling takes some getting used to, lightweight and cheap feel
This blow torch is a great gadget to have to hand, even if it doesn't get too many outings. Looking back, in truth it was probably purchased on a bit of a whim after we went on a cookery course and learnt to cook crème brulee!
The blow torch is made of fairly lightweight plastic, and stands 16cm high. It has a silver coloured base and top/nozzle and it's main body is a ridged black plastic.
It needs to be filled with butane gas which is available cheaply from any supermarkets, and comes in cans of 300ml which cost a couple of pounds. Using the torch probably once every 3 or 4 months only means that in over 2 years we've still got some of this left in our first can. The can is fitted with a nozzle which fits into the slot on the underside of the torch, presumably the same arrangement to refillable lighters - you simply push the nozzle firmly and the liquid is transferred into the body of the blow torch. It's impossible to know how much you are dispensing, but you can feel the weight of the liquid inside the blow torch to give you an idea when you've got enough in there. I always do this outside as you do get quite a puff of the gas when pushing it down, especially if you haven't got it connected properly at the first attempt!
To operate the torch, the front nozzle is turned and you hear the gas being emitted. The nozzle can be controlled to regulate the gas, but to light it I just open it fully. A single press on the red "ignite" button, which clicks, and the torch lights with a nice neat blue flame. The nozzle can then be turned to achieve the size of flame you are looking for. I've never had it fail to light.
Being so lightweight, it's really easy to hold the torch in one hand and carry out your desired work with it. The only thing I've used it for is the crème brulee, but it is absolutely perfect for it, and quicker than heating the grill just to burn the sugar on top, which would be the alternative. Other uses could be for glazing meats, searing meat or tuna, charring peppers etc as well as tasks like heating tins to release cold desserts from them.
I was surprised to see that this torch retails at around up to £15, I don't honestly think that it's worth that much, bearing in mind it is very plasticy and lightweight. It can be purchased for around £10 on amazon, and that's a closer reflection of it's value I think. As a gift to someone cheffy-minded, I think it would be a nice idea, and I remember being really excited about it when it was new, but it actually pains me a little now to think I actually shelled out £10 for it!
Summary: Nice to have as a gift, and it does the job well, not sure I would spend £10 on it now though