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Soup kitchen cookery - large quantity recipes, cheap and delicious

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Soup kitchen cookery - large quantity recipes, cheap and delicious

Nyleve | Jan 30, 2011 07:20 AM

I volunteer at a soup kitchen once a week. I started another thread yesterday, asking for a recipe for a large-quantity cheesecake because I have all the ingredients to make it for my Tuesday shift. It occurred to me that other C-Hounds may be doing similar things - I got one reply asking me to report on my cheesecake results from someone who also volunteers at a similar place. Got me thinking we should share these recipes. It's a challenge - we call it the Soup Kitchen Iron Chef - to make something out of whatever weird ingredients happen to have been donated on any given week. Sometimes we get huge amounts of unlikely things - red peppers, mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, frozen cranberries - and we have to figure out how to use them before they go to waste. There is rarely any meat, so sometimes the volunteers will actually split the cost of something on sale so that we can serve a meat main dish - usually it's hamburger (to make a pasta casserole) or a big pork roast (to slice and serve). We do a lot of prep at home - partially cooking a big vat of soup to finish at the kitchen or throwing together a casserole of some sort to bake on site.

Would love to share ideas and recipes with others who do similar things. It can be really hard to figure out how to make something delicious out of food bank donations.

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