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The small kitchen or pastry torches used for tasks such as caramelizing sugars, browning meringues and melting cheese do not work for sous vide searing. They simply do not put out enough heat to sear a typical sous vide dish in a reasonable amount of time. Even the most powerful of these reach temperatures of only 2,500°F.
The best torches for searing sous vide are ones designed for "industrial" uses such as soldering copper pipes, brazing and hardening steel, as well as light welding. These can reach temperatures greater than 3,500°F, which will provide enough heat to sear a typical sous vide dish in about 2 to 3 minutes. Our Top Pick is the BernzOmatic TS8000.
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