Food Swap Hohhot
I think we all like to eat tasty, homemade treats. But, making those treats takes extra shopping time, extra preparation time, and at times, special skills to really nail the taste of home.
I’d like to start something a group of folks did in my hometown (Oklahoma City). Each month participants had a food swap. You make extra of whatever deliciousness you are making, and you get to trade with others for their deliciousness.
Here’s what I propose for Foodswap Hohhot:
- Anyone can participate. You need to sign up in advance so we know how many items to bring. (Ten participants means you bring (and receive) nine items). If registration exceeds ten we’ll group into smaller groups for the exchange.
- Items need to be properly packaged and labeled with storage instructions and expiration or other pertinent information.
- Use the best quality ingredients you can find.
- Items must be homemade
Some suggestions of types of items to bring:
- sauces, dressings, salsas, etc
- flavored butters, cheeses, yogurt
- jams, jelly, other homemade canned goods
- baked goods
- cereals, granola, etc
- other delicious items that may be hard to acquire or make in Hohhot.
A portion should have 4-6 servings.
The first swap will take place in early May, perhaps at the return of the EXPAT EXCHANGE. Iif you plan to participate, you must register at least a week ahead of time for planning purposes. We’ll keep you posted on the exact date of the exchange.
For our very first swap, we are going to keep it simple while we work out all of the details. We are going to do even trades. For example, if ten swappers are participating, each should bring 9 items to trade. We also don’t want any of your hard work to go to waste, so if you have any dietary restrictions, etc. that would keep you from using any of the goods, we ask that you either give it to someone that you know would enjoy it or leave it at the swap with no hurt feelings.
Also, we hope everyone will participate with a kind and generous heart instead of having a critical attitude about the portion sizes, expense, or personal dislike of an item brought by another participant.
Here’e a link to other suggestions from the event in Oklahoma. You’ll need a VPN to access it. Many of the swapped items wouldn’t be feasible here, but just some ideas to get your creative cooking juices flowing.