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28 Percent of Americans Can’t Cook

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A cook sautees onions and peppers.

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This is not surprising in this era of fast foods, take-out foods, and convenience processed foods.  A new survey finds that eating at home is one of the surest ways to help you eat healthier.  But in the same survey of 1087 people, 28% of Americans said they don’t know how to cook.  What are their reasons?

  • More than half of them said a spouse or partner does the cooking.
  • 25% said they hate cleaning up the kitchen afterward.
  • 21% say they don’t have the time.
  • 65% say that going to the supermarket was too time consuming.

What does this say about our society?  We watch cooking shows by the hours and we have become cooking-watchers, not participators. We are food-obsessed but are not in control of our food choices.  How did this happen?  Have we lost our cooking gene?

We have known for quite a while that food preparation and purchasing skills have been stripped from school curricula – what ever happened to home economics?  But is this enough?  Children need to learn proper cooking skills starting in elementary schools and learning where our food comes from.  Generations of adults have already left education without learning to cook at school or at home and now think that all food come in a package.  It’s no wonder that we’re unhealthy and a lot of us are overweight.

If you are cooking challenged:

  • Start simple- buy a cookbook that uses only 3-5 ingredients.
  • Read magazines such as Real Simple that usually promote simple meals.
  • Shop with a list to cut down supermarket time.
  • Cook one-pot meals to cut down kitchen cleanup.
  • Attend cooking demonstrations – they’re fun and you get to sample real foods.

Bon appétit!!!

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