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Eating the fondue

The mistakes
Fondue is a meal, it is not an appetizer or part of a meal.

Fondue does not wait. 5 minutes before the fondue is ready, get everyone to the table, ask someone to light up the lamp and to serve the wine. There is nothing worse than having to wait for everyone to find the time to come and eat.

5 (possibly 6) persons per fondue pot. For large parties, use several pots.

4 fondue pots on a stove ready for warming up for 18 people
Fondue for 18 people
table set with 3 fondue lamps for 13 people
Fondue for 13 people

Using forks and pots for fondue bourguignone. These forks are a guarantee that you will lose your bread in the fondue, and a meat fondue pot is unsuitable for cheese fondue (walls too thin and too small opening).

No strings. Cheese fondue does not make strings. If yours does, there something seriously wrong with your fondue (temperature? proportion wine / cheese ?...)

Drink cold in large quantities. Can make digestion very difficult. Drink either hot tea, or white wine in small sips.

Use or drink red wine. Ridiculous!

photo of a red wine bottle in a fondue pot
No red wine in cheese fondue!

Burn/scorch the fondue. Constantly adjust the burner so that the fondue never boils, just a few small occasional bubbles. In addition each guest must contribute to stir the fondue with each piece of bread dipped.

Scrape the bottom. In particular do not to scrape the bottom if it starts to burn, moreover you want to let la religieuse take form.

Fruits. For dessert maybe, but not with in the fondue!

photo of an ananas in a fondue pot
No ananas in cheese fondue!

Vegetables. Yes but only if it is potatoes, and even only with fondue fribourgeoise or tomato fondue.

Soft bread. Keep this one for the toasts at breakfast, use crusty well structured bread (baguette).

If you have guests, try to avoid licking your fork when eating.

A whole slice of bread on a fork
Not a whole slice!
Another photo of a whole slice of bread on a fork
See the good example at the top of the photo!

Use reasonable pieces of bread, you want to eat cheese, not bread only!
  • 4 fondue pots on a stove ready for warming up for 18 people
    Fondue for 18 people4 fondue pots on a stove ready for warming up for 18 peopleFondue for 18 people
  • photo of a red wine bottle in a fondue pot
    No red wine in cheese fondue!photo of a red wine bottle in a fondue potNo red wine in cheese fondue!
  • table set with 3 fondue lamps for 13 people
    Fondue for 13 peopletable set with 3 fondue lamps for 13 peopleFondue for 13 people
  • photo of an ananas in a fondue pot
    No ananas in cheese fondue!photo of an ananas in a fondue potNo ananas in cheese fondue!
  • a whole slice of bread on a fork
    Not a whole slice!a whole slice of bread on a forkNot a whole slice!
  • another photo of a whole slice of bread on a fork
    See the good example at the top of the picture!another photo of a a whole slice of bread on a forkSee the good example at the top of the picture!