Everyone gets in a food rut now and then. Why not host a Seasonal Food Swap with 4-6 friends? Don’t be intimidated. You can share your favorites while sampling others’ cooking — and we all know anything cooked by someone else tastes great! It’s like hosting a small potluck without having to clean your house for guests.
What Is a Seasonal Food Swap?
The swap is a quarterly exchange of a type of food previously agreed upon by the group. Each member cooks enough to share with the other members, you meet/exchange and everyone leaves with a cooler full of new food! It’s as simple as setting up a planning meeting and you’re well on your way to new and interesting foods.
Via email, let your friends know how a Seasonal Food Swap works and what you hope to accomplish at the one-hour planning meeting. Setting a time limit helps keep your group focused on the task, after all you are trying to save each other time! Encourage everyone to use a group email for questions prior to the actual meeting.
When you do meet, provide light refreshments and keep things moving. Pick your exchange dates (have a calendar handy). Discuss things like: quantities, food allergies, disposable vs. returnable containers and the best way for everyone to get a copy of each recipe. This is also time to share things like “Edna hates curry,” and “Wendy has a fear of hard boiled eggs.”
Make it a group effort! Designate one friend to take notes and email details after the meeting. Designate another to send email reminders a week before each exchange.
Spring = Light & Fresh. Exchange a marinade/sauce with instructions for use. In addition, everyone provides a loaf of sweet or savory quick bread. Summer? Schedules are relaxed – think Cool & Easy. A pasta salad exchange along with a jar of homemade salad dressing, pickles or preserves might fit the bill. As things cool down, people’s tastes change. Comfort food might be a fun fall theme. Try a chili/casserole exchange. This winter, skip the cookies and go for Warm and Homey. Soup and bread are excellent choices.
Obviously, your choices will vary depending on your location and your group, but you get the general idea. Put some fun back into feeding your family – organize your Seasonal Food Swap today!