Nation’s eating habits change radically with more dishes cooked from scratch

Home cooks are creating more meals from scratch using fresh ingredients as the nation’s eating habits change after the pandemic.

Kitchen appliance specialist Cuisinart undertook extensive research into the UK’s dining, and shopping patterns after more than a year of changes.

Families are making more time for meals, with almost one third preparing dishes themselves at least four times a week. The research also shows twice the number of 18-24 year-olds learning new kitchen skills, compared to over 50s, while a third of 18-24-year-olds now claim they’ve started to plan their meals in advance.

The dinner party is back. Across the nation home cooks are eager to welcome friends and family home again, to indulge in crowd pleasing classics, and even test out a few newly-perfected recipes.

With 89 per cent of the nation having mastered at least one new recipe since the start of the pandemic, it’s little surprise that a quarter of home cooks are happy to experiment when entertaining.

Almost two thirds of those polled, now actively cook from scratch using freshly bought ingredients with a healthier approach to mealtimes. Chicken is the nation’s go-to dish for entertaining, but midweek meals can be a little-less inspiring in some parts of the country.

Beans on toast is a tasty option for 20 per cent of those polled in Birmingham, with just two per cent in Glasgow choosing that as a top mid-week meal.

With a focus on delicious ingredients simply prepared, it’s no wonder Italian cooking remains the UK’s favourite international cuisine.

While bolognese and curry remain favourite recipes, the UK is starting to demand more from mealtimes, with an overwhelming desire to create a range of healthy, satisfying dishes bursting with flavour.

Spaghetti bolognese is the country’s overall favourite dish to prepare during the week, but those in the northeast and Birmingham prefer a home cooked curry.

The Cuisinart study stated: “In summary, the nation is wanting to adopt different approaches when it comes to eating and cooking with the flexitarian approach becoming more prominent and healthy eating still being top of our agenda.”

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