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    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: Cooking with a blowtorch

    Steve B wrote:
    > I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant cooking to toast
    > marshmallow toppings, and other things. I have seen them used to make foods
    > more appealing during photography sessions. I have one of these, and I
    > have propane and MAPP gases. Does using these small torches impart any
    > taste to the foods? Would you use propane or MAPP?
    >
    > Steve
    >
    >



    Use propane. MAPP is more expensive and might have a taste. (I use
    an electric heat gun in the kitchen sometimes to brown things. Have
    used a propane torch before to roast peppers)

    Bob

  2. #2
    phaeton Guest

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    On Dec 17, 11:33*am, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    > Steve B wrote:
    > > I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant cooking to toast
    > > marshmallow toppings, and other things. *I have seen them used to make foods
    > > more appealing during photography sessions. * I have one of these, and I
    > > have propane and MAPP gases. *Does using these small torches impart any
    > > taste to the foods? *Would you use propane or MAPP?

    >
    > > Steve

    >
    > Use propane. *MAPP is more expensive and might have a taste. *(I use
    > an electric heat gun in the kitchen sometimes to brown things. *Have
    > used a propane torch before to roast peppers)
    >
    > Bob


    Just watch for exhaust gas buildup in the house. Carbon Monoxide and
    all its friends.

  3. #3
    ostap bender Guest

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    On Dec 17, 9:33*am, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    > Steve B wrote:
    > > I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant cooking to toast
    > > marshmallow toppings, and other things. *I have seen them used to make foods
    > > more appealing during photography sessions. * I have one of these, and I
    > > have propane and MAPP gases. *Does using these small torches impart any
    > > taste to the foods? *Would you use propane or MAPP?

    >
    > > Steve

    >
    > Use propane. *MAPP is more expensive and might have a taste. *(I use
    > an electric heat gun in the kitchen sometimes to brown things. *Have
    > used a propane torch before to roast peppers)
    >


    I use propane torch too, the biggest one that Home Depot sells. Great
    for imparting "grilled"/"seared"outside texture/flavour to fish,
    meat, desserts, etc.

    I got it after I saw Heston Blumenthal swear by it in "Kitchen
    Chemistry" as a finishing searing touch to his low temperature, ultra–
    slow cooking.


  4. #4
    Steve B Guest

    Default Cooking with a blowtorch

    I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant cooking to toast
    marshmallow toppings, and other things. I have seen them used to make foods
    more appealing during photography sessions. I have one of these, and I
    have propane and MAPP gases. Does using these small torches impart any
    taste to the foods? Would you use propane or MAPP?

    Steve



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    Pete C. Guest

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    zxcvbob wrote:
    >
    > Steve B wrote:
    > > I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant cooking to toast
    > > marshmallow toppings, and other things. I have seen them used to make foods
    > > more appealing during photography sessions. I have one of these, and I
    > > have propane and MAPP gases. Does using these small torches impart any
    > > taste to the foods? Would you use propane or MAPP?
    > >
    > > Steve
    > >
    > >

    >
    > Use propane. MAPP is more expensive and might have a taste. (I use
    > an electric heat gun in the kitchen sometimes to brown things. Have
    > used a propane torch before to roast peppers)
    >
    > Bob


    MAPP is more expensive, however it is also hotter. It has no taste. I
    use MAPP with my Bernz-o-Matic TS4000 for bruleeing my creme brulees and
    many other kitchen tasks.

  6. #6
    Doug Freyburger Guest

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    Steve B wrote:
    >
    > I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant cooking to toast
    > marshmallow toppings, and other things. I have seen them used to make foods
    > more appealing during photography sessions. I have one of these, and I
    > have propane and MAPP gases. Does using these small torches impart any
    > taste to the foods?


    When doing caramelization the flame definitely alters the flavor of the
    sugar. Try comparing powdered sugar to caramel candy side by side to
    get a closer experience of the effect.

    > Would you use propane or MAPP?


    I would use the type of gas the torch was made for because these are
    explosive gases and it's dangerous to use them incorrectly. You wrote
    that you have a "propane" torch. The terminology is specific and
    important and not to be taken as a generic meaning. Use propane for a
    propane torch, MAPP gas for a MAPP torch.

    Having used both types, the MAPP torches burn hotter. The higher heat
    will caramelize the sugar on top of cream brulee' very fast so I think
    MAPP torches are better for cream brulee'. Don't be surprized if you
    burn one while learning the pace but from there on you'll be making your
    cream brulee' with a perfectly browned crispy shell.

    Because marshmallows are lighter the less intense flame of a propane
    torch might work better. The right tool for the job.

  7. #7
    James Silverton Guest

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    Doug wrote on Thu, 17 Dec 2009 18:45:47 +0000 (UTC):

    > Steve B wrote:
    >>
    >> I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant
    >> cooking to toast marshmallow toppings, and other things. I
    >> have seen them used to make foods more appealing during
    >> photography sessions. I have one of these, and I have
    >> propane and MAPP gases. Does using these small torches
    >> impart any taste to the foods?


    > When doing caramelization the flame definitely alters the
    > flavor of the sugar. Try comparing powdered sugar to caramel
    > candy side by side to get a closer experience of the effect.


    >> Would you use propane or MAPP?


    > I would use the type of gas the torch was made for because
    > these are explosive gases and it's dangerous to use them
    > incorrectly. You wrote that you have a "propane" torch. The
    > terminology is specific and important and not to be taken as a
    > generic meaning. Use propane for a propane torch, MAPP gas
    > for a MAPP torch.


    > Having used both types, the MAPP torches burn hotter. The
    > higher heat will caramelize the sugar on top of cream brulee'
    > very fast so I think MAPP torches are better for cream
    > brulee'. Don't be surprized if you burn one while learning
    > the pace but from there on you'll be making your cream brulee'
    > with a perfectly browned crispy shell.


    I use my workshop blowtorch to char the skins of peppers and eggplants
    and achieve a smoky flavor after cooking under the broiler. I do the
    charring outdoors, usually on the front doorstep, it only takes a few
    seconds :-)

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


  8. #8
    Zeppo Guest

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    "Steve B" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant cooking to toast
    > marshmallow toppings, and other things. I have seen them used to make
    > foods more appealing during photography sessions. I have one of these,
    > and I have propane and MAPP gases. Does using these small torches impart
    > any taste to the foods? Would you use propane or MAPP?
    >
    > Steve

    I picked up a small version that resembles one of those long BBQ lighters,
    except that the flame is a pretty strong jet. I've only used it to sear fish
    and crisp stuff when I was in too much of a hurry to wait for the broiler to
    do it. It's one of those 'fun' kitchen tools.

    Jon


  9. #9
    Doug Freyburger Guest

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    James Silverton wrote:
    > Doug wrote:
    >
    >> Having used both types, the MAPP torches burn hotter ...

    >
    > I use my workshop blowtorch to char the skins of peppers


    For peppers burning hotter and faster isn't a good idea. A propane
    torch would work better on them.

    > and eggplants


    I haven't flamed eggplants before. Thanx for the suggestion.

  10. #10
    Dave Smith Guest

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    Steve B wrote:
    > I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant cooking to toast
    > marshmallow toppings, and other things. I have seen them used to make foods
    > more appealing during photography sessions. I have one of these, and I
    > have propane and MAPP gases. Does using these small torches impart any
    > taste to the foods? Would you use propane or MAPP?


    I just use a regular propane torch. I did a quick web search and the
    cheapest kitchen torch was $20. Some are a lot more. You can get a basic
    propane torch for less and it you is in the work shop too. Propane
    cylinders are cheap and easy to find.

  11. #11
    James Silverton Guest

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    Doug wrote on Thu, 17 Dec 2009 21:08:42 +0000 (UTC):

    > James Silverton wrote:
    >> Doug wrote:
    >>
    >>> Having used both types, the MAPP torches burn hotter ...

    >>
    >> I use my workshop blowtorch to char the skins of peppers


    > For peppers burning hotter and faster isn't a good idea. A
    > propane torch would work better on them.


    >> and eggplants


    >I haven't flamed eggplants before. Thanx for the suggestion.



    Roasted Eggplant with Tomato and Onion

    (Baingan Bhartha) is good.

    There is also
    Roasted Eggplant Salad with Capers and Onions

    Italians call this caponata.:



    Recipes or URLs can be provided on request.


    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


  12. #12
    Omelet Guest

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    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    ostap bender <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Dec 17, 9:33*am, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    > > Steve B wrote:
    > > > I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant cooking to toast
    > > > marshmallow toppings, and other things. *I have seen them used to make
    > > > foods
    > > > more appealing during photography sessions. * I have one of these, and I
    > > > have propane and MAPP gases. *Does using these small torches impart any
    > > > taste to the foods? *Would you use propane or MAPP?

    > >
    > > > Steve

    > >
    > > Use propane. *MAPP is more expensive and might have a taste. *(I use
    > > an electric heat gun in the kitchen sometimes to brown things. *Have
    > > used a propane torch before to roast peppers)
    > >

    >
    > I use propane torch too, the biggest one that Home Depot sells. Great
    > for imparting "grilled"/"seared"outside texture/flavour to fish,
    > meat, desserts, etc.
    >
    > I got it after I saw Heston Blumenthal swear by it in "Kitchen
    > Chemistry" as a finishing searing touch to his low temperature, ultra*
    > slow cooking.


    A dedicated kitchen torch is a good thing...
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Human nature seems to be to control other people until they put their foot down."
    --Steve Rothstein

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Thu, 17 Dec 2009 10:08:14 -0800, Steve B wrote:

    > I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant cooking to toast
    > marshmallow toppings, and other things. I have seen them used to make foods
    > more appealing during photography sessions. I have one of these, and I
    > have propane and MAPP gases. Does using these small torches impart any
    > taste to the foods?


    Not if you use food grain propane.

    (Somebody had to do it).

    -sw

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    brooklyn1 Guest

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    SquawTX wrote:

    >On Thu, 17 Dec 2009 10:08:14 -0800, Steve B wrote:
    >
    >> I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant cooking to toast
    >> marshmallow toppings, and other things. I have seen them used to make foods
    >> more appealing during photography sessions. I have one of these, and I
    >> have propane and MAPP gases. Does using these small torches impart any
    >> taste to the foods?

    >
    >Not if you use food grain propane.
    >
    >(Somebody had to do it).
    >

    And the dwarf has the noive to rant about my Crystal Palace...
    guzzling that _grain_ propane again, eh.

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    Omelet Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Thu, 17 Dec 2009 10:08:14 -0800, Steve B wrote:
    >
    > > I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant cooking to toast
    > > marshmallow toppings, and other things. I have seen them used to make
    > > foods
    > > more appealing during photography sessions. I have one of these, and I
    > > have propane and MAPP gases. Does using these small torches impart any
    > > taste to the foods?

    >
    > Not if you use food grain propane.
    >
    > (Somebody had to do it).
    >
    > -sw


    <schmack>!!!
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Human nature seems to be to control other people until they put their foot down."
    --Steve Rothstein

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    [email protected]
    Subscribe: [email protected]

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    Omelet Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    brooklyn1 <[email protected]> wrote:

    > SquawTX wrote:
    >
    > >On Thu, 17 Dec 2009 10:08:14 -0800, Steve B wrote:
    > >
    > >> I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant cooking to toast
    > >> marshmallow toppings, and other things. I have seen them used to make
    > >> foods
    > >> more appealing during photography sessions. I have one of these, and I
    > >> have propane and MAPP gases. Does using these small torches impart any
    > >> taste to the foods?

    > >
    > >Not if you use food grain propane.
    > >
    > >(Somebody had to do it).
    > >

    > And the dwarf has the noive to rant about my Crystal Palace...
    > guzzling that _grain_ propane again, eh.


    That was a Thorsonism babe... Did you miss that rather long thread a
    couple of years ago? ;-)
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Human nature seems to be to control other people until they put their foot down."
    --Steve Rothstein

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    [email protected]
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    David Harmon Guest

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    On Thu, 17 Dec 2009 09:38:26 -0800 (PST) in rec.food.cooking, phaeton
    <[email protected]> wrote,
    >Just watch for exhaust gas buildup in the house. Carbon Monoxide and
    >all its friends.


    A propane torch burning with a blue flame is not producing carbon
    monoxide. Its exhaust is no more dangerous than an indoor gas stove,
    and a much smaller quantity of it.

  18. #18
    Dave Smith Guest

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    Omelet wrote:

    >> I use propane torch too, the biggest one that Home Depot sells. Great
    >> for imparting "grilled"/"seared"outside texture/flavour to fish,
    >> meat, desserts, etc.
    >>
    >> I got it after I saw Heston Blumenthal swear by it in "Kitchen
    >> Chemistry" as a finishing searing touch to his low temperature, ultra*
    >> slow cooking.

    >
    > A dedicated kitchen torch is a good thing...


    Why does it have to be dedicated? I don't use one in the kitchen often
    enough to justify getting a second one. It's not like you have to worry
    about them getting dirty and contaminating the food. I have more room to
    store one in my work shop than in the kitchen, and the odd time I need
    it I can easily get it from the shop.

  19. #19
    Omelet Guest

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    In article <4b2bac1f$0$13680$[email protected]> ,
    Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Omelet wrote:
    >
    > >> I use propane torch too, the biggest one that Home Depot sells. Great
    > >> for imparting "grilled"/"seared"outside texture/flavour to fish,
    > >> meat, desserts, etc.
    > >>
    > >> I got it after I saw Heston Blumenthal swear by it in "Kitchen
    > >> Chemistry" as a finishing searing touch to his low temperature, ultra*
    > >> slow cooking.

    > >
    > > A dedicated kitchen torch is a good thing...

    >
    > Why does it have to be dedicated? I don't use one in the kitchen often
    > enough to justify getting a second one. It's not like you have to worry
    > about them getting dirty and contaminating the food. I have more room to
    > store one in my work shop than in the kitchen, and the odd time I need
    > it I can easily get it from the shop.


    To each their own. :-)
    I also have a dedicated kitchen hacksaw for bones and stuff.
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Human nature seems to be to control other people until they put their foot down."
    --Steve Rothstein

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    [email protected]
    Subscribe: [email protected]

  20. #20
    Gregory Morrow Guest

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    brooklyn1 wrote:

    > SquawTX wrote:
    >
    >> On Thu, 17 Dec 2009 10:08:14 -0800, Steve B wrote:
    >>
    >>> I have seen the small propane torches used in restaurant cooking to
    >>> toast marshmallow toppings, and other things. I have seen them
    >>> used to make foods more appealing during photography sessions. I
    >>> have one of these, and I have propane and MAPP gases. Does using
    >>> these small torches impart any taste to the foods?

    >>
    >> Not if you use food grain propane.
    >>
    >> (Somebody had to do it).
    >>

    > And the dwarf has the noive to rant about my Crystal Palace...
    > guzzling that _grain_ propane again, eh.



    <chuckle>


    --
    Best
    Greg



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