As the weather cools down and we start to spend more time indoors, it’s the perfect time for indulging in cheese fondue or chocolate fondue with friends and family.
However, what happens when you have leftover fondue?
Do you know how to reheat it properly without it becoming a dried-out mess?
In this article, we’ll teach you how to reheat fondue like a pro.
The Basics of Fondue
First things first – understanding the fundamentals of fondue will help you understand the best way to reheat it.
Cheese or chocolate are great starting points for most beginners, but once you’ve mastered these basics, you can try out different recipes.
Cheese fondues are typically made with Gruyère or Emmental cheese that is slowly melted in a pot over low heat.
White wine, garlic, and kirsch (a cherry liqueur) are then added for flavor. Cubed bread or boiled potatoes are usually used as dipping vessels.
Chocolate fondues consist of melting dark chocolate with cream over low heat.
Vanilla extract is added for flavoring before dipping items like fruit pieces, marshmallows or graham crackers into melted mixture.
Regardless of whether your leftover fondue is made from cheese or chocolate – there’s no need for waste!
How to Reheat Fondue in a Conventional Oven
Reheating leftover fondue in an oven is quick and easy. Here’s how:
- Preheat your oven at 250°F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Remove the leftover melted cheese from its container/pot/serving dish onto your lined baking sheet.
- Evenly distribute the remaining contents.
- Place the pan into your preheated oven until melted again (around 5-10 minutes).
- Remove from the oven and pop it back into your pot/stove top fondue pot or other serving dish to keep warm while you curl up with family.
The key to this method is making sure that the cheese/ chocolate mixture doesn’t dry out. Therefore, it’s essential that you monitor closely.
How to Reheat Fondue in the Microwave
Reheating fondue in a microwave is fast but requires some attention:
- Start by removing leftovers from the original pot/serving dish and transferring them to a microwave-safe bowl.
- Microwave for 30-second sessions (stir after each session) until melted.
- Be cautious not to over-heat as microwaves can cause quick evaporation turning/warping of the bowl.
This method works best for small amounts of melted cheese or chocolate as there is no need for extensive reheating, and you want those delicious dipping sauces consumed quickly!
How to Reheat Fondue in a Skillet
Reheating fondue using a skillet pan on your stove top might be your preference if you plan on eating right away.
- Remove any leftover cooked cheese or chocolate from their packaging using a plastic spatula, avoid scraping off excess residue as this could make cleanup more challenging.
- Transfer contents into an ideal size skillet pan ensuring even distribution.
- Heat on low heat until completely melted again, stirring often.
- Once fully re-heated remove from heat source immediately and serve.
Heating on low heat temperature ensures that there’s no overheating of leftovers resulting in lumpy or crusty retained pieces.
How to Reheat Fondue by Searing
Grilled cheese enthusiasts will appreciate this method because it recreates the crisp texture of grilled cheeses:
- Season chicken tenderloins with salt then add cooking oil spray onto a nonstick frying pan
- Put your sliced bread cubes into the pan and allow them to sear for some time (10 minutes) till golden brown.
- Add potatoes, vegetables, or chicken in the skillet, pour leftover melted cheese or chocolate on top (depending on your fondue flavor).
- Cover the lid of your skillet and allow everything to heat up evenly.
- Serve hot after turning off the stove/electric burner.
How to Reheat Fondue in an Air Fryer
While not necessarily conventional, air fryers are becoming more popular as versatile kitchen appliances. Here’s how:
- Remove leftover fondue out of its original serving dish/pot into an oven-safe ramekin.
- Place ramekin contents into your air fryer using oven mitts or other protective gear and set at 250°F.
- Heat up till completely melted. Place back into a serving dish if required.
Take care not to overflow the ramekin while melting since it can be challenging to clean once burned cheese crust settles over it.
How To Reheat Fondue using a Toaster Oven
Toaster ovens are great when you’re dealing with smaller portions:
- Turn on toaster oven power button and preheat it at 275°F.
- Put leftover chocolate or cheese in a distinctive heat-resistant container that can handle high temperatures.
- Place leftovers inside toaster oven and leave until melted
- Remove from toaster oven once fully heated allowing cooling before transferring mixture back into pot/serving dish.
Be mindful of moving quickly if decanting will result in spillage when hot.
How to Reheat Fondue in a Broiler
Broilers are great for adding a touch of crispiness:
- Preheat broil source(s) at high temperature settings depending on your device capabilities such as broiler drawer/lower compartment/igniter wire/spark broth/fan blade/boiling water.
- Prepare sufficient amounts of melted cheese/chocolate in a pan or heat-resistant container that can handle extremely high temperatures
- Place above pan inside your broiler until heated throughout.
- Use tongs/oven mitts to remove the mixture and transfer back into pot/serving dish.
Tongs/oven mitts will help protect your hands from hot dishes and prevent scalding.
How to Reheat Fondue in a Slow Cooker
If you’re in no rush, use the slow cooker method:
- Prepare enough fondue as needed for consumption, transfer it to the slow cooker using a plastic spoon to avoid scratching.
- Set timer at low heat temperature (50°C) preferably if your recipe/manufacturer instructs differently bake low (8-10 hours).
- When done heating up, ensure that there are no lumpy pieces by stirring thoroughly throughout.
- Serve with bread cubes/fruits/nuts/breadsticks for an unbeatable snack!
This method requires planning and may take a lot of time hence be sure not to schedule if you’re short on time.
Is It Safe To Reheat Fondue?
When reheating melted cheese or chocolate fondues, it is crucial to maintain food safety standards. The best way is by storing leftovers in covered containers at appropriate temperatures below 40°F.
Once it’s time to reheat, select any of the methods highlighted above following them carefully.
In conclusion, reheating fondue regardless of its type doesn’t have to be intimidating. With continued practice and repetition using these techniques mentioned above, you’ll become an expert in whipping up those amazing recipes effortlessly!
Jenny has always been passionate about cooking, and she uses her platform to share her joy of food with others. Her recipes are easy to follow, and she loves giving tips and tricks to help others create their own unique culinary creations.