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Re: Is it safe to eat Fondue while pregnant

I also kept eating fondue while my wife was pregnant. Doesn't show on the kids...
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Re: Is it safe to eat Fondue while pregnant

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As we found out when our six-year old ate quite a bit of fondue
Does that mean I shouldn't give it to my 3 year old? I made it without Kirsch but with wine.
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Re: Is it safe to eat Fondue while pregnant

It would never have even crossed my mind that fondue might be something to avoid when pregnant. There is all sorts of stuff I ate then only found out after my son was born that perhaps I should have avoided .

I had fondue quite a bit when I was pregnant (probably had wine in it already - didn't even notice) and it was usually after skiing all day. Had to give up skiing at 5 months a) because I was a bit wobbly and b) the ski season was over.
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Does that mean I shouldn't give it to my 3 year old? I made it without Kirsch but with wine.
The wine's fine. It's the extra Kirsch added at the end that's the problem.
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Does that mean I shouldn't give it to my 3 year old? I made it without Kirsch but with wine.
Our kids were not to fond of moitié-moitié fondu in the beginning. It was too hot and the taste of the wine made it a bit coarse for them. They were however enchanted by the Fondue vacherin, which is tepid (heats at about max. 50°C) and very creamy.
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Not all alcohol cooks off - for food, it depends on the cooking time/method. In the case of fondue, I'd guess that about 25-30% of the original alcohol remains: http://homecooking.about.com/library...lalcohol12.htm

Exactly why you should boil the wine first.
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Re: Is it safe to eat Fondue while pregnant

Does it make a difference that it's done with "fromage cru"? Or does cooking sort that out?
You're not meant to eat 'raw' cheese, such as brie, camembert etc, and I do believe fondue cheeses falls into that catagory. I think it's down to that fact that it's more likely to carry bacteria and that if that causes an illness such as salmonella, it can serious during pregnancy as it can serious harm a developing fetus.
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Exactly why you should boil the wine first.
You never "boil" the wine when making fondue!

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Does it make a difference that it's done with "fromage cru"? Or does cooking sort that out?
You're not meant to eat 'raw' cheese, such as brie, camembert etc, and I do believe fondue cheeses falls into that catagory. I think it's down to that fact that it's more likely to carry bacteria and that if that causes an illness such as salmonella, it can serious during pregnancy as it can serious harm a developing fetus.
Listeria is normally a problem with soft cheeses such as Brie.

You should be okay with hard cheeses, especially those that have been cooked. Fondue will be fine.
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Listeria is normally a problem with soft cheeses such as Brie.

You should be okay with hard cheeses, especially those that have been cooked. Fondue will be fine.
A lot of hard cheeses are raw too, and advice is to avoid any raw cheeses. Personally, I think the actual chances are unlikely. It completely depends how worried you are. Some people won't touch anything that could possibly affect their unborn child, whereas others take the risk. Going back 30 years, the only thing people didn't eat when pregnant was raw steak.
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Re: Is it safe to eat Fondue while pregnant

foundue is too hot, any bacteria will be killed during cooking time. my dr said that raw hard cheese is fine too, as it is too dry and salty for listeria (what would be the problem here) has no basis to grow onto (wherease brie for example is a great place for listeria to blossom).
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Re: Is it safe to eat Fondue while pregnant

Traditionally, soft cheeses were to be avoided because they tended to be unpasteurized. Most recommendations now specify that soft cheeses are okay so long as they are pasteurized. Fortunately, every soft cheese I've wanted to eat from the supermarket here is pasteurized.
"Eat hard cheeses instead of soft cheeses: The CDC has recommended that pregnant women avoid soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined cheeses and Mexican style cheeses such as queso fresco, queso blanco and panela that do not state they are pasteurized.

Hard cheeses such as cheddar and semi-soft cheeses such as mozzarella are safe to consume. Pasteurized processed cheese slices and spreads such as cream cheese and cottage cheese can also be safely consumed. The most important thing to do is read the labels!"
http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pre.../listeria.html
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Re: Is it safe to eat Fondue while pregnant

I asked my Swiss-French doctor and he said no, don't eat fondue. I know the cheese is fine so I assumed it is due to the alcohol.

That said, I have seen pregnant women at my favorite fondue restaurant both eating fondue and drinking wine. The stigma does not exist here like it does in the US. Everything in moderation - my strategy is just to make my husband order it so that I can have a few bites.
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