Julia Child used this brass blowtorch and hose, attached to a fuel canister (not included in collection), for browning meringue (e.g., for Baked Alaska) and caramelizing crème brûlée. Julia introduced her students and fans to this tool adapted for the kitchen on her televised cooking shows. As an effective prop, it was also a new way of doing a technically difficult task. After watching Julia wield the blowtorch, aspiring cooks went to hardware stores and demanded blowtorches too. When smaller, specialized cook’s blowtorches became widely available, they replaced the large torches and tanks. This blowtorch was manufactured by the Bernzomatic Corporation in Germany.
Object Name
date made
Bernzomatic Corporation
Bernzomatic Corporation
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
average spatial: 155 cm; 61 1/32 in
place made
West Germany
associated place
Germany, Federal Republic of
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
Pat No. 3029807
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Radio and television broadcasting
Television broadcasts
Food Culture
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FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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