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Old 02-16-2010, 04:45 PM   #11
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This is the expensive culprit. And to tell you the truth, I don't like it in fondue, because for my mouth, it gives the fondue a metallic taste. I just leave it out!
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:51 AM   #12
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Buy the package of prepared fondue cheese from the deli area and enjoy!
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:37 PM   #13
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I don't think that I would buy a prepackaged fondue mix unless I knew exactly what was in it.; In general, prepackaged cost is greater than the sum of its parts. The flavor ingredient in fondue is the cheese, and to some extent, the wine. If I were to prepare fondue on a budget, I would use good domestic cheeses, Around here, Boars Head is good, and some store brands are pretty good. Buy it at the deli, taste it, and purchase in the block, not sliced. There are some good white wines available at less than 10 bucks a bottle. If you purchase from a good wine vendor, they will spend a lot of time helping you. The remainder of the bottle would go on the table. I do not use Kirsch.
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:50 PM   #14
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This is the expensive culprit. And to tell you the truth, I don't like it in fondue, because for my mouth, it gives the fondue a metallic taste. I just leave it out!
Around here, it can be had for around $10. per 750ml bottle.
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:19 PM   #15
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Around here, it can be had for around $10. per 750ml bottle.
Wow. I've never seen it that cheap even in Europe.

I paid $25 for my last bottle.
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:23 PM   #16
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I've had both packaged and made at home... by someone who learned how to do it right... and the packaged is a pretty darn close match.
Amazingly enough, some packaged foods are quite acceptable, even if we foodies don't want to admit it. Especially for people who aren't as into cooking as some of us are.

(By golly, I had TUNA HELPER last night and it was good!)
(OK, I used canned salmon, and made a saute of onions, peppers, garlic,
mushrooms and white wine, then added some pecorino romano cheese...
LOLOLOLOL)

But seriously, if the OP is looking for acceptable, easy fondue, a good quality
packaged one is not at all bad.
IMHO, YMMV of course.
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:34 PM   #17
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Wow. I've never seen it that cheap even in Europe.

I paid $25 for my last bottle.
ARROW brand kirsch at the NH state liquor store.
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:17 PM   #18
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PC brand makes a good packaged version... add a little wine and rub the pot with garlic. I have also tried doing it with the cheeses and kirsh and it is very expensive and very time consuming.
Thepackages as said previous work and taste quite similar to the labourious task of gratingall that cheese.

I love chesse fondue but feel it is just so bad for you...lol
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:45 PM   #19
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I just found one at Trader Joe's I bought it for the simple reason it was made with a beer instead of wine..I added a little garlic and nutmeg and was pleased with the flavor..Seems to me, make it yourself but do NOT differ with someone who chooses to use one already made. There is nothing wrong with already made. We all need to realize that young mothers working moms want the best for their family just as we do..Give them the respect they deserve for how hard they work..Just because I like and enjoy from scratch, doesn't make any better than they are..It just tells me I have more time..
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Here in MA liquor stores carry little airline bottles of many different liquors, brandies, and liqueurs. They contain 50 ml of the booze and are a good size for a recipe you want to try. For three tablespoons, you'd need two little bottles.
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