You own a Fondussimo electric fondue set? You’ll surely find out that you need more broth than with a conventional fondue. Here are our best tips for planning your fondue meal!
How much broth to prepare?
We always recommend 3-4 liters of broth (3-4 boxes of store-bought broth), or even more if there are several good eaters, or if you're soaking absorbent ingredients like pasta, broccoli or mushrooms! No need to rack your brains: the right amount of stock is always included in Fondussimo recipes!
The most important thing is to keep the broth level high enough to cover the garnishes during cooking. This is the key to the ultimate fondue experience!
A TIP: Place a few pre-filled baskets on the ring, then pour broth into the bowl until it reaches the 2nd row of perforations at the top. And that's it! This is the optimum broth level for dipping food.
That being said, planning the perfect quantity of broth depends on a few factors.
Adapt how much broth you prepare based on the number of guests
Will there be 2 or 3 guests at your table? You might be tempted to use less broth, but then the liquid’s height in the Fondussimo pot may be insufficient to fully immerse your dipping ingredients in the baskets.
A fan shared his trick with us to use less broth for dinner parties with fewer guests: Simply fill 1 or 2 cooking baskets with baby potatoes to take up volume in the pot! You’ll then be able to feast on these delicious broth-soaked potatoes at the end of the meal or some other time.
You’ll be 5 or 6 diners at your table? Since a large volume of ingredients will be cooked simultaneously, it is better to use a little less broth fondue in your Fondussimo at the beginning of the meal. But remember to add broth when its level gets low during the meal.
When the ingredients have a say
Do you plan on cooking pasta in fondue, or other absorbent foods, like mushrooms, broccoli or fried tofu? They will soak up a lot of broth!
If you’re enjoying a meal for 2, it won’t have much of an impact, but if you are feeding 4 people or more, you’ll definitely have to prepare a larger quantity of broth, at least double. By precooking your pasta in water (which is not mandatory or necessary), you can reduce the amount of broth required during the meal. Note that your pasta will have a slightly less pronounced taste than if you cook them directly in the broth, as suggested in our Italian Fondue recipe.
Is your broth level dropping quickly during the meal, even though you aren’t cooking absorbent food? You might be boiling the liquid too much, which can speed up the evaporation process. Turn the temperature control knob down a little and add a little water to replace what’s been lost!
Our best advice: be generous!
The Fondussimo fondue sets allows you to share good moments around a refined and generous meal! So when in doubt, make a little more broth, because there’s nothing more annoying than running out of fondue broth during a meal. And if you are wondering what to do with your leftover broth after your meal, here are a few delicious ideas to try out!