Fondue for the Future: 7 Ways to Sustainably Enjoy Cheese Fondue

Fondue for the Future: 7 Ways to Sustainably Enjoy Cheese Fondue

We just can't seem to get enough of cheese fondue. Traditional Swiss style, goat cheese with truffles, spicy farmhouse cheese... the variations on delicious cheese fondue recipes are virtually endless. But let's be honest, this guilty pleasure of melted cheese is not really sustainable. Luckily, there are lots of ways to enjoy cheese fondue in a more conscious way. And they're easy to do! We've put together a list for you.

1. Soft cheese takes the stage

As far as cheese is concerned, the production of milk has the greatest environment impact. Cheese that requires the least amount of milk, such as soft cheese, also has the least impact on the environment. So, consider adding a soft cheese like brie to your fondue. Besides being very tasty, it's slightly better for our planet than using only hard cheese.

2. Organic? Absolutely!

Organic cheese is produced using a method that is better for the environment and the cows. The cows that provide the milk graze in pastures and are not given any antibiotics or hormones. Chemical fertizers and pesticides are not used either. So, yes, it's better for the environment, the cows and you! This recipe for organic cheese fondue is worth trying.

3. Less is more

We totally understand. When you picture a cheese fondue pot full of creamy fondue, your eyes may be bigger than your stomach and you may end up with a whole lot of fondue cheese. Not making more cheese fondue than necessary lets you avoid food waste, which is also nice for the planet (not to mention your waistline). Read more here about how much fondue cheese you need per person.

4. From leftovers to riches

Before you start buying all kinds of delicious dippers, check what you already have in your refrigerator or cabinets. That bell pepper you decided not to add to your pasta yesterday makes the perfect dipper today. Throw out old bread? Such a waste! Turn it into delicious croutons for your fondue. Seriously, you can dip more in fondue than you might think.

5. Hands-on hygiene

Planning on washing the fondue pot and forks in the dishwasher after use? Nice and easy, yes, but you'll be using a lot more water than if you wash them by hand. So, roll up your sleeves and start washing. Washing up together can be fun, too. It's a win-win situation.

6. The world of plant-based flavors

To some, it's sacrilege, but to others, it's the perfect alternative: vegan cheese fondue. Plant-based cheese produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions and involves less land use. And it's great for making tasty fondue. Or try a different alternative with... nuts! Try this delicious vegan cashew fondue recipe for something different. We were – as diehard cheese lovers – pleasantly surprised.

7. Simplicity itself

Are your eyes bigger than your stomach? There's no reason to throw away the leftover cheese fondue. Simply put it in an airtight container or bag. It can be stored in the freezer for around three months. Perfect for when you want to make your own cheese sauce or the next time you plan to make cheese fondue. The more you get to enjoy this guilty pleasure, the better.

These tips can help you enjoy delicious cheese fondue, while also doing the planet a favor. After all, every little bit helps. But are you in the mood for fondue with aged cheese, delicious fresh dippers or want to wash the fondue pot in the dishwasher? We won't hold it against you! Do what feels right for you. There are a lot of other ways to contribute to a better world.