After posting idea 4, make jam or preserves, it seems natural that this next idea would be number 5. Attending or hosting a food swap is a great way to share ideas and food.
So what is a food swap?
It is a place where people trade their homemade food stuffs for someone else’s homemade food stuffs. I have seen and heard of all kinds of items being swapped. Think of things as easy as cookies and as unique as a sourdough starter. During a great summer garden haul you can even swap your fresh produce. One of the best things about the swap, in my opinion, is that you can ask people about tips on how they make certain items.
I have only made it to one food swap, but I had so much fun that I keep telling everyone I know that they should attend. Some day I won’t be working on Saturdays and will be able to attend more frequently. If you aren’t lucky enough to have one in your community you can start your own.
If you want to find out if your area has a food swap check out the Food Swap Network site. If you aren’t one of the lucky ones, start your own. This article from Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking. I linked to it in idea 4, but the podcast episode with Suzanne from Indy Food Swap really is a wealth of information on canning and food swapping.
The next food swap in Indianapolis is March 18th. You can find more details at Indy Food Swappers. You need to reserve tickets and it does sell out. If you don’t make it to this one be sure to sign up for the email list. She always sends out an early email so you can plan for the day and be ready to jump on tickets.
Don’t forget that this series of posts is also a contest where you can win a fabulous prize. More details about how to participate and the prize can be found here.
What would you bring to a food swap?0