Like so many different new house owners of the Boring Firm’s Not-A-Flamethrower, my first thought was a easy however essential one: “Now, what am I going to do with this factor?” Ellen Ripley cosplay? Make some new wooden look classic? Bend metallic into jewellery? However the obvious reply is virtually as previous as human historical past: when you’ve gotten hearth, you cook dinner. So, after cooking, I jotted down some recipes in case anybody else needs to attempt them.
Although the Boring Firm has instructed crème brûlée as a pure use for its souped-up propane torch, I’m not an particularly subtle cook dinner, I don’t personal ramekins, and I’ve by no means efficiently executed a water tub. So I stored it easy: steak and s’mores.
Earlier than we start, let’s discuss security. Essentially the most salient rule of cooking with an open flame, so far as I’m involved, is that it’s worthwhile to be certain your hair is tied again. Not solely is setting your personal hair on hearth harmful and embarrassing, however the scent of burnt hair will fully break the flavour of no matter it’s you are attempting to make. Additionally, you in all probability wish to have a fireplace extinguisher readily available, simply in case.
Just a few ideas on this specific cooking implement: igniting the Not-A-Flamethrower is a three-step course of. First, you need to open the valve to the propane tank. Then, it’s worthwhile to press the button to ignite the pilot mild. Then, you pull the set off and proceed squeezing for so long as you want the flames. Within the case of the steak, condensation shaped on the propane tank whereas I used to be searing, which isn’t unusual while you work with propane. The liquid within the tank turns into vapor earlier than passing into the Not-A-Flamethrower valve, which may draw warmth from the encompassing air. How a lot condensation you’ll see relies on how a lot moisture is within the air and the way shortly the gas is used.
How far the Not-A-Flamethrower shoots relies upon, partly, on how far you open the propane valve. Whereas we made some spectacular fireballs — the most important was about 5 ft — it’s attainable to regulate the quantity of flame you get by limiting how a lot gas runs into the physique of the machine.
Now, to be clear: I’ve by no means made steak earlier than as a result of I don’t eat meat. However I figured it couldn’t probably be that tough, particularly since our producer, Felicia, did the exhausting half for me: she cooked the steak sous vide, then chilled it. I used to be simply there to sear.
If you happen to, too, personal a flamethrower and wish to increase your culinary horizons, discover a couple of handmade starter recipes beneath — and, as all the time, train excessive warning.
- chocolate bar
- graham crackers
Step 1: Open the packaging on all of your components. Break the graham crackers in half, and place items of chocolate on one or each of the halves.
Step 2: Place the marshmallows on an empty grill. (It’s possible you’ll want to grease the grill first, so any escaping marshmallow goo is simpler to take away. I didn’t do that as a result of I used to be involved that oil would change the style of the s’mores.) Flip in your Not-A-Flamethrower, and provides marshmallows a once-over. Whereas inserting the flame near the marshmallow will get you a pleasant charred exterior, you could wish to step again and let the marshmallows cook dinner extra slowly to get the insides good and gooey, earlier than crisping up the outside on the finish.
Step three: Utilizing grill tongs, a fork, or one other utensil, take away the marshmallows from the grill and place them on the graham cracker items with chocolate on them. This may soften the chocolate.
Step four: Optionally, you’ll be able to place graham cracker lids in your s’mores to create a sandwich.
Not-A-Flamethrower Seared Steak
- steak (we used a T-bone that was about 1 1⁄2 to 2 inches thick)
- kosher salt
- seasoning to style (rosemary, thyme, garlic cloves, and shallots are widespread, I hear)
Step 1: Candy-talk somebody into cooking the steak sous vide for you, utilizing the salt, the seasoning, and — in fact — the steak. That is significantly simpler if you’re Tom Sawyer or if the particular person you’re hoping will do the exhausting half is a video producer who needs to shoot a cool video. Ryan Sutton, Eater’s chief meals critic and buddy of The Verge, suggests chilling the steak after sous vide, so inform your buddy.
Step 2: Place the steak on an empty grill. Flip in your Not-A-Flamethrower, and get in there. The steak is more durable than the marshmallow, however you’ll see a crust begin to develop after a number of seconds of direct flames. The steak will start to drip fats.
Step three: Flip the steak over utilizing tongs. Sear the opposite aspect.
Look, I’m an novice cook dinner, besides, I’m undecided the Not-A-Flamethrower is the simplest methodology for getting the job finished. A extra centered flame or a warmer flame — like a kitchen torch — could be higher on the steak, however I’m instructed the sear was “surprisingly good” utilizing this implement. Anyway, though a Not-A-Flamethrower is probably not the greatest device for both recipe, it’s positively essentially the most badass. I’ve definitely by no means earlier than pretended to be Ellen Ripley whereas I cooked.