The only thing I disagree with, is that the torch is super practical and easy. Mine stays hooked up to our 20 lb propane bottle all the time. I walk out with the meat, turn on the gas, hit the auto sparker, and my meat is perfectly seared in about 2 minutes. Turn off the gas, and walk back inside to serve dinner
Hey one thing I wanted to add…
I’ve heard a few people here or there say that using a torch made their food taste like fuel, but I’m almost certain I know what their problem is… “IF” you try to be wimpy with this torch, and keep the gas turned really low, it will produce a weaker, yellow flame. This means that the fuel is not completely combusting, and yes, this would likely make your food taste nasty.
If your going to use one of these torches, you need to crank that baby up to at least a moderate level, so that the flame turns almost completely whitish blue. Honestly, it should almost disappear in bright daylight. Now, it will still blow yellow flames all over the place “when you start blasting your meat with it” but that is from greases and fats burning on your meat. When you pull the torch away from the meat, it should go almost completely invisible again
Oh also, your torch should be about 12" away from your meat to give the fuel a little space to completely combust. The hottest part of the flame is not right at the torch, but rather, out about a foot from it. This is the part of the flame you want to sear with.
And BTW, yes, at a medium high setting, these torches are a little loud, and intimidating ! You need to either be a man… Or act like one, for the few minutes that it takes to sear your meat
And Guga says the same thing, but I don’t get that ???
Anybody can get one of these torches for cheap. Then, either use a small attachable propane bottle, or a large one with hose. We already had one for the BBQ, but even if the BBQ was not propane, I saw these bottles at Sam’s club for $30 And you can fill one of these and probably sear like 100 meals for $20
Anyway, I walk out with my SV’d meat. Toss it on the grill, torch it for a couple minutes, and it’s perfectly seared.
Just can’t imagine how it could be more practical ? For anyone…
Can’t be used on Total Fire Ban days and restricted as to where it can be used during fire restriction times. This could actually mean it is not able to be used for up to 6 weeks of the year depending on your location in Australia.
Also, not everyone is able to, or even wants to, take everything outside for finishing.
Hmmm. Not a concern here in Sacramento, CA. We have a green watered back yard. You couldn’t catch it on fire if you pointed the torch right at it.
And no house restrictions either
BTW, not only don’t we mind taking the meat outside for searing, but much of the time, we would rather eat outside too .
And hey, this just popped in my head… I saw a video last week where a guy took his brisket out in the garage, and used the same torch I have, to sear the meat on a rack on his garage floor. You do have garages in AU don’t you ?
Just out of curiosity, have you ever been accused of being stubborn and opinionated ? I have lol
BTW, it’s not just you Ember. A lot of people seem to be just completely thrown off of the idea of searing with a flame thrower. Last night, I asked my GF why she thought this was, and she said, “Maybe they are scared of it”… So I told her, “Maybe they should grow a pair” lol
There are many ways to get a good sear. Many people here live in apartments where cooking on the balcony is not allowed at all. No need to argue or be misogynistic about it. As with most things there are many ways to sear a piece of meat. I personally like charcoal and I have a tiny Green Egg knock off that I will use on occasion. I can shut the dampers and the fire goes out allowing me to use the charcoal many times. Again not for everyone just another option.
John, your absolutely right. And I agree, living in an apartment, would make torch searing problematic at best. Also, I would have to imagine that charcoal would impart an awesome, smoky flavor to the meat… Although charcoal was one of the contenders in the SV Everything challenge. Don’t remember where it placed, but I think it was also towards the top
I still like using a little coating of mayo on the beef before I lay it onto a hot dry cast iron frying pan, coat the other side, flip it over and then serve.
It probably takes less time than it does to do with your blowtorch Chris and I don’t have to take it outside to do it or risk burning the house down
Hey Michi, I actually used something along the same line as the torch you posted. It worked, but took much longer… And I know this might sound counter intuitive, but because it was so much weaker and smaller, and took so much longer, I feel like it gave the meat more time to increase the inside temp, and more time to dry out.
Now, having used a real torch, I wouldn’t even consider using the little dinky one again.
It takes me approximately 2 minutes to sear a steak with that torch, which I find adequate. A flamethrower (weed burner) will probably produce a larger flame, so the advantage of that would be that you could sear two steaks side by side simultaneously. Personally, I don’t have a need for that
My mother-in-law used to say, “There’s more ways to kill a cat than to choke it with butter.”
My preference is to sear meat having flat sides (like steaks) well dried and brushed with a little avocado oil, on a cast iron skillet. For irregularly or round shaped meat (like roasts) I prefer the flame thrower – drying and oiling not necessary. A blisteringly hot charcoal or propane grill will do for either. The important thing for me, whichever method I choose, is to get the job done quickly before I inadvertently cook more than intended… The hot spot of a Searzall is too small to sear quickly.
My first trial of the weed burner ignited paint on a metal grill. Now I use a camping type ridged cast iron griddle, sitting on a small metal stool in a gravel section of my back yard, and keep the torch about two feet away from the meat. Those who don’t have a suitable non-combustible area are wise to be cautious.
Yea, I’m glad I didn’t waste money on a Searzall. At one point I thought they were the best, based on the fact that Guga always uses one… Then, even in his own “Meat searing challenge” he proved that the torch was better than the Searzall, and in fact, was the best period, as it won the challenge