The Power of Melted Cheese – And a Kitchen Torch

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In the restaurant world, value is paramount – but experienced chefs know that culinary value can be found in many unexpected places.

As a vanguard of culinary experts continues to push the boundaries of the food world, we're finding that technique and understanding of ingredients is critically important for competing in today's restaurant business.

That means going beyond the traditional menu, the traditional tools and the traditional mindset that’s foundational to the restaurant work that we've seen over the past couple of decades.

For example, wood-fired oven pizza is still an attractive option, but it may not be enough anymore to support your entire franchise. You may have to also go into using brand-new exotic ingredients like quail eggs or eel meat or something like that.

Now let's talk about cheese.

The traditional way was just to sprinkle or shred cheese on to everything. Sandwiches, salads and everything else gets a bump by listing a particular variety of cheese in the menu option that diners read.

Here's the thing, though – cheese is radically different when it's melted, as opposed to when it's just sitting there on the plate.

Chefs know this intuitively – if you've tasted a cold wedge of cheddar next to a sizzling, browned, soft-textured piece of melted cheddar, you know the difference. The same holds true for all of those other common cheeses we use in the kitchen every day – from feta and queso blanco to provolone, gouda and all the rest.

What's one of the simplest ways to create exquisite melted cheese on a dish?

No, it's not the microwave.

The JB Chef Torch is an agile cooking tool that heats up ingredients in seconds.

Properly wielded, this relatively inexpensive hand tool enables chefs to become masters in the kitchen. When it's time to get food out the door on a strict timeline, searing or scorching food surgically with this torch can save precious minutes, while offering the precision that you need to give people a salad with perfectly melted cheese, but no scorched romaine.

That's just a little bit of what the JB Chef Torch can do: read more on our blog or visit other parts of our website to see how this is catching on in the restaurant world. Smart cooks are turning to new innovations to get their restaurant game competitive – and the torch is an excellent example. By saving time in prep, and creating the kinds of special presentations that add value, these tools help to make culinary work easier and extend the chef’s capabilities for every plate. Talk to us about how to get these handy items into your own kitchen and into your chef’s hands.

JB Chef Culinary Butane Torch: The Search for Innovation in Food Service

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Look at the food service industry today, and you'll see that leaders in this field are on the hunt for new recipes and new types of food presentation.

Restaurants have to balance their food costs, but they're also looking for unique models and approaches that will draw in customers. They want to “wow” crowds – partly because that leads to the kinds of local and national promotions that give the business visibility, but also because it simply gets diners in the door.

In many cases, that strategy involves superior tools and resources for the kitchen.

The JB Chef Torch is one of the best examples of this approach.

When you look at the return on investment of some kind of fancy oven or a new set of skillets or something like that, you're dealing with significant cost. In some cases, your customers might not even see the value that's added.

With the JB Chef Torch, that value-added approach is evident when every plate hits the table. Diners see the elegant result of using this butane torch on food – the contours of caramelization or heat treatment – and the neat aesthetic they provide.

But that's not all – you're getting all of this visual and culinary upgrade with hardly any cost, because the tool itself is so portable and versatile.

You don't need additional counter space or appliance installation for this upgrade to your kitchen. It can even fit in a food truck.

That's the secret and the beauty of using the JB Chef tool for many different kinds of culinary presentations that will knock your customer’s socks off.

We want the JB Chef Torch to be as popular in the kitchen as JB Weld is in the mechanical world. It's that versatile, and it's that valuable to business clients. You can even solder and weld with it – although some chefs would say that’s kind of silly. In many cases, it’s much more effective to see how you can experiment with food presentation, in an age where visuals rule, and a refined elegance on a plate can propel a restaurant to new heights.

Take a look at our website to see how the JB Chef Torch helps with marshmallows crème brûlée, meats, salads and more. You'll be surprised at the number of uses that you can find for this restaurant gear. It slices, it dices – well, no, actually, it scorches and crisps and caramelizes … in ways that can make your kitchen seem like a five-star eatery. As a restaurant leader, you owe it to yourself to get one of these affordable tools to try some new things behind the range.