At-Home Cooking Skyrockets During COVID-19

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At-home cooking has seen a resurgence in the times of quarantine and stay-at-home orders. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things about our daily lives and, for many, one major change is the way we eat. With restaurants closed, or at limited capacity, people have turned to their kitchens, cookbooks and parents to help them navigate the world of cooking from scratch.

At a scale not seen in over 50 years, America is cooking, a healthy move in the middle of a pandemic. (The New York Times)

New data from Influence Central shows that 88% of consumers are cooking more meals at home in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with 49% making meals from scratch. In another recent survey, 75% said they have become more confident in the kitchen and 51% said they will continue to cook more after the crisis ends. One thing is clear, people have a new found interest in at-home cooking.

At-Home Cooking Shifts from Hobby to Passion

Cooking has always taken two things, time and practice. “That initial training time has simply not been available to most Americans, as the pace of life has intensified over the decades. Nor has there been a perceived need to cook because prepared and fast foods were readily available. The pandemic has put everything on pause, and almost every ‘nonessential’ worker, employed or unemployed, is now enrolled in a de facto home economics course. Cooking is at the top of the curriculum. The course will be months or years long. Even if ‘stay-at-home’ orders are lifted, cooking will be the most cost-effective way to eat during a deep recession.” (The New York Times)

Post COVID-19 is going to look a bit different and one thing that is here to stay will be cooking. People have now had time to get acquainted with their kitchens, the benefits of cooking and a new love of making a homemade meal.

Grease Hero is an Eco Friendly Cooking Hack

While our Grease Hero drain guards have always been helpful for those that loved to cook, we are delighted to see many more people turn to at-home cooking. There is something special about taking simple ingredients and turning them into a delightful meal. However, properly disposing of ingredients and cooking by-products is as important as the meal itself. If not disposed of properly, fatbergs form.

What is a ‘fatberg’? Fatbergs occur in plumbing and sewer lines when cooking fats, oils and grease mix with non-biodegradable material (i.e. flushable wipes) to form large clumps that are as hard as concrete and quickly grow to block lines. Once a sewer line is blocked, the wastewater and flushed material flows back into homes, neighborhoods and the environment through sewer overflows.

Grease Hero is an eco friendly, convenient and responsible way to dispose of cooking fats, oils and grease after cooking a meal. The Grease Hero drain guard is made of recycled materials and quickly absorbs the fats, oils and grease that you pour into it directly from your cooking pan. You then simply dispose of the entire drain guard into your trash. This keeps that harmful cooking oil and grease contaminants out of your plumbing, city sewers and the environment.

At-home cooking is here to stay and that is something we can all cheers to!

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