How to arrange a Supper Swap

Busy mom and author, Trish Berg shares advice on how to save time and money by starting a supper swap with friends.

Trish shows off her cook book The Great American Super Swap.

Supper Swap

Trish shows off her cook book The Great American Super Swap. Photo by Teri Weaver

Supper Swap

Supper Swap

Cook in quantity and deliver; then enjoy the nights when supper's prepared by others in the supper swap. Photo by: Mike Agliolo

 

By Trish Berg, Dalton, Ohio

Mom and author Trish Berg formed a cooking co-op super swap with friends to stretch their families food budgets. Here are her top tips on how to throw a supper swap in your community.

  • Start with who you know. Ask a friend, neighbor or coworker to try supper swapping for a month. After the trial period, see how the group is working.
  • Plan 3-month menus. Put together a meal schedule in advance and prepare a menu calendar with a copy for each family to post.
  • Go with family favorites. Begin by making tried-and-true dishes your own clan enjoys. Slowly work in new recipes.
  • Adapt delivery times. Each group member can deliver at a time that works best for her. Same-evening deliveries should have food cooked and ready to eat. Advance deliveries can be uncooked with baking instructions attached.
  • Avoid pan-demonium. Use durable baking dishes and rotate them through the group. Don’t expect to get the same containers back every time.
  • Honesty tastes best. Be up-front about your family’s food likes, dislikes and allergies.
  • Be flexible. If you can’t cook on your designated date, try trading with another group member. If it’s too late, you can always have pizzas delivered!
  • Accept change. Supper swap groups will likely have members come and go. Ask participants to give a month’s notice before they leave.

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