What is fondue?Fondue is derived from the French word "fondre" which means to melt. The thing that usually melts is cheese or chocolate. Fondue is typically relished by picking up special dipping ingredients with a fork and dipping it into the cheese or chocolate mixture. Each type of fondue has its own special ingredients Ė French bread pieces, meat chunks and vegetable pieces for the cheese fondue and fruits, small cakes and cookies for the chocolate fondue.
There is another kind of fondue called hot oil fondue for dipping meats, chicken and seafood. This fondue is accompanied by sauces served in small bowls. There is also a healthier version of this fondue which uses broth instead of oil. This gives the meat a wonderful flavor without adding on extra calories.
How do you eat fondue?The entire process is easy and exciting. Pick up one of the dipping ingredients with a fondue fork or a skewer, dip it into the melted cheese or chocolate. Let the extra liquid drain off. Let it cool and enjoy!
Drinks that are traditionally served with fondue are wine and hot tea but since it is such an informal, fun filled affair, you donít need to restrict yourself to these. You can drink just anything you desire.
Why is fondue so popular?Fondue has a lot of things going in its favor.
- The food is delectable.
- Itís a different, exciting and more informal way to eat which everyone can enjoy.
- Everyone gets together to relish the food. Thereís closer interaction and a lot more conversation.
- Itís a versatile way of eating Ė perfect for a romantic meal, a cozy get together for friends and also a great kidsí party.
- Its hassle free, simple cooking. All you need is the fondue (one or more) dipping ingredients and some drinks and your entire menu for the evening is taken care of. You neednít even provide plates if you donít want to.
What do you need to enjoy fondue?Good food is a must of course. But fondue can be truly enjoyed with the right fondue equipment. It would be great if you could get a good quality fondue set. This typically comprises of a fondue pot with a heating source and a set of fondue forks. A fondue pot, the most important part of the set, is a large pot that keeps cheese or chocolate warm and in a melted state. If you donít have a fondue set, you can buy just a fondue pot and use bamboo skewers as fondue forks. But itís nice to own a classy fondue set which you can use time and again to host wonderful fondue parties.
Type of Fondue PotsFondue pots come in various styles but essentially there are 3 kinds depending on the heating source and the size of the pot.
Electric PotElectric Pot Ė These are very popular fondue pots which work for any kind of fondue. They are easy to use as you donít have to worry about the heating source. They are also easy to clean as they have non stick interiors.
Sterno PotSterno Pot Ė These are completely portable as there are no electric wires limiting its reach. Great for the outdoors as well! A sterno unit can work for many hours at a stretch.
Tea Light PotTea Light Pot Ė This uses a tea light as the source of light. Of course you will need to use many tea lights through the evening but these are inexpensive and work pretty effectively. Tea light pots work very well with chocolate fondue. Donít try using them
for a meat fondue though. Whatever the kind of pot you buy, itís going to help you make a great fondue. If you love hosting fondue parties, you could collect all the different kinds of pots.
Choose a fondue set for your home from our collectionWe bring you a range of classy, contemporary fondue sets and tools from well know manufacturers of home accessories. Among these are Cuisinox and Blomus. Cuisinox is Canadaís well know manufacture innovative and stylish cookware and kitchen accessories. Blomus products, even the most ordinary every day use variety, are known for their high design quotient. You can take your pick from the following:
- Blomus Paro Fondue Set • Blomus Tools Fondue Set
- Cuisinox Chocolate Fondue Set for 4
- Cuisinox Beaufort Fondue Forks
A fondue party is the perfect way to chill out with friends and family over great food and drinks. The right fondue cookware can only enhance this experience.
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