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Old 02-16-2010, 11:46 AM   #1
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ISO cost friendly fondue

My sister gave me a fondue pot for Christmas. I've never had fondue before but I would like to try. I've been watching some videos of people making the cheese fondue sauce. I've looked in the super market and the liquor store to see how much it would cost me to make. It can be quite costly. I remember watching a video of Nigella Lawson making fondue and when I went to see how much the liquor was that she used. I was shocked to see that a very small bottle was 25 dollars. Does anyone have any recipes or tips to keep the price down.I live in Canada so food tends to cost more here then in the states. I should also say that I've seen the package fondue's in the store and I want to try and make it myself.

Thanks for all your help,

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Old 02-16-2010, 12:07 PM   #2
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I use a medium sized box of Velveeta as a base (about $6.00) and add an ounce or two of milk or cream, and a few ounces of real cheese to boost the flavor, and often finish it off with a can of Rotel (canned tomato/chili/salsa kind of thing) for a Mexican cheese dip fondue with cubed French Bread, or slices of Baguettes.

Another fondue that I've always liked, as long as you're not a vegan, is heated oil with cubed meat, usually a trio of beef, chicken and pork cut to bite size.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:24 PM   #3
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Vetliner from Austria is one of the typical fondue wines and is not overly expensive. I generally use Gruner, around $12 here/ bottle. Good cheeses have gotten rather expensive recently. Raclette is a very good melting cheese, and is around $11/pound. Don't know about domestic Canadian cheese, but IMO any good domestic aged swiss cheese would work.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:06 PM   #4
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Cheese fondue *can* be expensive. I'm not sure what liquor you were looking at, but I usually just use a dry white wine in mine. I can buy a 4-pack of small bottles of pinot grigio for about $6US, and then the Gruyere and Emmentaler, which are the two cheeses I use (it's pretty classic) are a total of about $10US. So, usually I can make it for about $12 (unless we drink the rest of the 4-pack ).

That's not too bad, but it doesn't include the cruidite, breads, ect. that you want to dip.

No offense to the pp, but Velveeta and Ro-Tel is chip dip for football games, not fondue. Fondue is altogether a different, almost sensual dining experience, IMHO. (That being said, I hope you have someone to share it with. )
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:30 PM   #5
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Fondue is NOT an expensive dish. Check out this site http://www.gofondue.com/fondue_101.htm for good info on the basics. Try the basic cheese fondue recipe.

Dry white wine appropriate for fondue and for drinking with the fondue can be had for $10 US. Look for an inexpensive chardonnay, chablis or sauvignon blanc.

You should be able to find a small bottle of kirsch, a cherry flavored liqueur, for not a lot of money. You need the wine for a fondue but could skip the kirsch if it was too costly or hard to find.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:07 PM   #6
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I'm with dana on this one... I think that making a cheese fondue (which is one of my favs) is expensive. The basic recipe calls for emmanthaller, gruyere, white wine and kirsch, plus some garlic and nutmeg. The cheeses are expensive in my neck of the woods. the wine is less concerning however.

Here's my recipe and estimated costs:

1/2 lb emmnathaler
1/4 lb gruyere
1 T flour
2 cloves garlic
1 1/2 medium dry white wine
pepper
pink of nutmeg
3 T Kirsch
salt to taste

The cheese for this dish would cost me around 8 bucks. You can get cheaper swiss, but you can't skimp on the gruyere as it's an integral part of the flavor of this dish. The wine (assuming I have to buy a bottle) would be another 6 or 8 dollars. The kirsch is the cheap part. Almost any cherry brandy will do and it's pretty cheap. Also the bottle will last forever. Add a loaf or two of crusty bread and this looks like a 15 - 18 dollar adventure to me...

But it's soooo tasty - the occasional splurge is worth while.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:13 PM   #7
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I remember watching a video of Nigella Lawson making fondue and when I went to see how much the liquor was that she used. I was shocked to see that a very small bottle was 25 dollars. ,
The liquor you are talking about is Kirsch and you can just leave it out. I agree that it's pricy. Dont use regular cherry brandy. It doesn't taste anything like kirsch. Your fondue is not supposed to taste of cherries.

You need to melt the cheese in dry white wine, but you can use any inexpensive dry white. I use whatever I have on hand, usually Mezzacorona pino grigio, which is $11 for the ginormous bottle.

It is very important to use good cheese in a cheese fondue, because, after all, the cheese is the whole point of the dish. Gruyere or Comti and Emmenthal are usually used in traditional swiss fondue.

Spend your money buying decent cheese instead of $$ alcohol.
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...No offense to the pp, but Velveeta and Ro-Tel is chip dip for football games, not fondue. Fondue is altogether a different, almost sensual dining experience, IMHO. ...
"Cost Friendly" is the operative phrase I was responding to. I could have said, "Get yourself 3 lbs. of Gruyere," but at $16.00 per pound, I don't call that very "friendly."

When I was married and we were raising 2 children, $10.00 to $15.00 for an evening meal, including fondue, was considered cost friendly. I suppose it's all a matter of financial perspective... $25,000 per year gross income for a family of 4, or $75,000 per year each, for one couple.
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"Cost Friendly" is the operative phrase I was responding to. I could have said, "Get yourself 3 lbs. of Gruyere," but at $16.00 per pound, I don't call that very "friendly."
Well, Gruyere isn't $16 per pound and it only takes 1/2 lb. to make a decent-sized fondue meal. When I buy a wedge of Gruyere for fondue, it usually only costs me about $4 - $5. The emmenthaler is actually even a little less.

But trying to say that melted Velveeta = Fondue is just, well it's kind of funny that anyone considering themselves a "foodie" would suggest something like that.

I'm sorry I offended, but saying Velveeta and Ro-tel is fondue is kind of offensive, too, ya know. Just be honest and say, "You can't make real fondue without spending some money on good cheese" rather than suggesting something like Velveeta.
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:12 PM   #10
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Well, Gruyere isn't $16 per pound and it only takes 1/2 lb. to make a decent-sized fondue meal. When I buy a wedge of Gruyere for fondue, it usually only costs me about $4 - $5. The emmenthaler is actually even a little less.

But trying to say that melted Velveeta = Fondue is just, well it's kind of funny that anyone considering themselves a "foodie" would suggest something like that.

I'm sorry I offended, but saying Velveeta and Ro-tel is fondue is kind of offensive, too, ya know. Just be honest and say, "You can't make real fondue without spending some money." Period.
I agree entirely.

I like the velveeta rotel thing but that's a chip dip, really.

A true swiss fondue is real swiss cheese melted in wine, thickened with a bit of flour and flavored with garlic, nutmeg and kirsch.

Good quality swiss cheeses like gruyere and emmenthal are available in most big supermarkets and though in a gourmet store you might be able to find gruyere for $16 a pound, you can find decent cheese for half that in the supermarket.

Its really not that pricey and makes a delicious and special meal.
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