Ingredients and Supplies:
Soup containers (canning jars or lidded plastic containers)
Soup (frozen, freshly made, or dry ingredients only)
Assorted foods, such as crackers, brownies, or spice packets (all optional)
A swap is more than just getting together to trade wine, cookies, pies, or even books. It’s a social event where friends, family, and neighbors, get together to visit, laugh, swap stories, update each other on our lives, and share favorite things. At the same time, we taste home cooking, and enjoy refreshing beverages. So, what’s the down side to having a trading party that features homemade soup? There isn’t one!
What is your favorite soup? Vegetable beef? Chicken noodle? Potato? Whatever it is, make some, and let others enjoy it with you. In the invitations, provide information on the date, time, and place where the swap will be held. In addition, let each guest know to bring a certain number of containers, filled with soup. The containers can be canning jars, filled with fresh soup, or can be plastic containers, filled with frozen soup. Or, opt to bring jars with the soup’s dry ingredients, along with a simple instruction card, so that the recipient can add water or broth to finish the soup. Each container should be labeled with information such as the type of soup and the date that it was made. There is no rule stating that each jar or container feature the same soup.
The setup of the soup swap is up to you. Each guest could set up a small table and feature the soup that he or she brought. Or, you can just have the guests sit around your living room and have their soups in baskets. Trades can be made in a more casual manner that way.
The swap works when two people agree upon a trade. You might trade your chicken noodle soup for someone’s split pea soup. You could trade just one quart, or all of your containers, with the same person.
During the soup swap you don’t have to limit yourself to trading only soups and stews. You can also trade beverages, crackers, brownies, cookies, soup spice packets, homemade bread, soup bowl sets, and other things.
A soup swap is a great way to keep in touch with neighbors, friends, and family members, but it’s much more than that. It’s a social event that features good food, a night out, lots of laughs, and a chance to trade the soup that your family loves for other delicious soups. Summer or winter, the soup swap is a great idea, and you’ll want to have another, and another swap, in the future.