The average adult spends 3 years of their life cooking – but thinks their meals are ‘basic’

Nearly a fifth wish they had the time and motivation to create more impressive dishes – including katsu, paella and lasagne curries

Britons spend an average of 17 days a year cooking meals - or three years of their life
Britons spend an average of 17 days a year cooking meals – or three years of their life

The average adult will spend three years of their life cooking – but many consider their meals “basic”.

A study of 2,000 Britons found that a typical week they spend 7 hours 37 minutes preparing meals – the equivalent of 17 days a year.

And Londoners spend more than nine hours a week in the kitchen.

A typical breakfast takes 22 minutes to prepare while lunch takes half an hour.

Dinner took the longest 49 minutes to cook – but only 23 minutes to eat.

It also emerged that a quarter of respondents said time spent in the kitchen often felt like a chore.

But a fifth consider their food ‘basic’ – and wish they had time to cook more impressive dishes


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More than a third admit their cooking is “safe”, and 22% say their food is “basic”.

But 18% wish they had more time to cook impressive dishes.

And nearly a quarter of young consumers feel they miss out on favorite foods at home due to a lack of time or skills.

“We spend a lot of time in the kitchen every week,” said Anna Beheshti, spokeswoman for rice brand Tilda, who commissioned the research to mark the limited edition pre-warmable Katsu Curry.

“It is often thought of as the heart of the home – and with life getting busier again, people are looking for tricks and shortcuts to making delicious and quick meals.

“It’s easy to get into trouble when it comes to cooking, and we know many people are looking for inspiration when it comes to creative, flavorful meals.

“We want to help the nation create delicious meals quickly.”

Research on cooking habits also shows that more than a third (35%) spend more time in the kitchen during a pandemic than ever before.

Although, if they spent less time preparing food, adults would spend more time watching TV (46%), reading (31%) and socializing with family (29%).

It also revealed that six in ten are willing to cook more enjoyable meals, with four in ten admitting they have four “must-go” meals to which they stick.

Katsu curry is one of the top dishes Brits wish they could make at home


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As a result, it has been an average of 27 days since Britons last cooked something new, blaming a lack of motivation (31%), time (26%) and living with picky eaters (24%) ).

Nearly a quarter blamed a lack of creativity and a fifth acknowledged a fear of failure.

OnePoll research shows that nearly a quarter of adults enjoy Japanese dishes in restaurants, but miss it at home because they don’t have the time or skills to cook them.

Similarly, the top dishes that people enjoy eating out but not cooking at home include katsu, paella and lasagne curries, with 44% admitting convenience is key.

And more than a fifth of Londoners said they enjoy eating katsu curry when dining out, but wouldn’t be confident cooking it at home.

Anna Beheshti, from Tilda, added: “We can see that Katsu Curry is a dish that Britons feel they are missing out on when making at home, due to a lack of ingredients, time and skill.

“Fortunately, we’re here to help bring those Asian-inspired restaurant flavors home with our Limited Edition Katsu Curry Rice.”

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