Here’s our Searzall review so you can see how well this torch works for sous vide cooking. Searing gives your cut of meat a more attractive appearance, in addition to building flavor and improving texture. Without that browned look, meat just doesn’t seem as appetizing.
So while sous vide cooking is an excellent way to achieve perfectly cooked meats every time, you’ll still need a way to put a nice sear on your food.
Sous Vide Torch vs Pan
While this is often done by putting the meat into a very hot cast iron skillet, you run the risk of overcooking your edges.
You also tend to smoke up the whole kitchen, maybe even the whole house this way, since the pan needs to be super hot. That can get old after a while, especially for others in the household. With a Searzall torch attachment, you can achieve a beautiful, controlled sear without all the smoke.
Using the Searzall (with a torch like the Benzomatic TS8000) also helps you avoid accidentally cooking the meat further than that perfectly delicious rare or medium-rare that you really want. (Precise results are the whole point of sous vide!)
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Searzall Torch Attachment Review
The Searzall torch attachment is best used with a Benzomatic TS8000 torch, which is the more powerful of the torches that the device can be used with. More power produces better results with the Searzall. Searing your meat after you sous vide will give you the desired look and add immensely to the delicious flavor. A steak with no sear is just not a steak.
You can achieve a perfect sear without unwanted cooking taking place.
The Searzall attachment is also good for when you want to spot sear small areas on your food.
True, you could simply use the torch. The problem with the torch alone is the butane taste that can taint the flavor of the meat.
You don’t want to spoil an expensive cut of meat with the taste of butane. The device also diffuses the heat so that you can get more even results.
While a Searzall is not an essential item for sous vide cooking, you may find that its benefits justify the expense. If you already own a compatible torch then you’re looking at somewhere around $75 list price (check price on Amazon) to accomplish more even results and avoid that butane flavor.
If you need to pick up the TS8000 torch as well, it’s another $81.50 list price, but you can check Amazon prices for a deal. I also recommend checking Amazon Warehouse deals for a great price.
You can find these offers in the “used and new” section. The Amazon Warehouse deals are often items with damaged packaging or other insignificant flaws.
A Searzall setup is not a big investment to make in order to achieve the perfect steak, especially if you think about what you’d spend in a restaurant to get the same thing. Now you can do it at home, whenever you want.
Along with the torch and attachment you will need to get the fuel cylinders, which are fairly inexpensive.