A new survey has indicated that many Brits lack the confidence to cook meals by themselves, with just one in four now prepared entirely from scratch.
Research from appliance manufacturer Kenwood found 16 per cent of men admitted to feeling they were somewhat lacking in culinary skills, as opposed to 12 per cent of women. The study also found that home cooking has fallen by 30 per cent since the 1980s.
“It's a great shame to discover the extent to which cooking from scratch is on the decline. Such a drop is having a huge effect on our cookery confidence and ability in the UK,” said Kenwood marketing director Mark Swift.
Culinary confidence was found to be in particularly short supply among the under 35s, while one in seven said they did not feel they had the ability to prepare a meal on their own. Mr Swift pointed out that cooking can help combat everyday stress as well as making it easier to pass on good eating habits to children.
Earlier this week, a report from the Irish Times noted that consumers had increasingly adopted a ‘make-do-and-mend’ mentality, opting to repair old household appliances rather than splash out on new ones.