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Tell Me About: Fondue Sets (at home)

So I think I know the basics of fondue, the cheeses, the potatoes, the various other items to have with it.

What I'm really looking for are recommended sets for doing it at home - in the department stores, on line, there are a wide variety of sets. As I'm picking up some cooking goods this week, what should I be on the lookout for regarding a good set for entertaining at home?

Any brands to seek out/avoid? Any items that are recommended to have that a beginner might miss or anything to skip purchasing as it's useless?

Even better, any complete kits or shops in the Geneva area (or on line) that are recommended?

Best fuels? Ones to avoid?

Also any nuances or more subtle points that a newbie might miss that a local certainly wouldn't?

As always, thanks for your advice!
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Re: Tell Me About: Fondue Sets (at home)

I prefer electricity, easier to control.

I bought a set in Aldi, Embrach for CHF 9.- (probably no longer available), the bowl was a bit small so I bought a larger one in Coop.
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Re: Tell Me About: Fondue Sets (at home)

I prefer those heavier pots with fuel/lighter paste simply because it feels more traditional. Think about if you want a dishwasher proof pot or not, which are often more expensive. I know some people like the anti-stick pots but part of eating a good fondue is getting that thickened part at the bottom that's almost burnt but not quite. The best sales on fondue pots are usually in the spring.
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The best sales on fondue pots are usually in the spring.
I kind of guessed that...
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Really, anything goes - they will all stink out your apartment for days afterwards. But it‘s a sign of being Swiss - Chli Stinke muess es
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Re: Tell Me About: Fondue Sets (at home)

Came across this: https://www.coop.ch/de/inspiration-g...te-fondue.html
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So I think I know the basics of fondue, the cheeses, the potatoes, the various other items to have with it.
Potatoes? Really? I've only had bread and pickles with fondue. Occasionally some cured meet.

Potatoes for raclette, sure.


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...part of eating a good fondue is getting that thickened part at the bottom that's almost burnt but not quite.
The next day, get the wooden scrapers from the raclette set, scrape of the solidified cheese and eat it with bread. It'll probably kills you with all kinds of poisons, but it tastes great!
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I prefer those heavier pots with fuel/lighter paste simply because it feels more traditional. Think about if you want a dishwasher proof pot or not, which are often more expensive. I know some people like the anti-stick pots but part of eating a good fondue is getting that thickened part at the bottom that's almost burnt but not quite. The best sales on fondue pots are usually in the spring.
I used to do those heavier pots with fuel/lighter paste but lost patience.

My electrical system does my favourite that is the thickened part at the bottom that's almost burnt but not quite; known as grandmother in Thurgau Dütsch.

Whatever do not buy the prepared cheese kits, go to a proper cheese shop and ask them for a mix of 400/500 gram (for two people).

I am lucky I have a neighbour who imports Fondue kits from a farmer relative in Valais (Wallis in German).

If you want to live dangerously then fill tumblers with Kirsch and dip the bread in them before the cheese.
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Potatoes? Really? I've only had bread and pickles with fondue. Occasionally some cured meet.

Potatoes for raclette, sure.
Anything that tastes good with cheese and sticks on a fork works with fondue. I quite like it with broccoli and brussels sprouts.

As for the set, we've tried multiple but prefer cast iron.
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Potatoes? Really? I've only had bread and pickles with fondue. Occasionally some cured meet.

Potatoes for raclette, sure.


The next day, get the wooden scrapers from the raclette set, scrape of the solidified cheese and eat it with bread. It'll probably kills you with all kinds of poisons, but it tastes great!
Hell yes. I dip bread, potatoes and mushrooms in my cheese fondues. Just bread gets a bit dull.
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Potatoes? Really? I've only had bread and pickles with fondue. Occasionally some cured meet.

Potatoes for raclette, sure.


The next day, get the wooden scrapers from the raclette set, scrape of the solidified cheese and eat it with bread. It'll probably kills you with all kinds of poisons, but it tastes great!
Some Zürich restaurants serve small potatoes with Fondue, I only take bread.

One Swiss tip, if you are still hungry towards the end then break an egg into the bowl and stir well.
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Hell yes. I dip bread, potatoes and mushrooms in my cheese fondues. Just bread gets a bit dull.
I had a Swiss friend who would dip cooked Chipolatas and bacon; not my taste
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Re: Tell Me About: Fondue Sets (at home)

You can dip almost anything into fondue.

Potatoes are divine, brussel sprouts are fantastic but apples are heavenly. Sometimes I buy those small plastic containers of fondue, heat it up and use it as a dip for sliced apples. It hits the spot every time.
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You can dip almost anything into fondue.

Potatoes are divine, brussel sprouts are fantastic but apples are heavenly. Sometimes I buy those small plastic containers of fondue, heat it up and use it as a dip for sliced apples. It hits the spot every time.
Yes, I liked experimenting when we were not in Switzerland, so the cheeses tended to be a bit off, but I discovered hard pears were heavenly with cheeses...
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Re: Tell Me About: Fondue Sets (at home)

So I think I know the basics of fondue, the cheeses, the potatoes, the various other items to have with it.

What potatoes? lol

There are several types of fondue, but basically cheese fondue, served with bread, and bread alone- and cooked in earthenware or Le Creuset/heavy metal, large pot.

Or meat fondues, cooked in oil of broth in smaller metal pots, and served with all sorts of flavoured mayonnaise, and potaoes/chips, and salads, etc.

And of course 'raclette', which is cooked in either an eletric grill with small portion dishes with insulated handles, or the 'proper' way with an electric machine which holds either 1 or 2 half cheeses and scraped- and which is served with small boiled potatoes and pickles.
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I used to do those heavier pots with fuel/lighter paste but lost patience.

My electrical system does my favourite that is the thickened part at the bottom that's almost burnt but not quite; known as grandmother in Thurgau Dütsch.

Whatever do not buy the prepared cheese kits, go to a proper cheese shop and ask them for a mix of 400/500 gram (for two people).

I am lucky I have a neighbour who imports Fondue kits from a farmer relative in Valais (Wallis in German).

If you want to live dangerously then fill tumblers with Kirsch and dip the bread in them before the cheese.
Although I agree that some of the best fondues are made with special fondue mixes, I’m also content with the prepared fondue packages. Rub the inside of the pot with a garlic clove, add the packaged fondue and you’ve got yourself a decent fondue.
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Re: Tell Me About: Fondue Sets (at home)

We eat tomato fondue with potatoes all others with bread or veggies, Yumm!

The movie "Die Schweizermacher" https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Swissmakers has a hilarious fondue scene!
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There are several types of fondue, but basically cheese fondue, served with bread, and bread alone- and cooked in earthenware or Le Creuset/heavy metal, large pot.

Or meat fondues, cooked in oil of broth in smaller metal pots, and served with all sorts of flavoured mayonnaise, and potaoes/chips, and salads, etc.
And of course, chocolate fondue served with marshmallow.
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Re: Tell Me About: Fondue Sets (at home)

Your best bet is to check out offers in (e.g.) the Migros / Coop shops when you arrive. Our first set was colour coordinated cachelon (pan) and plates. I recall we bought the rechaud (burner) and forks separately. Still going strong after 21 years.

The plates have gradually broken / chipped over time and the fork handles so we've recently bought a new chachelon, rechaud and forks from Manor and are looking for some suitably kitsch plates to match.

I usually prepare the cheese in the cachelon on the stove top and bring that to the rechaud when ready.

For rechaud fuel - you can get "Brennpaste" - sort of methylated spirits in jelly form - in bottles at the supermarket, or in sealed foil cases that slot into the burner and peel the lid off.

The only other thing is a variety of sticks etc to beat people with when they drop their bread in the cheese. (Asterix reference).

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If you want to live dangerously then fill tumblers with Kirsch and dip the bread in them before the cheese.
How is that dangerous? We always do that!

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