Packaged Raclette & Fondue





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Fondue and raclette are particularly popular in the winter months. Rich, hearty and warming, they not only warm the stomach but the heart, too. Both of these Swiss national dishes are perfect for enjoying at social gatherings with family, friends and acquaintances – on public holidays, for example. But there's another reason why these dishes are such a popular choice for special occasions. If you're planning to serve raclette or fondue, you will need to set aside plenty of time. Although it doesn't take long to prepare the ingredients, the meal itself can take come time – and that is the intention.

Raclette – the traditional Swiss dish

The log fire is crackling away in the open fireplace. In front of the fire is a small group of people chatting – and two halves of a spicy cheese wheel with the cut side facing the heat. This is how it may have looked over 400 years ago when raclette was first "invented" by farmers in Valais. As the creamy cheese began to melt, the top layer was scraped off. This process is what gave raclette its name. It comes from the French word "racler", which means "to scrape". Perfect for cosy get-togethers, this dish from the Swiss canton of Valais has spread to all four corners of the world over the centuries. These days, raclette is frequently prepared using an electric grill, however in some regions of Switzerland you can still enjoy raclette in its original form over an open fire. This rich cheese dish is traditionally accompanied by small boiled potatoes and gherkins.

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Raclette is simple – place the cheese in the raclette pans, allow it to melt and then tuck in. This meal is all about the cheese. Traditionally, you would use raclette cheese from Valais with a fat content of 50%. It melts very easily. However, unpasteurized cheese should be avoided if you are pregnant. Fortunately, there are other types of cheese that can also be used for raclette, such as mozzarella, Butterkäse, young Gouda, Cheddar, mountain cheese and Gorgonzola.

Like most varieties of cheese, raclette cheese is produced in the form of a flat wheel with a diameter of 25-40 cm and a yellowish to reddish rind. This ivory-coloured cheese has very few holes. The different types such as Goms, Bagnes and Orsières have a mildly spicy flavour. These days you no longer have to go to the trouble of slicing fresh cheese. You can simply buy pre-packaged raclette cheese, which has already been cut into slices. Of course, we also sell fresh cheese from the Chäs Hüsli.

Fondue – not just reserved for Alpine chalets

The melted cheese is accompanied by a few more ingredients in a fondue. Crunchy vegetables, bread, fish or meat are just as much a part of the meal as exotic chutneys and hot dips. Fondue is also an incredibly social affair. While the cheese is bubbling away in the pot, there is plenty of time for relaxed conversation. At the table, guests are free to prepare their own meal to suit their preferences.

To make fondue, you need a special ceramic or cast iron pot known as a caquelon (fondue pot). The pot is placed on a burner with liquid/gel fuel or on an electric hot plate. Long fondue forks are practical for dipping pieces of bread, meat or vegetables into the cheese. You can order fondue accessories as well as the cheese and other ingredients conveniently at coop@home.

Tip: It doesn't always have to be about the cheese. You can also make fondue with meat or vegetable stock, or with oil. Chocolate fondue is also a popular choice for those with a sweet tooth.

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Heat the fondue pot, melt plenty of cheese in the pot and enjoy dipping your fork in – it really is that easy. Unlike with raclette, fondue requires a mix of several different varieties of cheese. Cornstarch, white wine and kirsch are also added to the pot. Seasoning such as garlic, pepper and nutmeg is used to give the fondue an individual flavour.

There is some dispute as to which region of Switzerland fondue actually originates from. And the choice of cheese also varies from region to region. Traditionally, fondue would be made using the four classic cheese varieties – Emmentaler, Vacherin, Gryuère and Appenzeller. The "half & half" version is even simpler, using part Gruyère and part Appenzeller. Fondue can be prepared in no time at all – the only way to make this meal even quicker is to buy a ready-made fondue cheese mix. These are available from the fresh cheese counter or come pre-packed on the refrigerated shelf. This has several advantages: There's no left-over cheese and you have exactly the right amount of cheese and the correct proportion of different cheese varieties. Last but not least, pre-packed fondue cheese is also practical in terms of its longer shelf life.