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Fondue Pots

Electric fondue pots can easily double as a deep fryer. And an effective one, at that, because you can control the temperature without needing a thermometer. Really, you can use a fondue pot for anything you might make in boiled water on the stovetop.

Recipe: Vegetable Tempura


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups cold water
  • Vegetables, washed, peeled, and cut into chunks (try zucchini, asparagus, carrots, green beans, sweet potato — whatever you like!)
  • Peanut oil for frying

1. In a large bowl, combine eggs and water.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, corn starch, baking soda, baking power, sugar, and salt. Stir dry mixture into wet mixture, until batter is slightly lumpy. Take care not to over-stir.
3. Pour peanut oil into fondue pot and heat to 350 degrees. Using a fondue skewer, coat vegetables in batter until it’s coated well — not dripping.
4. Carefully place vegetables into peanut oil and let fry for about 3-4 minutes, or until batter is golden brown and vegetables are softened.

Recipe Credit: Fabulous Foods

Other Ideas for Fondue Pots:

  • Chips – Potato, tortilla, banana, you name it!
  • Egg Rolls
  • Falafel
  • Asian Hot Pot
  • Yogurt, if your electric fondue pot has a lot of heat settings.

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Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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1:11AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Amiable articles and the blogs really helped me a lot, thanks for the valuable information.
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12:45AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

some of those are great ideas, but i try to avoid such luxurious 1 use products! saying that, i do have a pressure cooker which doubles up as the most biggest heavy bottomed saucepan i have to make jam in! and i have a juicer which has a smoothie maker with it and i use that for soups. i also have a george foreman and use that for anything that could be grilled, from freezer stuff to bagels! you can never have to many knives or chopping implements though!

4:19PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Good Ideas to howto reuse applinces.thx

3:27PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

we rec'd a waffle iron as a wedding gift. it turned out to be too messy to use often. i guess we can try to make paninis. the bread machine and rice cookers should come with recipe booklets that let you know of other things you can make. i can't comment on the other items.

3:10PM PST on Nov 13, 2012


12:11AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

panini in a waffle iron = brilliant!


11:57PM PST on Nov 10, 2012

(Trying to cram in my points before midnight. No time for thoughtful comment, so...)

Good to know!

11:17AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

using hot oil in a fondue and serving dishes of cubed steak, allows each person to cook each mouthful of steak to their own preferred level,, its a quick way to give everyone their perfect steak and its very social

10:54AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012


9:55PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

When we replaced our rice cooker we got one with a basket for steaming and a special setting for risotto! I love it!

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