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How to Host a Chocolate Fondue Party

So you just purchased a Salton fondue fountain for your upcoming holiday party, or maybe you were gifted one from a friendly neighbor. Here are some ideas to get that fondue fountain out of the box and in use.

 

Put your fondue fountain to work with these easy tips and tricks:

 

  1. Warm your fondue fountain while you melt your chocolate

To get your fountain ready for the chocolate plug in the machine on a stable and level surface to warm up while you are melting your chocolate. This will ensure the best flow from the fountain base over the auger for the perfect chocolate-y experience.

 

  1. The best way to melt chocolate is over a double boiler

To melt your chocolate, start by putting an inch of water to simmer in a medium-sized pot. Place a heat-safe bowl on top of the pot so that bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. Add morsels of chocolate to the bowl and stir occasionally. For every 32 ounces of chocolate, add ¾ cup of oil to liquefy in order to use for fondue. Stir until smooth and remove the bowl from heat to pour into the base of the chocolate fountain.

 

  1. Use chocolate that contains no more than 60% cocoa

The best chocolate to use for a chocolate fountain is semi-sweet and contains no more than 60% cocoa. This type of chocolate will create the best form when liquefied for using in a chocolate fountain and no additional oil should have to be added.

 

  1. Add flavors to your melted chocolate to enhance your fondue experience

To really step up your chocolate fondue experience, try adding flavourings to the melted chocolate. This is an optional step but really allows you to customize to your taste and try new flavours. You can use: vanilla extract, almond extract, cake batter flavor extract, maple extract, cinnamon extract, coconut extract, hazelnut extract, mint extract, coffee extract. For a unique and adult-only twist, try flavoured liqueurs such as hazelnut liqueur, amaretto, or your favourite liqueurs

 

  1. Melt cheese to create a cheese fondue fountain

Get creative with your fondue fountain and try a cheese fondue fountain instead of chocolate. Melt cheese as you would for normal fondue and dilute it with white wine or table cream to keep it liquid for the fountain. Cheese fondue is perfect for dipping grapes, apples, breads, shrimp, crackers, pretzels, meats, and just about anything you’d love to eat smothered in cheese!

Don’t have a Salton Fondue Fountain yet? Available for purchase here.

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Pina Colada Smoothie

Serves 1
Ingredients

3/4 cup (175 ml) unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup (125 ml) water
1 1/2 cup (375 ml) raw pineapple, diced or frozen
1 serving unflavoured or vanilla (unsweetened) whey protein powder*
5 raw cashews
1 tbsp (15 ml) chia seeds

 

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in the blender jar in the order listed above. Secure the lid.
  • Set the speed control to the lowest speed and turn the blender on.
  • Slowly increase the speed to the highest setting and blend for about 1 minute.
  • If a thinner consistency is desired, add a little extra water and blend for another 20 seconds.

 

Nutritional information (per serving)

  • Calories 314
  • Fat 5 grams
  • Protein 29 grams
  • Fiber 10 grams

 

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The Ultimate Portable Cooktop Guide for Camping and Entertaining

With all the different options for portable cooktops, it can be difficult to decide what’s right for you. Whether you want an extra hot plate for heating and cooking at home or a convenient portable stove for camping, Salton’s great selection has something for everyone. Here’s a handy guide to choose your own cooktop, based on Salton’s best sellers:

Portable Induction Cooktops

If safety or energy efficiency is your biggest concern, go for induction. ID1305An induction cooktop uses magnetic waves to instantly heat a specialized iron pot or pan to precise temperatures. With a surface that remains cool throughout the cooking process, there is no need to worry about anyone accidentally burning themselves – and the smooth top wipes clean in a snap. It even has a timer to shut-off automatically, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting it’s on. It’s no wonder our induction cooktop is such a popular choice.

Specs:
• LED display with 8 temperature settings from 60ºC (140ºF) to 240ºC (465ºF). Melt butter & chocolate, steam fish & dumplings, sear or stir‐fry meat & vegetables, and boil water for pasta or soups
• Power setting range: 300W to 1800W
• Timer – up to 3 hours with auto shut‐off and audible signal
• Tempered glass surface

Portable Coil Burners

cooktop-single-salton-1The best option for budget-conscious folks who want something that’s basic and will get the job done, these simple and easy to use portable coil cooktops are perfect for cottages, student dorms, camping – and even your office.

Specs:
• Available in both single and double burner
• High-speed coil element heats up quickly
• Variable temperature control and indicator lights
• Get it in white, black, or stainless steel

Portable Infrared Cooktops

HP1269_2-1The perfect combination of style and value, Salton’s Infrared Portable Cooktop heats more efficiently than regular stove tops, has minimal heat loss to the countertop or table and is compatible with all types of cookware – including glass, ceramic and aluminum. If you’re seeking an elegant, versatile and lightweight solution for your portable cooking needs, look no further!

Specs:

• Available in both single and double burner
• Heats more efficiently than traditional cooktops with minimal heat loss
• Precise temperature control from boil to simmer
• Double burner model has separate heat controls to cook different types of food simultaneously
• Elegant stainless steel housing with large 7.4” (188mm) diameter burners
• Lightweight and easy to store
• Smooth surfaces are easy to clean

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Kale Cucumber Pear Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients
1 cup (250 ml) water
1 cup (250 ml) kale
1 cup (250 ml) cucumber
1 cup (250 ml) pear
1 tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice
1 serving unflavoured or vanilla (unsweetened) whey protein powder*
5 raw cashews

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in the blender jar in the order listed above. Secure the lid.
  • Set the speed control to the lowest speed and turn the blender on.
  • Slowly increase the speed to the highest setting and blend for about 1 minute.
  • If a thinner consistency is desired, add a little water and blend for another 20 seconds.

Nutritional information (per serving)

  • Calories 341
  • Fat 6 grams
  • Protein 31 grams
  • Fiber 8 grams
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Machines for the Man of the House

Make sure Dad’s equipped with the right kitchen power tools this Father’s Day, with our roundup of top appliances that will make his busy life easier and help him eat better.

 

Harley Pasternak Power Blender
For the healthy dad, the Harley Pasternak Power Blender is an affordable high-powered blender with 2 HP, 30,000 RPM, 1500 watts and fully metal gears. This blender will make anything from protein shakes to smoothies to dips and hot soups in no time at all – and includes a booklet of recipes from personal trainer and nutrition expert, Harley Pasternak.

 

Induction Cooktop
An Induction Cooktop is a faster, safer and highly portable way to cook, and works to expand dad’s kitchen outdoors for BBQ season. Also a great addition to camping trips, dad can now leave those bulky gas canisters behind when he goes adventuring, and stay safe from accidental cooktop burns with a surface that remains cool throughout the cooking process. It even comes with an induction-ready pot so dad can get started immediately.

 

iShave USB-charged Electric Shaver
Essential for any guy on the go, our iShave is an innovative, compact companion that will fit perfectly into any guy’s grooming kit. This electric shaver plugs into any USB port to recharge and will run 35 minutes on a full charge. Now, getting that great close shave is easy with the iShave.

 

5-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
A perfect gift for the busy dad, the Salton 5-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker helps make quick and nutritious meals in a snap. With cooking times up to 70% shorter than traditional cooking methods, it’s efficient, easy to use and easy to clean.

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Purple Power Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients
1/2 cup (125 ml)        water
1/2 cup (125 ml)        sweet cherries, pitted (frozen, if desired)
1/2 cup (125 ml)        raspberries (frozen, if desired)
1/2 cup (125 ml)        blueberries (frozen, if desired)
1/4 cup (60 ml)         pomegranate seeds
1 serving                     unflavoured or vanilla (unsweetened) whey protein powder*
5                                   cashews

 

Directions

  1.    Place all ingredients in the blender jar in the order listed above.
  2.    Secure the lid.
  3.    Set the speed control to the lowest speed and turn the blender on.
  4.    Slowly increase the speed to the highest setting and blend for about 1 minute.
  5.    If a thinner consistency is desired, add a little water and blend for another 20 seconds.

 

Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories 314
Fat 5 grams
Protein 29 grams
Fiber 10 grams