Permanent Soup Bread Bowl

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Introduction: Permanent Soup Bread Bowl

I just love to serve soup in a bread bowl. I make a chowder a few times a week and really enjoy serving it to my many guests in a bowl made of bread. Rather than buy a whole loaf of bread for each and every serving, I wanted to make some permanent bread bowls that I could use time after time. It's the perfect solution for me, you must understand. And just think of all the calories I'll be saving my guests by keeping them from all that unwanted bread - I love you Mr. Atkins!

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Step 1: Find a Great Fake Piece of Bread

I went to a great little holiday store and picked out a nice loaf of fake bread. It looked so real it was hard to remember not to eat it on my way home, I had to keep reminding myself that it was made of foam. Oops!

While I was out of the house working on my tan, I swung by the craft store and bought a razor blade, a pen and some straight pins.

The last thing I needed was a small bowl that would easily fit inside of my permanent bread bowl. I picked that up at the Goodwill shop and made it home in time for WWF, I do love that Owen Heart.

Step 2: Prepare for Surgery, Yes Please!

I used the pen, but mostly the pins, to mark out where to cut the foam. I learned the pin method just a little while ago from this https://www.instructables.com/id/Precision_Pumpkin_Carving/ project. Thanks pumpkin carvers for teaching me something.

Step 3: It Cuts Like a Knife

I used the razor blade - careful fingers! - to cut along my line and pop the top of the bread bowl off. Cutting in multiple passes seemed to work best for me. I'm so impatient.

Step 4: Remove the Top

I removed the top and then picked out enough foam with my fingers so that the bowl fit in.

Step 5: I Made More for My Guests

I repeated the process twelve times and then served it to my guests at this weeks chowder dinner. I hope you enjoyed my project. This is my first post!

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    13 Discussions

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    lindaccookie
    lindaccookie

    9 years ago on Step 5

    i love your bowl how hard are they to clean when the soup gets on the foam??/

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    bwvalentine
    bwvalentine

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Not sure I understand the point of a bread bowl if you don't eat it. Either way this is interesting.

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    UltraViolence
    UltraViolence

    11 years ago on Introduction

    This is an interesting idea, but I don't understand the point of a bread bowl if you don't plan on eating the bread.

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    freakshow17
    freakshow17

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I think eating foam bits in your soup has tremendous benefits. You just may get to hang out with Jesus much earlier than he has planned for you. You could show up early. Remember early is good, on time is late. And Jesus loves surprises.

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    RyuuKasai
    RyuuKasai

    11 years ago on Introduction

    You probably already did this, but you'll want to keep in mind the type of foam you're using. Foam is essentially a bunch of nasty chemicals mixed together, and when cut or heated it can release some unhealthy fumes and chemicals. It's why you're not supposed to melt Styrofoam cups... bad for the brain cells. All criticism aside, this is a neat project. Very creative.

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    c0lin
    c0lin

    11 years ago on Introduction

    You could laminate the bowl to prevent people from eating the foam.

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    ironsmiter
    ironsmiter

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Wanting to make it "Real" real? instead of using the black bowl..... give it a few layers of epoxy? ;-) just make sure it's food grade epoxy.

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    jeff-o
    jeff-o

    11 years ago on Step 2

    Heh, you're welcome. I'm glad to see it works equally well on fake bread! ;)

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    jeff-o
    jeff-o

    11 years ago on Introduction

    But... I love eating the bowl! Carb me up! Seriously though, very neat. :)

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    8bit
    8bit

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Do you have a recipie for a good chowder?

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    EaglesNest
    EaglesNest

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Can the foam be washed off afterwards (and reused)? It looks like the soup is slopping onto the sides of the foam.

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    ItsJeremy
    ItsJeremy

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Creative. Granted, I love a good bread bowl (made of edible bread) but this is definitely a neat project.