Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Local food swapping club shares organic and homemade love
Mom just said not to play with your food. She didn't mention anything about swapping it.
Last week I joined the Taste the Honey Food Swappers in Dallas at their monthly food swap. And I scored some sweet and savory treats including the serrano salsa pictured below, some rhubarb jam, a yummy brioche and chocolate. If you have never been to a food swap before, I encourage you to visit this one in Dallas -– they meet monthly and post their meeting locations on Facebook -– or host your own.
The concept is very simple: bring food to swap with someone. Taste the Honey Food Swappers encourage participants to bring homegrown or homemade food. So if you have an extra bundle of tomatoes in your garden this summer, bring ‘em. Or if you have serrano peppers or ingredients for a simple cookie mix or extra somethings in your pantry, make something to share. And make it portable and something that may last a day or two. Don’t jar an already cooked casserole.
I made easy cracker cookies. I had peanut butter crackers, chocolate chips and almond bark in my pantry. Make sure to bring enough items to swap (four in this case) and make your selections presentable and tempting. I chose to wrap cookies in parchment paper rather than dropping them in quick zip lock bags. I also placed them on a serving tray. You don’t have to be a Crafty Christy or go out and buy mason jars, but do know that this is an opportunity to creatively present your food and your recipe. And remember to keep the same cleanliness standards in your preparation as you would expect someone else to keep. I provided samples for people to taste -– this is a must -– and we each took turns sampling everyone’s offerings, then we signed up for what we wanted and later we swapped. Not everyone who signs up for an item gets the item they want so make sure during the appointed swap time (which lasts about 30 seconds) you connect with the people who you really want to swap with.
And I really wanted the salsa! It is so good and I am still eating it. I signed up for multiple items (more than the four I brought to swap) and got what I wanted and all of my cookies were taken .
This Dallas event is hosted monthly at different locations and includes wine! This group asks for a $1 donation. And the location we were at this month, the Wine Therapist, offered swappers a discount on wine by the glass. Anyone can do this. A group of friends, a church group, strangers. If you want more information about food swapping, check out foodswapnetwork.com. And if your are swapping in Fort Worth, let me know! I am looking to visit a group in Tarrant County.
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