Before the COVID-19 pandemic forced people to stay home, home cooking had steadily been on the decline. “Before coronavirus, about 54% of all food dollars were spent away from the home, said Heather Garlich, senior vice president of communications for Food Industry Association.” (U.S. News) During the pandemic, people found themselves at home with limited cooking skills. However, many decided to embrace and have fun with this new cooking challenge.
7 in 10 consumers say they will keep cooking at home after the pandemic (Food Dive)
Home cooking is not only good for your wallet, it’s good for your health.
Control over the Ingredients
Home cooking allows you to be in complete control over the ingredients. You know if your ingredients are organic, grass-fed or grain-fed, how fresh they are and where they came from. Each dish that you make is modified to your liking. Those with young families understand how important it is to be able to modify a dish to meet the preferences of children.
Cooking at home really puts you in the driver’s seat.
Creativity and Recipe Experimentation
Since you are at the helm, you reserve the right to get creative with your meals. Spinach ravioli made from scratch, stuffed bell peppers, baked French toast, you get where we are going here, home cooking lets you play around with recipes and put your own twist on them.
“Although Hunter’s findings similarly showed that cooking at home may be a long-lasting trend, what people are cooking may soon shift. According to a survey from Mattson last spring, 58% said they will immediately be ready to purchase new products and introduce variety into their diets when the pandemic is over.” (Food Dive)
One Downside to Home Cooking – Grease Clogs
While many people are whipping up delicious meals in the kitchen, not everyone is aware that what they rinse down the sink can cause major plumbing issues. That pan of grease after making bacon should never get rinsed down the sink. As a good rule of thumb, any items that contain fats, oils and grease (FOG) should never be poured down the drain. FOG comes from meats, fats, lard, oil, shortening, butter, margarine, food scraps, sauces, salad dressing and dairy products.
Grease Hero drain guards were developed as an environmentally friendly way to dispose of cooking fats, oils and grease. Simply place the Grease Hero drain guard in your sink, or on a flat surface, and pour the cooled oil and grease from your pan directly into it. You can then dispose of the entire drain guard into your trash or at your city’s recycling facility. See Grease Hero in action on our YouTube channel. The COVID-19 pandemic certainly changed a lot of things about our world, and our cooking abilities just so happened to be one of them.
Second downside, dishes.
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