In any given year, homes across Orange County, Ca will be filled with the scents of delicious foods. There are holidays and special events galore when food often takes center stage. But are those who cook these wonderful meals happy about cooking. The answer may surprise you.
In a survey from Samsung Electronics America, more than 88 percent of those who cook holiday meals say that they are happy doing it and plan to continue cooking holiday meals in the coming year. While this is an impressive number, to be sure, it should also be noted that an estimated 66 percent of those who responded to the survey said they felt that they could have done a better job with at least some part of the overall meal.
The number one issue of those who felt they had not done their very best had to do with the timing of the feast. A little over 20 percent said they felt their timing off. Next in line, coming in at about 16 percent were those who said that they had not invested enough pre-planning time into the meal. It should not be a surprise to anyone that 15 percent reported that the biggest issue they had with holiday cooking was the amount of work and time they had to spend hand-washing all of those dishes! If there is a surprise here, it is that the number is so low!
Some of the comments made by those who felt they had not planned enough ahead are interesting. For instance, nearly 45 percent of those who responded confessed that they never plan for holiday meals; they just don’t do it. Another 10 percent said that they usually just play it by ear, so to speak. 14 percent said that they solve this problem by asking those who will be coming to bring dishes with them, and the more who bring prepared dished to the get together the better! Over 8 percent of those who do not pre-plan the meal say that they have a few drinks to help settle their nerves. It was reported, however, that about 2 percent of those responding said they do a practice run before the holiday to make sure all is well.
Another question was asked concerning having people in the kitchen during the cooking process. About 45 percent said that they like it and put those people to work chopping, washing dished, setting the table, etc. That is good thinking!
Nearly 47 percent of holiday cooks said that they always make and serve drink or snacks as a way of getting the party started. However, over 60 percent said that they did NOT like being watched too closely by others as they went about the cooking. At the top of that list was being watched by spouse, family members, and siblings. And as for shopping, well, 78 percent reported that they have to make as many as three visits to the stores to get everything. 22 percent said they had to make more than four visits to get everything they needed.