What happened? Only 1 in 5 Aussies cook from scratch every week 113



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Australians love being in the kitchen, right? Well actually, we don’t. Although we love to say we cook, a new survey has found that just 20 per cent of us cook from scratch more than twice a week.

Mobile takeaway service Menulog surveyed Australians from 18-60 about their cooking habits and the results weren’t very inspiring.

84 per cent of South Australians, 80 per cent of Queenslanders, and 73 per cent of people in NSW believe they are great in the kitchen, but can’t actually back it up with evidence!

Gone are the good old days of mum’s kitchen with fresh ingredients – just 1 in 5 people cook with raw ingredients. And it seems us from the other generation are doing all the heavy lifting when it comes to the cooking – over 55s are more eager to cook a hearty meal that isn’t served from a jar or frozen box.

“The reality is that takeaway is seen as a quick option that’s easier than cooking from scratch, say Menulog, no doubt great news for them.

“The quality of takeaway food on offer from our 5000-plus participating restaurants is high. Takeaway is a viable, reasonably priced option that often takes the place of cooking a whole meal from scratch.

‘This is particularly true for many younger Australians who have busy lives and who don’t have the time or inclination to cook”, reports the Daily Mail.

But is that really an excuse? With ALDI just being awarded Australia’s cheapest supermarket, it’s clear that you can still buy the ingredients to make your own meals, and for a much lower cost.

It makes one wonder where the love of cooking went. Should we have encouraged our children and grandchildren to get their hands dirty more often?


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  1. Little children don’t go to take away places by themselves .adults take them . Take away is fine on a special occasion. . Sorry for somr families who’s time have been eroded by working hours.

  2. Still cook every day from scratch and my kids do too …. They mostly have one day a week off. Do enjoy brunch out occasionally though.

  3. Living in a small town you don’t have much choice. No Maccas or Hungry Jacks or Red Rooster or KFC or Pizza Hut or any of those places. We have a couple of local fish and chip places but they are usually closed.by 6 pm.
    So it’s cook or starve.
    Though must admit that I do buy a lot of frozen easy meals as it works out cheaper than buying veggies and meat and cooking from scratch.
    $5 for a meal of meat and veggies and 6 minutes in the microwave. Can’t cook it for that price.

  4. I akways cooked for our family so that wasnt the way they were brought up its just such a busy world today and everything is made mire convenient but why is it our fault its just thecway it is !

  5. I cook everything from scratch including my baking. My daughters-in-laws both work but cook from sctatch. My grandaughters cook from scratch with help from the little ones. My single son is an amazing cook and posts his dinner creations to Facebook. Two of my three sons did cooking and sewing at high school and used to help the teacher give assistance to the girls. My other son married the best cook going. He does the cleaning up to show his appreciation. 🙂

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    • I brought my sons up to not be useless males. They all learnt to cook and sew. They can all make a bed and iron better than me because they are or were in the ADF. They were taught from an early age to be independant and were expected to make their own bed. I wasn’t a slave driver; I just expected them to pull their weight.

  6. My family all still cook from scratch most nights. It’s said that it’s the fast paced long working hours type of life that makes people use pre-packaged meals or buy take-away! There are plenty of meals that can be cooked from scratch in 30 mins, that’s pretty quick and they contain no or very little preservatives.

  7. I agree. Not too many people I know cook too much. Take aways are the popular meals, but definitely not healthy.

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