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How to Make a Soup Basket
Making a soup basket can be easy and fun. These kind of baskets can be given to an individual, couple or presented as a lovely family gift.
A soup basket can be created to fit any kind of celebration along with being a nice get well gift or hostess gift.
They're not just for the cold weather months, either. You can modify the contents of the basket to work in warm weather months as well. I personally love soup and eat it year round. Ready to get started?
Making a Gift Basket
Start with an empty basket. I suggest buying a simple one. If you want to go fancier, you can always add some basket decorations yourself.
The size of the basket should reflect how big you want the gift to be. You want to be sure to be able to get at least a few items into the basket and have them displayed nicely.
Add some ribbons or bows to make it festive. I usually find some good deals at places like dollar type stores or department stores like Walmart. However, I do have some available for order below.
Basket photo by Xandert at morgueFile.
Baskets for Sale
These baskets can all be found on Amazon. If you see one you like, click on it to get further information.
Be sure to pick a basket that will hold what you plan to put in.
Check out this unique design.
Empty Baskets for Gifts
Of course the most important ingredient to go into the basket is soup. If on a tight budget, I suggest looking into a store like Goodwill for a used basket, then filling the basket with some cans of soup, along with crackers and other treats.
Be sure to include some type of popular, favorite soup such as chicken noodle, vegetable, tomato or cream of mushroom.
Soup photo by Davi Cheng at morgueFile.
Soup mixes are usually pretty easy to prepare. Many only require the addition of water. In some cases, you can also add fresh ingredients.
Although you can buy canned, I've found that quite often the soups mixes taste better. I suggest at least one common, popular soup, but then consider also going with something a little more gourmet.
An assortment can work nicely in a basket.
Knorr is a popular brand.
Favorite Soup Poll
What is your favorite kind of soup?
Crackers for Soup
Of course, tossing some crackers in is a must! My suggestions include Triscuits, Ritz, Carrs, Oyster crackers and Cheez-It.
Be sure to check out the various flavors that are offered. (I happen to love the Triscuit Roasted Garlic crackers.) If you want to take this a step further, add some cheese spread.
Crackers photo by jdurham at morgueFile.
Cheese and Cracker Snacks
Of course, you can always order some crackers that would be great to add to a soup basket. Be sure to pick something you also like so what you don't put in the basket, you can enjoy at home.
How about a cookbook?
If the person you're giving the basket to really loves soup and enjoys making it, consider including a new soup cookbook. This one should keep someone busy for awhile. It has a wonderful assortment of soups, chowders and broths, along with recipes for cold soups which can help you cool off on a hot summer's day.
This cookbook is available through eBay. If you bid, don't forget to check back.
I always like to include some kind of a dessert or treat when I make a basket.
Two of my favorites to include are some kind of a cookie wafers or a little bit of chocolate. My favorite are truffles. After dinner type mints can also go well in the basket.
Dessert photo by beglib at morgueFile.
Chocolate Candy for Gift Basket
In case you like truffles, too.
Are you a soup lover?
Gift Basket Items
At this point, it's up to you how simple or elaborate you want to be. If there's room, you might want to include soup bowls and spoons.
If the person the basket is intended for enjoys making homemade soup, then consider adding a new crock pot. I make most of my soups this way. I put everything together in the morning, then come dinner time I'm all set. You might even add some of your favorite soup recipes.
Soup photo by wax115 at morgueFile.
Crock Pots for Sale
One of my favorite ways to make soup is in a Crock Pot. The slow cooking really lets the flavors come through.
If you prefer, here are some ready made baskets.
Soup Gift Baskets
Soup, tea, gourmet chocolate chip cookies, crackers and much more.
Healthy and handsome looking at the same time.
Did you know that soup has been prescribed for ailments since ancient times?