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works exactly as promised
on January 19, 2014
this is the pot to order if you will be doing a meat fondue either in broth or oil. I bought this pot and did the three course fondue my first try. I started with the cheese fondue (using the ceramic insert) then heated oil for steak and lobster, then used the ceramic insert again for chocolate fondue. The instructions recommend heating everything on the stove first. I found that this was not only not necessary but a waste of cleaning pots/pans. This pot heats up quickly enough that the cheese course took roughly 5 min to mix and melt. The meat (oil) took less than 10 minutes to heat and a good chunk of steak cooked through in less than a minute or two. The chocolate took less than five minutes to melt.
My first attempt I heated the oil in a pot on the stove first, big mistake!!! When you go to transfer the hot oil into the stainless steel fondue pot it splashes everywhere!!!! Skip heating it on the stove, it heats quickly enough right in the pot.
Also, one site recommended putting a chunk of raw potato in the bottom of the oil to reduce splattering. I did this and didn't have a problem. The splash guard provided also helped.
I would recommend this size pot for up to four people. If you are doing a 'meal' in the pot, not just cheese or chocolate, I would recommend two pots for more than four people.
Some reviewers complained about the power chord. It is short and I had to use an extension chord (need a high voltage chord with three prongs) and had no problem with the chord disconnecting from the fondue pot. It magnetically connects to the pot so if the chord is accidentally tripped over it wont send the boiling liguid everywhere. A GREAT safety feature when my dog came smelling around the table and pulled the chord. All I had to do was reconnect it to get it heating again.
Recipes provided are basic but there are plenty of online sites for more. Overall, this was a huge it and my family asked me to do this over and over again. I've even pulled it out on weeknights using a Mojo broth. I just cut up some chicken and raw vegetables, pour the ingredients in the pot and in ten minutes my family is 'cooking' themselves dinner. Great for busy weeknights. Also used the cheese fondue as an appetizer for a girls wine night at my house. The ladies loved it. I cant cook a lick, so they were very impressed but I didn't have to worry about messing it up.