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Gmaine Aug 17, 2011 07:16 PM

Anyone been to a "Food Swap" yet?

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  1. chefathome RE: Gmaine Aug 17, 2011 07:29 PM

    No but I would love to! Have you?

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      Gmaine RE: chefathome Aug 18, 2011 08:48 AM

      Haven't been to one yet, never even heard of a "Food Swap" until a few days ago :) Might check one out this coming Saturday.

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        chefathome RE: Gmaine Aug 18, 2011 08:04 PM

        I would love to hear all about it. Can you report back, please? Lots of delicious details!

    2. BananaBirkLarsen RE: Gmaine Aug 18, 2011 01:45 AM

      When I was little, my parents used to be part of a Cookie Swap. I remember enjoying the cookies.

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        Gmaine RE: BananaBirkLarsen Aug 18, 2011 07:14 PM

        Cookie swaps have been around a long time, usually you'll find them taking place during the christmas holidays. Love a good cookie swap!

      2. CindyJ RE: Gmaine Aug 19, 2011 05:57 AM

        What, exactly, is a food swap?

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          lcool RE: CindyJ Aug 19, 2011 08:30 AM

          me to

          and how is it kept ?equitable? if that'a the right word

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            Gmaine RE: CindyJ Aug 20, 2011 08:16 AM

            The way I'm understanding it is that I show up at a food swap with 1 dozen jars of say Lemon Curd whic I have made. I put everything out on a table plus a open jar so people can have a sample before offering what ever they have to swap. Not sure what happens if I'm not interested in what they brought to trade.
            People bring anything from home grown produce, salsas, pies, cookies, stews, etc. etc.

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              CindyJ RE: Gmaine Aug 20, 2011 10:06 AM

              And the exchanges are 1-for-1?

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                Gmaine RE: CindyJ Aug 22, 2011 08:40 PM

                Not sure what the "exchange rate" is, good question. Maybe we'll hear from someone who's been to one.
                Missed one last Saturday and I'm going to be out of town for the one next month so it looks like it might be awhile before I get to one to see how it works.

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            hungryjoanne RE: Gmaine Aug 19, 2011 10:37 AM

            No, but I'm planning on hosting a soup swap this winter
            looking forward to hearing about any other experiences.

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              CindyJ RE: hungryjoanne Aug 19, 2011 01:34 PM

              So in other words, everyone would bring X-number of pint/quart containers of soup to the event, and leave with that number of containers that others have brought?

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              mvi RE: Gmaine Sep 27, 2011 02:03 PM

              I am going to my first Food Swap in Boston in about two weeks so I thought I'd bump this up to see if anyone has any new insights. I think I know what I am bringing (big bags of my granola and some of my vegan sweets) but am still not clear on how the process works. If anyone has been to one, I'd love to hear about it- what to expect, what to bring, etc.

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                sandiasingh RE: mvi Apr 11, 2012 07:37 AM

                How did the Boston Food Swap go?

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                  mvi RE: sandiasingh Apr 11, 2012 09:07 AM

                  Sadly, I was unable to go but am going to the next one and will report in. Have you been?

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                    sandiasingh RE: mvi Apr 16, 2012 04:04 PM

                    No. Don't know if we have one here in the Sanya Fe area but will check it out.

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                HillJ RE: Gmaine Apr 11, 2012 09:21 AM

                I run two food swaps; one with friends & neighbors and one with colleagues.
                It's a one for one swap and we jar with that in mind. A swap list is emailed out well in advance of the event and the sample table contains one jar of each item being offered (along with a few other goodies to round out the fun meal). The day ends with us leaving with our swaps and any of our own leftovers not taken....and recipes!

                Jars last time included pickled vegetables, jams and jellies, curds, oils, vinegars, cocktail mixers, cooked fruit, spreads and spice mixes.

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                  gingershelley RE: HillJ Apr 11, 2012 10:13 AM

                  That is such a good idea! I am a canner, so this would be right up my alley. I will have to look around for a local one, and report back.

                2. PotatoHouse RE: Gmaine Apr 11, 2012 12:01 PM

                  My wife was part of a cookie swap at work (guess who was responsible for baking the cookies...) They were told to put X number of cookies in each baggie and bring X number of baggies (one baggie per participant) and the baggies were split up and doled out.

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