Nation rediscovers the Joys of Home Cooking

One in five households are now preparing their meals from scratch, compared to just one in eight families before the UK lockdown started.

A study, commissioned by Tesco of 2,000 adults, found that over 50% of them have been experimenting with additional ingredients in their recipes since the stay at home measures were introduced and the average household now spends nearly seven hours a week cooking their food — compared to just six hours previously.

There is good news for anyone concerned with food wastage, as 35% of us are getting better at using our leftovers to create new recipes, meaning less food is being wasted.

It seems the kitchen is once again becoming the heart of the home with a quarter of families spending more time cooking and baking together. A third of the adults surveyed have said mealtimes have become more of an occasion and as a result two-fifths of respondents admit to enjoying cooking more than they did before.

Alessandra Bellini, chief customer officer at Tesco, said: “We’ve been celebrating Food Love Stories — the food people love to make, for the people they love — for more than three years. So, during these uncertain times, it is really encouraging to see people turning to cooking to help bring them closer to family and friends, be that in real life or virtually.”

“While we may not all be able to physically be together at the moment, many are finding comfort in cooking and we are delighted to see how families are coming together.”

It also appears that Mum’s The Word when it comes to cooking, with 28% saying they are influenced by their mother.  12% of us are inspired by celebrity chefs and 11% of us turn to social media for ideas for dishes to cook at home.

With childhood obesity becoming an increasing issue across the UK, the survey has some encouraging news for a healthier generation of youngsters too. 40% of adults said that their kids have show an increased interest in cooking during the lockdown. A further 46% of children have been more actively involved in the preparation of food, learning important life skills along the way.

Families are also making more of mealtimes with more than a third of youngsters eating at the table more frequently than before the lockdown.