What is a Soup Swap?
A soup swap is when friends, family, neighbors or even organizations get together and share in a meal of homemade soup. Each person brings a pot of soup and at the end of the meal, everyone exchanges bags or containers of soup. The idea is to help everyone fill their freezers with many different soups to help get through the cold winter months.
Soup Swaps can be done in many different ways.
- Soup Tasting: Some swaps have a soup tasting before exchanging the soup so you can see which soups you like the best.
- Organization Soup Swaps: Organizations that are making money for a charity or two will actually sale jars of homemade canned soup and bowl of piping hot soup and crackers for patrons to eat. Organization members will swap pint jars of soup once the charity event is over.
- Family Soup Swaps: Families who have soup swaps will sometimes pre-freeze quart size bags and exchange those after the meal. The person who invites the guests is usually the only one that cook a hot pot of soup with homemade bread or side sandwiches (see types of sandwiches) to share at a sit down meal. Don't forget- there are dessert soups too!
- Neighborhood Soup Swaps: Some swaps have everyone bring a crockpot of soup to plug in and stay hot on the table. The table will be full of many different kinds of soup. Everyone is then free to eat, bag and keep 6 quarts (or pints) of soup each. (the take home number depends on how many pots of soup their are) plus the host usually provides the containers or bags so everyone get an equal share.
- Show & Tell Soup Swap: Everyone sits around a table with their own pot of soup in front of them. Each person takes turns giving the name of their soup and passing out a taste cup to each person along with a recipe card. Then the person tells the history of the soup along with any other soup information. (like a cooking tip, storage tip, a favorite soup memory or anything else) It's very common for recipes from Traditional Regional Soups from around the world to be served at show and tell soup swaps because the country and soups history is so interesting.
It doesn't really matter which way you decide to have a soup swap at all. Just pull out those cookbooks, pots and get started cooking! Bring your homemade soup, freezer bags or storage containers and have a great time!
Happy Soup Swap Holiday everyone!
The United States has such a great love for soup that the whole month of January is National Soup Month! Yes this is a U.S. holiday but we have found in our research that many other countries and joining in on the fun of having soup swaps too.
So much soup is cooked during the month of January and during the cold winter season until the public naturally started having soup swaps all over the place. Many different organizations, clubs and churches make it a traditional event each and every year to have a soup swap to raise money for a good cause. Communities have soup swap each winter just as an excuse to get together, eat, trade new soup recipes and catch up on the latest news.
Our calendar first had a Movable Holiday called Soup Swap "DAY," but our research shows that because the date changes from year to year, it's hard to keep up with just when this Food Holiday is. Many times we find that we have missed this popular holiday. Due to this, the public has claimed the whole month of January as a good time for a soup swap. Calendar Sites are now listing the whole month of January as National Soup Swap Month and organization, churches and clubs who celebrate this holiday will simply advertise the date of their own "Soup Swap Day."
Origin of this Holiday
Our research did not find the first creator, or the origin of this day.
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day- However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate.
So enjoy the day and have fun with it.
We found recognition about this holiday from:
calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday. If you do an Internet search for "soup swap" you will find a huge list of of hometowns, schools, girlscouts, college clubs, ladies clubs, Sunday school classes, fire stations, women's organizations and you name it, that advertise when they are having soup swaps. We even found a soup swap blog at www.soupswap.com/blog/. All of these links will give you great ideas on how to host a soup swap and even a few good recipes and storage tips too!
How can I celebrate this holiday:
- Soup Recipes: This holiday requires some great soup recipes to pick and choose from. You can even search through Types of Soups to find a certain type of soup or you can search through our list of Traditional Regional Soups from around the world.
Other Food Related Holidays around the world
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When is this holiday celebrated?
Soup Swap Month is celebrated the whole month of January in the United States!
The word soup originates from "sop", a dish originally consisting of a soup or thick stew which was soaked up with pieces of bread.
Other Soup Holidays in our Calendar