A RECENT survey revealed how many hours Americans spend on various household activities.
The kitchen, the survey of 2,000 people pointed out, is truly the heart of the home.
Made for Bosch Home Appliances by OnePoll, data revealed that Americans spend 400 hours a year in their kitchens.
That breaks down to about 67 daily minutes of cooking time, on average.
A total of 77% of respondents said they cooked with their family at least once a week when they were growing up.
This, according to the majority, was one of their favorite formative memories.
31% of lucky people said they do it every day.
Eating meals together as a family was something that made 37% smile, while 36% enjoyed learning to cook with loved ones.
A full three in ten enjoyed shopping and cleaning the kitchen with their family when they were younger.
The survey asked respondents about their childhood homes to better understand the impact of families on later relationships with cooking.
The results revealed that after mum (58%), dad (57%) and siblings (51%), respondents also lived alongside their grandmother (34%), cousins (32%) and grandfather (31%) during their transition to adulthood.
Having a multi-generational home had a big impact on many of their fondest memories, with 38% saying listening to the stories of their parents and grandparents was their favorite.
While breakfast (29%), lunch (21%) and dinner (23%) were solo prep activities for respondents, they were found to frequently work alongside their partners to put food on the family table.
“Cooking in the heart of the home is often a sacred family activity,” said Bosch Senior Brand Manager Cara Acker.
“The survey found that 56% of Americans say they wish they didn’t have to go to the grocery store so often for more food, ice or water, demonstrating the need for a kitchen that is conducive to uninterrupted moments. with family.”
A common answer was that the interviewee identified themselves as the best head of their family, next being their mother, then their partner or spouse.
A total of 72% said the head of their family could easily compete with a professional or celebrity chef.
Four in ten said that five or more recipes they had on hand were considered “family recipes” that had survived generations.
In fact, 64% said they continue to cook meals today that their parents or grandparents prepared for them when they were little.
In response to their favorite dishes growing up, dishes were named alongside favorite family members, from “Aunt Lydia’s Chicken” to “Grandma’s Arroz con Pollo”.
The survey is a pleasant suggestion that Americans love family recipes and carry on traditions.
For some, the memory lane is not so easy as a street to walk.
Three in five respondents say they can never quite master some family recipes and they don’t turn out quite “right”, largely due to a difference in cooking utensils and household appliances compared to their family members, making it difficult to get a quality match (59%).
Culinary skills aside, 56% of all respondents agreed they were proud to have recipes linked to their roots, while 64% are eager to learn more about the foods and customs associated with the culture of their family.
“There’s an increased interest in connecting with our culture or someone else’s,” Acker said. “In fact, 62% of Americans say they are proud to know recipes from cultures other than their own.
“The key to bringing longevity to these family recipes are devices that offer precision and repeatability.
“Nearly half (49%) of Americans agree that an accurate cooktop is the most important feature in their home when preparing a family meal.”
The results of the survey are as follows:
THE BEST MEMORIES OF AMERICANS GROWING UP
- Listening to the stories of my parents/grandparents – 38%
- Watch TV/movies with my family – 37%
- Eating meals at home with my family – 37%
- Learning to make food/recipes with a parent – 36%
- Play games with my family – 34%
- Going out to eat with my family – 33%
- Cooking with my family – 33%
- Shopping with my family – 31%
- Clean up in the kitchen – 29%