Happy Friday! I am so excited to share all the details about my new Soup Club with you all. I am also guest hosting the Fit and Fashionable link up for Nicole today over on her blog where I am also sharing some of the Soup Club details. So please hop on over and check that out as well-thanks!
We are moms = We are busy
We are runners = We are hungry all time
I noticed that my friends and I talk about food a lot. We often talk about what we are making for dinner and the challenges we face to get healthy home cooked meals on the table for our families. Wouldn’t it be great if we could help each other out? We all want to have home cooked meals but some days are just crazy busy. Thus the Soup Club was formed.
The How To’s
Invite your friends to join your Soup Club
-I recommend no more than 5 people in each group otherwise each member has to cook a very large quantity. We started with 2 groups of 5.
-I found it easiest to use a Facebook messenger group to communicate so that everyone could keep up with the chatter and questions easier. We are still chatting in our group about the soups as the ladies are defrosting and eating them.
-Ask about any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
-We have a Vegetarian group of 5 and a Non-Vegetarian group of 5.
-Each member is responsible for making soup for the 4 other members of their group and packaging it in freezer safe 2 quart containers. These can then be re used the next month. Something like this works great:
-I personally find it easier to use a Crock Pot especially when making a large quantity. The soup just tastes better when it has a chance to slow cook all day. If you don’t have a crock pot you need one asap! (affiliate link)
-Decide on a date and time to meet and exchange your soups. We chose a Sunday afternoon and somehow that turned into a happy hour of sorts. It was so much fun that I forgot to take pictures.
-Make sure you have room in your fridge or ask everyone to bring along small coolers or bags to store the soup in while you are chatting away.
-Everyone leaves with 4 other soups to freeze and use throughout the next few weeks. Luckily my boys had no interest in my soup so I was able to enjoy them all myself.
-Ask everyone to include and ingredient list and any re heating instructions. Some garnishes etc are better left on the side. I provided an avocado and some home made chips on the side of my Veggie Tortilla Soup.
-Your friends do not have to be bloggers or even really great cooks to join your Soup Club. Soup is something that most people can make even if they “don’t cook”.
-Our first exchange went so well that we have already planned the next one. We will be doing our exchange once a month.
-As the months get colder, we will include stews and chili etc. The possibilities are endless really so no chance of anyone getting bored.
-We did not have members post their soup choices in advance but that is probably a good idea so that you don’t end up with 5 tomato soups etc.
What do you think about the Soup Club? Would you start one with your friends and family?
Don’t forget to hop on over to Nicole’s blog today too!