Almost half of newest university students can't rustle up STIR FRY Can't cook coach outlet coupons harbor won't cook: More than a third don't know how to boil an egg, four out of ten cannot make an omelette and almost half are unable to rustle up a spaghetti bologneseByRuki Sayid 00:00, 9 SEP 2014Updated00:03, 9 SEP 2014Valuable skill: Cooking from scratch (Image: Getty) Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Britain's brightest teenagers may be heading for university within days but they have the cooking age of a 12 year old, a study has revealed.
More than a third don't know how to boil an egg, four out of ten cannot make an omelette and almost half are unable to rustle up a spaghetti bolognese. According to a survey by Sainsbury's, three quarters of students leaving home for the first time have no idea how to throw together a vegetable curry, two thirds are clueless over how to cook a chilli con carne and four out of ten are lost over what to do with coach outlet vegas a stir fry. And when it comes to preparing veg, more than a quarter do not know how coach outlet purses 70% to peel and boil everyday staples like carrots and potatoes and half struggle over portion sizes. Guidelines for cooking ages have been drawn up by the British coach outlet sale your iphone Nutritional Foundation (BNF) to determine how the nation's skills bear up. It found 18 year olds are six years behind their real age when it comes to cooking from scratch while 25 29 year olds have the culinary skills of a 15 year old and only 40 50 year olds would be able to hit the grades at GCSE level. The poll of 3,000 Brits found our cooking age which is worked out according to kitchen skills and food knowledge, is falling short of our real age. By 11, children should be able to weigh and measure ingredients, know how to chop vegetables and how to use a sieve, the BNF said. Fourteen year olds should be able to make one pot dishes like shepherd's pie or lasagne from memory. And by the age of 16, children should know how to make a roast dinner with all the trimmings, create dishes from leftovers and adapt recipes to make them healthier. But by the time children hit 16, their cooking age is three years below their real age and has slipped even further by the age of 18. According to the BNF, 18 year olds going to college or university and fending for themselves in two weeks, should be able to boil an egg, make an omelette, know how to cook shepherd's pie from scratch, be able to saute meat and veg, stir fry chicken and be able to estimate the weight of ingredients. Roy Ballam, BNF education programme manager said: "It has long been thought that the cooking ability of successive generations has been in decline due to a variety of factors, such as changing lifestyles and education. "Research shows that around 23% of children aged two to ten years and 35% aged 11 15 years are now overweight or obese, therefore new changes to the National Curriculum in England will be vital in boosting the Cooking Age of the next generation and help children apply healthy eating for life." Diversity star Ashley Banjo who is the face of Sainsbury's new Active Kids Superstar Cooks challenge to get more kids in the kitchen added: "Eating well and being active has always been a really important part of my life.
I developed a love of good food when I was young as I quickly discovered that it made me a better dancer. "They might not grow up to be professional dancers or athletes, but all young people need to understand that eating well will help them feel good and give them the energy to lead full and active lives, now and in the future.".
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