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Dec 30, 2012 10:48 AM

fondue help

Hey, all you seasoned fondue makers--I'm trying to gauge what size pot for a cheese fondue (classic recipe using 1# cheese, 1 C wine, 2 TBS kirsch, etc). Having a hard time deciding what the volume of that is once its all melted. I don't really want to buy a fondue pot for this first outing; has anyone successfully made it in a pan and transferred to a mini slow cooker?

Thanks and Happy New Year.

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  1. I make a similar fondue and the volume is about 1.5 inches in my cuisinart electric pot (for a size comparison). With that pot and probably a mini crockpot make sure it isn't too hot because you don't want to burn the bottom while it sits.

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    1. re: lhb78

      Thanks--I'm glad to know since I just found the cuisinart on Craigslist and got a great deal on it! ($15!) I was going to have to go buy a mini crock pot anyway, so this was actually cheaper.

    2. Yes, we do it in a mini-crockpot that way. We fill the crock and when it's close to empty, we refill it from the pot on the stove, kept on warm. It works well.

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      1. re: chowser

        I ended up finding a fondue pot on Craigslist so I guess I'll use that now instead. Thanks for letting me know the crock pot will work, though.

      2. Yes, I used to make fondue on the stove & then transferred it to a crockpot for serving. It works fine so long as you pay attention to it to keep the bottom from scorching.

        But I just this morning ordered an electric crockpot ("Trudeau Alto 3-in-1" model) after seeing it get an excellent review on an episode of "America's Test Kitchen" yesterday, as well as 5-star reviews on Amazon. It's supposed to arrive on or before Jan. 10th, & I can't wait to try it!!!!

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        1. re: Bacardi1

          Ooh, that's the pot I liked online, too. I also saw the ATK review. I hope you post what you think! If I decide to get a better pot, I'd love to know how it worked out.

          1. re: maggieeats

            I will. Keep in mind that the model on ATK wasn't the model I purchased. I ordered the next model up. The one on ATK got too many horrid reviews on Amazon, but apparently Trudeau fixed the problems cited when they put out the newer model - the "Trudeau Alto 3-in-1" (I think I paid $94 or so for it on Amazon). Several people who had owned the previous model said that this one is A1, & previous problems no longer exist. So considering it was only about $10-$12 more, I sprang for the next rung up the ladder.

          2. re: Bacardi1

            I hope you have better luck with Trudeau than I did. I bought one a couple of years ago and it was DOA. There were several comments from purchasers on Amazon about getting a non-working pot or one that stopped working after one or two uses. As you point out, Trudeau may have improved their electric pots, so you won't encounter the same problem.

            In my case, I decided not to exchange the Trudeau for another unit of the same model, and instead bought an Emile Henry fondue pot (ceramic), which I really like. You can put it right on your stove's burner to melt the cheese and then take it to the stand with gel fuel on the table to keep it warm. It's also a good size, bigger than the Trudeau.

            1. re: cheesemaestro

              The current Trudeau model I just purchased is larger than the old Trudeau you're talking about (this is a new model), electric with no electrical problems cited in reviews (unit or cord & no stupid pesky gel fuel to deal with), & can be used for oil, broth, cheese, & chocolate fondues. Removable ceramic insert for cheese & chocolate that sit in what amounts to a double-boiler setup - thus no scorching.

              As I said before, when I receive it & use it I'll post back.

              Frankly, I personally dislike Emile Henry products. You're paying for the name & nothing else. But I do understand the brand does have fans (with lots of $$ - lol!!).

              1. re: Bacardi1

                I was primarily interested in making cheese fondue, so the EH is fine for me. I disagree that people pay for the name and nothing else. EH is the only porcelain/ceramic pot that can be heated directly on the stove. With other non-electric fondue sets, you have to first melt the ingredients in a regular pot or pan and then transfer the cheese to the fondue pot. The Trudeau Alto isn't cheap either. At almost $100 on Amazon, it's as much as I paid for my EH. Actually, it's a little more. (I got a deal.)

                I took a look at the new model and it does look like an improvement over the old one. I hope you enjoy it.

          3. My wife and I love fondue. We had an alcohol-heated fondue pot and found it hard to clean. It also had hot spots.

            What I do now is use a tabletop butane burner. I got mine years ago at a restaurant supply place (tableside cooking) but now Amazon has them fairly inexpensive. I also use mine for Korean BBQ and whenever I want to keep something hot at the table. It is a great multitasker.