Kollea Refillable Butane Kitchen Torch
Last updated date: December 29, 2019
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Most culinary torches come with a few safety features, but this torch goes above and beyond with anti-flare technology. This prevents the flame from kicking back and burning your hand. The torch only works if you pull the trigger and push the lock button at the same time. In our analysis of 53 expert reviews, the Kollea Kollea Refillable Butane Kitchen Torch placed 3rd when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
Editor's Note January 6, 2020:
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2 2 If you love to throw dinner parties and want to impress your guests with your cooking prowess without spending all night cooking up a storm this hand held Culinary tool is a must! From crisping your bacon for breakfast to caramelizing your favorite fruit you can enhance your cooking and create professional gourmet chef quality cuisine that will amaze your family and friends. Features 111 33 2323 Adjustable Flame Strength Easily adjustable flame slide allows you to reach temperatures up to 1300°C/2500°F! Continuous Flame Control Continuous flame switch (lock) allows you prolonged cook without having to hold down the ignition button. Safety Lock & Finger Guard Finger guard protects you from burns and extreme heat while cooking. Safety lock to protect against accidental ignitions. Multiple Applications 1 3 3 5 Sous Vide's Assistant Help finish your dishes off with a fast sear for perfect flavor and presentation! Take your cooking to a next level. Party Conversation Starter Use the Kollea torch to create fun and flashy cocktails and shots to cheer your guest and family.. Elevate Any Dish Use this culinary torch for Crème Brûlée, tuna melt, toasting peppers, browning meringue, finish a gratin, and so much more! Outdoor Friendly Use Kollea torch lighter for campfires, lighting grill, and even roasting marshmallows. This torch will fulfiil any task for you.
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An Overview On Culinary Torches
Your favorite treats at high-end restaurants might seem out of reach when you’re cooking at home. But crème brûlée, caramelized meringue and that mouthwatering top layer of French onion soup can turn into weeknight meals with a little tool called a culinary torch.
Culinary torches (sometimes called kitchen torches) are handheld butane torches used to melt, brown, toast and caramelize food. They help you create a perfect finish on your dish without risking overcooking from additional time in the oven or on the stovetop. With a culinary torch, you can achieve a crumbly, crispy coating on your macaroni and cheese casserole (minus burnt cheddar in the middle) and browned au gratin potatoes without rock-hard spuds underneath.
Toasting the top of your meals is just the beginning of your culinary torch journey. You can also roast bell peppers with less mess and greater precision, add an extra sear to your steaks and reheat delicate fish with your kitchen torch. Sprinkling a layer of sugar on your desserts and torching it will add a sweet caramelized crunch (and it will help you create crème brûlée, one of the most delectable dishes on the dessert cart).
Butane kitchen torches are simple to use. First, you’ll want to follow your torch’s instructions on how to fill and refill the fuel chamber. A culinary torch with a see-through fuel gauge will help you keep tabs on your fuel status.
Next, take a look at your torch’s controls. Handheld torches use a trigger or a dial to ignite the flame. They often have a locking switch to keep your hands safe from unintended flames. Once the switch is unlocked, just pull the trigger or turn the dial to get cooking. If you want your flame to be larger or smaller, find your torch’s flame control dial or switch and adjust it as needed.
Some torches also come with different flame modes, like a continuous mode that keeps your flame turned on without pressing down on the ignition trigger. This feature is great for caramelizing large batches of brussel sprouts or browning a tray of meringue desserts.
Now that you know your culinary torch basics, head over to our Tips & Advice for the nitty-gritty details.
DYWM Fun Fact
Crème brûlée is often the first dish that comes to mind when people talk about kitchen torches. The creamy custard dessert adds a touch of elegance to any meal — but no one is quite sure where this caramelized creation came from.
Many people think of crème brûlée as a French dessert, but custards were so popular during the Middle Ages that the recipe could have come from any country. The French version of crème brûlée was first noted in 1691, but the French didn’t blowtorch early versions of this custard dish. Instead, they whipped up a separate caramel disc and placed it on top of the custard. The entire dessert was served cold.
Trinity College in Cambridge, England is another potential birthplace of modern-day crème brûlée. Their “Trinity Burnt Cream” featured the school’s crest burnt into sugar atop the custard. They claim that a student in the 17th century invented the dish.
The origins of crème brûlée might be unclear, but you can definitely create it now at home with the right culinary torch.
The Culinary Torch Buying Guide
- Safety always comes first when you’re using your culinary torch. Look for a torch made from heat-resistant materials with a wide, sturdy base. Make sure you can comfortably grip the torch’s handle so you’re not fumbling as you flambé. Finger guards will keep your hands safe from the flame. You should always have a multipurpose fire extinguisher nearby when using a culinary torch.
- If you have young children in your home, make sure there are child-safe locks on your culinary torch.
- Take a look at the kind of butane you’ll need to fill up your torch before you buy it. Most torches require fuel cans with long universal filling tips. Some models are compatible with short-tipped cans, but you’ll need a screwdriver to remove any parts that are in the way.
- Always place your food on a metal cooking tray or cast iron tray before torching it. Keep your counter clear of plastics or other flammable materials while you’re using your torch.
- Clean your kitchen torch after every use — its close proximity to your food makes it susceptible to crumbs and debris. Wait for the torch to cool, then wipe it down with a clean rag.
- Store your torch vertically in a cool place and keep it away from sunlight or hot areas.