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Fun with Fondue #26 -- Make Fondue Broth from Thanksgiving Turkey
November 13, 2014

Thanksgiving will be here in just a few weeks, marking the official start of the holiday season for many people. I certainly hope you'll get to spend it with friends and family.

Thanksgiving is all about catching up, enjoying each other's company and being grateful for everything we have, even when we feel it's not enough.

For most people, a roasted turkey will be the center of attention, and this year, I encourage you to use your turkey carcass to make delicious (and healthy!) turkey broth that you can freeze and use for an upcoming broth fondue dinner at home with friends.

I also answer one of the questions I received from a fondue fan.

Monthly Recipe Idea

After roasting your turkey, here's how you can turn your turkey bones into your very own delicious turkey broth made from scratch! If you don't intend to use it within a few days, you should freeze it with the fat layer intact until you thaw it. (Remove the fat layer before use.)

I recommend using different types of vegetables (raw cherry tomatoes, raw button mushrooms, steamed cauliflower, steamed broccoli) and meat in this broth (beef, chicken, turkey...)

And YES, you can cook various meats and veggies all at the same time in the same pot, just adjust your cooking time to ensure poultry is fully cooked and your turkey-broth dinner will be awesome.

You can serve it with a side salad, rice and the following three dips:

Unsure how to host a broth fondue dinner or how much meat to have on hand for your guests? Find out more on this page.

Fondue Question of The Month

A few months ago, I received an interesting question from Janis. Here's a paraphrased version of her question and my answer, which may be useful if you ever get caught in a similar situation.

Question: During power outages, could I use a fondue pot for heating soup?

Answer: For sure, a fondue pot (with a gel/alcohol burner) can be used for heating soup. Broth fondue is similar to soup in a way, and fondue does come to a boil in a fondue pot, with the burner on maximum heat. So if you have a stainless steel, cast iron or copper fondue pot that comes with a metal burner (NOT a tealight), you could heat soup in the event of a power outage.

But make sure to stock up on fuel!

A bottle should be plenty to refill the burner a few times, and each 'full burner' lasts about 30-45 minutes, so a bottle or two would be handy to have if you want to use it a few times. And keep in mind that it WILL take a while to heat cold soup in a fondue pot... maybe 20-30 minutes, so make sure to have extra fuel on hand (that's why I recommend that people pre-heat their broth on the stove top, but that obviously wouldn't be possible in case of a power outage).

If your fondue burner has some sort of 'fabric/mesh' in it, you can use liquid alcohol fuel, which you'll find in grocery stores/hardware stores. If it doesn't have any fabric/mesh in it, you can pour gel fuel directly into the metal base. You can purchase this kind of gel fuel online or in grocery stores or even use 'one-time-use-canisters' that fit into it. I personally use alcohol, but you have to be careful to NOT overfill it or spill it. For illustrated examples of fondue fuel, visit this page.

If you don't already have a fondue pot and are interested in getting one so you can heat soup, beans, or make fondue in the event of a power outage, I would recommend going with a 'versatile' pot that comes with the ceramic insert that allows you to do all types of fondue in it. The insert is used when making chocolate or cheese fondue, it creates a 'double-boiler' so you don't burn the cheese/chocolate fondue.

Here's an example of a pot I would recommend if you live in the USA, Canada, UK or Germany.

You can view various fondue pot examples on this page.

Food For Thought

"Wine is the pleasantest subject in the world to discuss. All its associations are with occasions when people are at their best; with relaxation, contentment, leisurely meals and the free flow of ideas."

- Hugh Johnson

That's it for now. Want more fondue tips and ideas?

Visit the site and browse through my collection of fondue recipes or explore my fondue site in French.

You'll hear back from me in a few weeks.

Until then, be careful with open flames, and have fun with fondue!


Caroline Begin

P.S. If you haven't heard,'s Volume 2 is out. Get the complete guide to hosting a Greek-Inspired beef broth fondue dinner today!

BestFondue volume 2: Greek-Inspired Broth Fondue

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