Soups, Stews, and Chilis Recipe Challenge

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Bowls of chiliYou have just made your famous soup, stew, or chili recipe. Now is the perfect time to share a photo and your recipe in the Soups, Stews, and Chili’s Recipe Challenge. You will be entered into a drawing to win a prize.

There are three ways to enter the Soups, Stews, and Chilis recipe challenge:

  1. Post your favorite soup, stew, or chili recipe on the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Swain County’s Facebook “Soups, Stews and Chilis Recipe Challenge” post.
  2. Mail your favorite soup, stew, or chili recipe to:
    N.C. Cooperative Extension of Swain County
    60 Almond School Rd.
    Bryson City, NC 28713
  3. Email your favorite soup, chili, stew recipe to

Entries are due on Thursday, February 25, 2021, but you can submit them any time before then. Photographs are optional, but we enjoy seeing the finished product.

Here are a few tips when preparing soups, stews, and chilis:

  • When you make a large batch of soup, stew, or chili, you will probably have some leftovers to enjoy later. Avoid letting soup set at room temperature for more than two hours.
  • Don’t put a large pot of hot soup directly into your refrigerator. It will take a large pot of steaming soup a long time to cool to a safe temperature to be safe.
  • To speed cooling, transfer soup to a small, shallow containers, making sure it’s no more than two inches deep. Refrigerate promptly.
  • When serving soup, stews, or chilis for a second time, reheat until it’s hot throughout, at least 165°F.
  • Plan to eat leftovers within 3-4 days or freeze for longer storage.
  • Plan to eat frozen soup within 2 to 3 months for best quality.

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