Food Jar Stamp is ideal for anyone making foodie gifts like jam, chutney or oil. The first two lines read’ from the kitche noff and then the next two lines are in a choice of 2 fonts, with a maximum of 15 characters for each line of text. You can also add up to 2 black ink pads to your order.
Would you like to know how to arrange a food swap? In these modern times, food swaps are all the rage, as they are a great way to keep to a budget, and help your community to feed people and avoid food waste. Food swaps simply involve batch-cooking, then swapping meals.
Vegan Lemon Loaf Cake (Minimalist Baker)
Food swaps are usually held at someone’s house, and work really the same as a fashion swap. It’s a great way to gather some community spirit too. Would you rather make a new recipe then share it with others, or wheel your trolley down some faceless supermarket aisle?
Of course, with food swaps we’re getting into legal stuff here. But because there is no money involved, it’s usually fine. But you do of course have to be careful with allergies. If someone is allergic to nuts (or anything else), it’s not a good idea to participate, due to the risks of cross-contamination. You don’t have to make it all about big pots of stew. You could start off small, say by making small snacks.
If you want to know more how it works, head over to Chicago Food Swap, which is one of the best-run in the world (the founder’s book is below). Their swap is held every month or two and takes around 2 hours. People bring everything: cakes and cookies, jams and jellies, homemade pickles, all labelled with instructions preparation and cooking. The first hour is spent chatting and looking, then visitors bid on items, and give something in return. It’ taken on trust for good hygiene, no money exchange is allowed.
The other alternative is to form a batch cook club. You simply get a crowd together, and then make some recipes that serve lots of people. Everything is frozen and divided into pots, then you get together and swap them for things that others have made. Say you had 7 people do this, you could in theory get a freshly cooked meal each week, and only have to make one of them yourself. To make this work, you’ll need to find some cookbooks with lots of servings. Try restaurant books.
How to Arrange a Food Swap
Avoid certain foods (green veggies, grapefruit) with some medicines. Avoid nuts, seeds and nut/seed butters for young children. Cut carrot sticks/veggie hot dogs lengthwise and again, to avoid choking. Choose palm-oil-free vegan butters. See toxic foods to keep away from pets.
- Food Swap is a how-to guide to swap artisan items and make recipes. Emily Paster is co-founder of the world’s biggest food swap. The recipes are not all vegan but some are, and the book is mostly a manual, although it does include recipes for green tomato salsa and apricot jalapeño jelly. Learn how to package items, make gift tags and set up a food swap in your community. Includes inspiring stories.
- The Professional Vegan Cookbook is by professional chef Brian McCarthy, who has cooked at The White House. His meals are for large servings such as restaurants, so these recipes are ideal for larger batch cooking clubs. Find 450 international inspired recipes.