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An essential tool in the kitchen.. a blowtorch?

One purchase I regret making is a cruddy little ‘brulee torch’ – underpowered, expensive, and just not worth it. It made its way to the trash can a long time ago.

I took Alton Brown’s advice and picked up a real torch. At the hardware store.

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And it makes yummy things.

Like grapefruit brulee. No kidding.

Seriously, try it. It’s delicious! The combination of the burnt sugar and a little bit of salt completely takes away the bitterness of the grapefruit, as promised.

And if you do not have a torch in your kitchen, well, you are missing out.

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  • Kevin October 24, 2010, 12:04 pm

    you’re so right. the culinary torches will heat up the custard on the creme brulee before you can caramelize the sugar.

    • nc October 24, 2010, 2:31 pm

      ’tis true!! I was happy to find that Julia Child agrees with us. ;)

  • Macrosoft November 18, 2010, 4:32 pm

    Your tiles are filthy.

    • nc November 19, 2010, 7:59 am

      Heh! It’s actually linoleum, which looks like that.. ;)

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