Cooking Skills May Be At Risk Of Not Passing To The Next Generation


Cooking may be at risk of not being passed down from one generation to the next, according to a survey conducted by parenting network Mumsnet.

The questionnaire found that a high percentage of parents weren’t comfortable in the kitchen and spent little to no time cooking with their children. Another quarter of parents reported that they were not confident using leftovers to make another meal without a recipe.

Many simply noted that the speed of preparation was most important in regard to food and that they were often too busy to cook. Furthermore, the likelihood of food being eaten was also taken into account, suggesting that appetite and preference took priority.

Noting the decline in culinary skills as a problem, the Love Food Hate Waste campaign has set out to try and change that statistic in the UK. According to the organization, almost $20 million in food and drink are thrown away from UK homes alone each year.

Love Food Hate Waste launched a campaign against the lost art of cooking called “Save More”, which includes a skills pack to help parents budget, plan and portion in the kitchen while saving money. The pack is available to download from the organization’s website.

Next year, the campaign will also include free cooking classes in 10 different UK cities.

“Most of us lack the time to build [cooking skills] up, leading to a lack of confidence in the kitchen,” Emma Marsh, head of the organization, said. “Our range of tools and guidance on now enhanced by our new Save More initiative are designed to increase everyone’s skills, knowledge and confidence.”

Marsh said the campaign will ensure that cooking skills can be passed on to the next generation.

Source: Gloucester Citizen


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