13 Things a Man Can Cook with a Blowtorch

by: Esteban On  Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Tags:  Blowtorch   Cooking   Food   Guys   Steaks  

blowtorch cooking

Guys, are you looking for a way to make cooking more awesome? Ladies, are you trying to get your guy to help out more in the kitchen? If so, the answer is simple: buy a blowtorch. And no, I am not kidding. There are a number of amazing and delicious things that you can cook with a blowtorch. With some, the blowtorch isn’t really necessary, but it does make the process easier (and way more fun). With others, though, the blowtorch actually provides something no other cooking methods can.

Fascinated? I don’t blame you. So let’s get started.

 

13. Marshmallows

toasting marshmallows with blowtorch

S’mores are amazing, so why do we only eat them when we go camping? I say stop the madness. Pop in to your local hardware store, pick up a blowtorch, and toast some marshmallows in your kitchen tonight. (Unfortunately, you’ll probably have to go to the grocery store to get the marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers.)

Now all we have to do is come up with a new name for this delicacy that doesn’t so ridiculous.

 

12. Creme Brulée

creme brulee blowtorch cooking

If you really like creme brulée and you fashion yourself a bit of a cook, then you are undoubtedly aware that specialty kitchen shops sell little mini blowtorches designed specifically for bruléeing the top of your creme brulée. But you know what? Those things are butane torches, which means they’re basically glorified cigarette lighters. If you want to make creme brulée like a boss, use a real blowtorch.

Just, um, read the instructions first so you don’t burn your house down.

 

11. Baked Alaska

baked alaska with blowtorch

Contrary to what you might think, Baked Alaska is not a casserole featuring moose sausage. It’s a tasty and, until now, complicated dessert. Traditionally, it features a scoop of ice cream on top of a slice of sponge cake, which are then both covered with meringue and popped in the oven. This cooks the meringue, which also insulates the ice cream.

Obviously, doing this with a blow torch instead of an oven is more awesome and even a little easier. Some might say that the blow torch won’t cook the meringue thoroughly and that the traditional method is preferable. But you know what? If it’s just a thin layer of meringue it probably will cook through, because it’s just egg and sugar after all.

So I say impress the hell out of your girlfriend on Valentine’s Day by making this bad boy. Or maybe the next one…

 

10. Cupcakes

badass blowtorch cupcakes

You know what two things are awesome? Cupcakes and caramelized sugar. If only there were a way to combine th—oh, wait, there is. Use a blowtorch. It won’t do much to improve the cake icing you get out of a can from the grocery store, but it’ll make a light sugary icing like this one pretty amazing.

 

9. Vegetables

charred bell peppers with blowtorch

You need to eat vegetable every day. The problem, if we’re being honest, is that vegetables aren’t all that amazing compared with the other food options out there. Plus, you have to cook them.

But, like every culinary problem on this list, the blowtorch is the answer. Roast your veggies—like peppers or tomatoes—with a blowtorch. It’s a lot faster than doing it in the oven, plus you get to play with an open flame like some kind of manly welder. Then you can slap those now-tastier veggies on a sandwich and take it to work.

 

8. Fish

blowtorch sushi

There are several ways to use a blowtorch on fish. The most obvious use is this: if you’re just cooking a filet straight up, you can use the torch to tighten the skin and make it more crisp before popping it into the oven. A more advanced use is something fancy sushi chef sometimes do: use the blowtorch to sear the outside of a raw piece of fish. You don’t cook it. You just sear it.

Of course, I don’t know many people who make their own sushi, so this probably isn’t too useful. But hey, if you’re looking for a new challenge in the kitchen…

 

7. Skillet Pizza

skillet pizza with blowtorch

Did you even know you can make pizza in the skillet without ever turning on your stove? Well, you can. And if you want to try this method, I recommend using a blow torch to brown the crust and the cheese, as well as roast your veggies.

Just think about how awesome that is: blowtorch pizza. Sounds like a Super Bowl party menu item to me.

 

6. Mac & Cheese

browning macaroni and cheese with blowtorch

Homemade macaroni and cheese is crazy delicious, but it’s hard to be patient and let the oven take 40 minutes to give you a nice golden crust on tope. So use a blowtorch to expedite the process. And while you’re at it, add some crunch by sprinkling it with bread crumbs before taking the torch to it.

 

5. Peeling Tomatoes

blowtorch roasting tomatoes

When it comes to fresh tomatoes vs. canned tomatoes, there really is no comparison. Sure, in the winter canned might be better than the fresh stuff offered at the store, but in the summer you’d be crazy to go with canned.

The problem, though, is that it’s a pain in the butt to peel tomatoes for use in sauces and chili…unless you own a blow torch. If you do, just fire those babies up a bit and the skins will peel right off. Then you’ll have the most amazing chili ever.

 

4. Oatmeal

caramelized oatmean with blowtorch

News flash: oatmeal is one of those so-called “superfoods” the TV doctors are always talking about. You know—the ones with anti-oxidants and whatnot that cure cancer, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, increase sexual stamina, eliminate athletes foot, and make you an all-around better human being. The only problem with oatmeal is that is doesn’t taste good.

But if you have a blowtorch, oatmeal can taste good. Put some fresh fruit on top of the oatmeal, sprinkle it with brown sugar and cinnamon, and then light that baby up. You won’t be sorry.

 

3. Prime Rib

Thomas Kellar, the celebrity chef who founded the famous restaurant in Napa Valley called “The French Laundry,” has shared with the world his secret for perfect prime rib.

You see, prime rib has to be rare, and thus it’s best cooked at a very low temp. The problem with this is that it’s hard to get a nice caramelized crust at that temp. You could broil it or something first, but that would cook a little too deep. So instead, the best solution is, as always, the blowtorch. Before popping the roast into the oven, char the outside with a blowtorch.

Best. Prime. Rib. Ever.

 

2. Bacon Wrapped Anything

bacon wrapped scallops with blowtorch

You know what’s awesome? Wrapping superior foods like bacon around inferior foods like water chestnuts or scallops to make them super delicious. The only problem here is that it’s hard to get the bacon good and crispy just be baking it in the oven.

So you know what to do: take a blow torch to the bacon-wrapped whatevers before popping them in the oven. It’ll be delicious.

 

1. Frozen Steak

No, I am not kidding. Last January, the New York Times ran this feature that forever changed my life.

The perfect steak, of course, has a delicious charred exterior with a perfectly rare, medium rare, or medium interior. But with conventional cooking methods you are presented with a problem: the better the exterior char, the worse the interior pink; and the better the interior pink, the worse the exterior char.

Luckily there is a solution that yields the perfect combination of char and pink: char the outside of the frozen steak with a blowtorch—yes, while still frozen. Then pop that bad boy in the oven at a low temp to cook it until the desired level of doneness.

 





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