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What Went Wrong? Fondue Not Combining

There's nothing worse than a bad recipe! Over the weekend, I had a horrible time making pepper jack cheese fondue. I followed the recipe exactly, but the fondue was a soggy mess. It consisted of a bottle of beer, which was brought to a boil. It simmered with garlic and cayenne pepper for several minutes. Then, I added in a pound of grated pepper jack cheese by the handful.

However, while the cheese melted, it didn't combine with the beer. The soup-like fondue was gloppy and made me want to cry! It was a complete failure. I tried to salvage it by pouring out the excess liquid, adding in more cheese, and baking it in the oven, but in the end, that didn't really work either. Any idea what went wrong? Have you ever made fondue that didn't emulsify?

Aimee3242 Aimee3242 6 years
Did you throw in all the cheese at once or little by little to make sure it had disolved?
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
I agree with Rinren84, based on my many failed attempts of making baked macaroni cheese.
Scarlet129 Scarlet129 6 years
As a former Melting Pot manager, tossing your cheese with some cornstarch is a MUST! Good luck! :-)
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 6 years
There was cornstarch involved! I forgot to say I tossed the grated cheese with a tablespoon of cornstarch. Maybe the heat was too hot...
kayepants kayepants 6 years
Any time I've had a fondue problem it was because the heat was too high.
Molly-Goodson Molly-Goodson 6 years
Agreed with #3 — was there any corn starch involved? That has always been the key for me (or more accurately, when I watch my in laws who live in Switzerland do it...I usually use the mixes since they already have the corn starch inclucded).
bknowles bknowles 6 years
Maybe it needed cornstarch?
limelindsey limelindsey 6 years
Maybe the beer was too hot? I was making broccoli cheese soup recently (not the same, I know) and it was going perfectly! But after I added the cheese, I forgot to turn the heat down. It all curdled! I tried blending it, whisking, etc. Nothing fixed it. I was so disgusted with myself!
Jenkies Jenkies 6 years
I think you might need to add a different cheese that could be used as an emulsifier in addition to the pepper jack. Something that is softer and is a good melting cheese.
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