So last week, I mentioned that my Soup Club was about to start up again and I got lots of questions about how it works. So today I am going to give you all the details to need on How To Start A Soup Club of your own.
Why did I start my Soup Club?
We are runners and when we aren’t eating we are talking about food and cooking and fueling for running. Throw in the fact that we are all super busy moms it just seems like a natural fit. That’s how Soup Club was born!
How does it work?
We have a group of 10-12 friends who are divided into 2 groups of 4-6. There will always be one or two that can’t make it. We are divided into “vegetarian” and “non-vegetarian”. Some people rotate between the two groups.
Each person will prepare a soup to give to the other 3-4 people in their group. We meet up once a month to swap soups with the other people in our group. Everyone uses the same size containers ( 1 quart) that can be frozen or used right away. The next month you come back with the same containers recycled with the new soups.
Each person arrives with their soups, recipes and any special instructions. Everyone leaves with 3-4 soups for the week.
How to start a soup club?
Start off by inviting 8-12 friends to join your club. As I mentioned, it’s nice to have some alternates. I have found cooking for 3-4 other people to be the optimal number for each group. Each person makes soup in the same size (1 quart) container that can be frozen and also is reused the following month. No need to get the containers back to the cook, we just reuse them. These work really well.
Next, determine if there are any food allergies or dietary concerns and make sure that everyone is aware of them. We have 2 groups “vegetarian” and “non-vegetarian” which works perfectly for us and also allows some people to switch back and forth between the two.
Set a definite date so that people can commit. We do ours on the first Sunday of the month in the late afternoon. We ask everyone to bring a printed copy of their recipe and any specific reheating instructions.
I suggest starting a FB messenger group with your soup participants so that people can ask questions and share their recipe ideas beforehand. Emails tend to get lost and confusing when you have so many people on a chain and the FB group seems to work best for us.
A few of my past favorite soups:
Tell me-What do think? Ready to start your own Soup Club?