How do I choose a fondue set?
Because there are different types of fondue sets, it's important to first determine whether you prefer cheese, bouillon, or chocolate fondue. Some fondue sets are suitable for multiple types of fondue, but bear in mind that a fondue set is always best suited for one type of fondue. In most cases, that depends on the material of the fondue set:
Material fondue set
*A ceramic fondue set is particularly suitable for cheese and chocolate fondue.
*A fondue set made of stainless steel or cast iron is particularly suitable for meat and Chinese fondue.
What are the differences between the types of fondue sets?
Cheese fondue means you dip ingredients in melted cheese. A traditional cheese fondue set is made from earthenware that responds directly if you lower or turn up the temperature. The cheese won't get a chance to stick to the pan. Most cheese fondue sets are also suitable for chocolate fondue.
Meat fondue means you dip small pieces of meat in broth, so that the meat cooks until done. Because this can sometimes splash, a meat fondue set often has an anti-splash lid. A typical meat fondue set is made of stainless steel or cast iron, a material that retains heat very well. Some meat fondue sets are also suitable for chocolate fondue.
A Chinese fondue set, known in China as huo guo, looks like a meat fondue set, but often has a larger pan because it's traditionally used for birthdays and other parties. Ingredients like meat, vegetables and noodles are left in the pan to boil, then scooped out with nets to be eaten with sauce.
You can dip fruit and sweets in melted chocolate by using a chocolate fondue set. This is often used as a dessert. Chocolate fondue sets are usually very small and compact. You can also choose a chocolate fountain, which means melted chocolate is pumped up and falls down again via the fountain.
Why is the material of the fondue set important?
Pottery fondue sets
Especially suitable for cheese and chocolate fondue
Earthenware fondue pans are especially suitable for cheese fondue and chocolate fondue, as this material reacts quickly to heat changes. That way, your cheese or chocolate will burn less quickly. Meat fondue isn't an option if you have an earthenware fondue set, because they have a burner that doesn't get hot enough to heat the broth.
Stainless steel fondue sets
Especially suitable for meat and Chinese fondue
Stainless steel fondue sets heat up quickly and are especially suitable for meat fondue or Chinese fondue. Stainless steel is very suitable for high temperatures and conducts the heat well. If a stainless steel fondue pan has a good non-stick coating, it can also be used for cheese or chocolate fondue.
Cast iron fondue sets
Especially suitable for meat fondue
Cast iron is also most suitable for meat fondue. Cast iron takes a little longer to get to temperature but keeps the heat longer. When a cast iron pan is enameled, it can also be used for cheese fondue.
What size fondue set do I need?
The number of people you want to fund with is also important for the choice of your fondue set. The number of people in a fondue set is usually shown in the number of fondue forks that you get. Of course you can always buy more fondue forks yourself. Therefore look especially at the contents of the pan. For example, a 1-liter fondue pot can have 4 fondue forks, but with this content, fondue with 6 people is also possible.