Tips for Buying Your First Raclette Set
If you love to host parties for friends, you may want to invest in a raclette set. Like a fondue pot, a raclette set is a convenient way for a large group to enjoy some melted cheese with bread and other accompaniments. A fondue pot melts cheese so that it’s close to being a liquid, but a raclette set allows individuals to grill cheese so that it stays solid and a bit crispy.
Typically a raclette set consists of small pans that resemble fry pans but which are meant for individual use. The set also has a large communal pan or grill on which guests put this small fry pan. This type of melted, grilled cheese is often served with bread, grilled vegetables, or sausages. It can be used for informal parties when you want cheese and some bread along with a glass of wine, or it can be used for a fun dinner as guests make up their own appetizer or side dish.
To find the right raclette set for yourself, first consider the size you need. Typically they come with four or eight individual pans, so if you enjoy large parties, the larger raclette set is going to work better. If you’re just looking for something to have for the family or if you typically only host another couple for dinner or parties, the smaller size may be more manageable for you.
More expensive raclette sets will have a granite grill top as these are more attractive for a party table. If you’re not concerned about appearances you may choose a typical nonstick grill for your raclette set as these have a more casual look. Both work well, although the granite top may be easier to clean than the nonstick version.
An electric raclette set is usually safer than one that works with Sterno cans although you need to be aware of how the cord will wrap around your serving table. For casual parties that may involve foot traffic, Sterno canisters may be a better option.
Nonstick is good for the small individual pans so they can clean easily. Be sure your raclette set includes small spatulas or scrapers for guests so they can serve themselves more readily. The size of your raclette set is also important as you want plenty of room on the grilling area for additional vegetables or other items you’ll serve.
Shop around for a raclette set and only invest in quality. Note the reviews of any product left by other users; you want to purchase something that is easy to clean and easy to use with company. Don’t let price alone determine your purchase, so you have a set you can use for years to come.