Perfecting The Southern Tradition Of The Dropped Off Meal

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It’s a tradition in the South to deliver a casserole or dish to new neighbors, a family with a new born, or a family going through rough waters. It’s nice and neighborly, but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming for the receiving family already overwhelmed by circumstance.

So that the family receiving the meals doesn’t get overwhelmed by too many meals on one night or something that they can’t eat, here are some awesome tips to perfecting this neighborly Southern tradition.

First of all, you should drop off a real meal. Don’t just grab a bunch of groceries and leave the work to the family. Either cook a casserole or dish that is ready to eat or buy a frozen meal that can be easily popped in the oven. This takes the work off the family.

Secondly, always communicate with the family that you’re bringing them a meal. You don’t want to be one of five casseroles dropped off in one night. There are some great websites where you can sign up to bring a meal on a calendar. Check out Food Tidings.com, Meal Baby.com, and Take Them A Meal.com.

Also you should remember, make sure the family knows what your meal is. It’s important to communicate what your dish is or what is in it just in case there are food preference or meal allergy issues.

Lastly, make sure your dish is something you’re willing to part with. Don’t deliver a meal in your best casserole dish and expect to get it right back. You also don’t want to burden the family with a dish they can’t remember who it belongs to. Tupperware or those clear and blue ziplock bowls come in casserole sizes that are perfect for dish delivery.

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