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We have a fun guest post this week by Sarah Hollenbeck discussing the most common cooking fails in the US as well as the most common reactions to those fails. Keeping the great insight provided in this post in mind, use the potential risks to your benefit and study up on best cooking and meal prep techniques to avoid these common mishaps and have your best meal prepping success! I hope you enjoy the post below and would love to hear your feedback!

January is full of resolutions for the new year: to exercise more, to save money or to learn a new skill. One of the most common skills people are always looking to improve upon is their ability to whip up something in the kitchen quickly and safely. Being able to cook for yourself is a right of passage as an adult and can ensure a life of healthy and delicious eating. But with all these kitchen-related resolutions in play, it begs the question: just how bad are people at cooking?

That’s what the team at Postmates set to find out as they used Twitter and survey data to determine the most common cooking fails across the US as well as how people generally react to a mess up in the kitchen. And while you may think a burnt dish is no cause for alarm, their data shows a different story as consumers become invested in their meals from the beginning.

After surveying 1,000+ people across the nation, Postmates discovered that just under half (41%) would at least try to salvage the meal. 29% would give up and order out and 22% would give up and throw everything in the trash. Sometimes it gets a bit emotional too, as 7% would skip the meal out of sheer anger and 8% would cry because they were frustrated.

And while a lot of people surveyed admitted they would order delivery, those who do continue to try their hand at cooking often tweet about their frustrations. So what are the most tweeted about #cookingfails? Two years of data shows us that most people (18%) tend to burn their dish. 11% choc up their failure to a lack of skill while 9% accidentally add in the wrong ingredient. 

To see more about all the data Postmates collected, including demographic and state data, head over to their blog. No matter if you relate to these failures on a personal level or are thanking your lucky stars your mom taught you how to cook, it’s clear to see that people have a lot of practice to do in 2020. See you in the kitchen.

Thanks again for this fabulous guest post Sarah, I hope you all enjoy it!

Wishing you a healthy and tasty 2020,

Ricci-Lee Hotz, MS, RDN

Denver’s Dancing Dietitian

A Taste of Health, LLC

“Improving Quality of life one bite at a time”