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Women perfect the art of cooking at 55 according to new study

The perfect cook imageArticle by Fabafterfifty

Now I am feeling very inadequate on the domestic front! I have never been known for my culinary skills, and the latest study indicating that women are Women finally become ‘perfect cooks’ at the age of 55, indicates just how lacking I am in culinary talent!

A new study shows that by her fifties, the average woman has become proficient at throwing random ingredients together to make something delicious, and has the confidence to host a dinner party for 12. Interestingly there is no mention of the culinary skills of men at the same age!

According to the study, by this age, women are rustling up more than 15 meals on a regular basis – to include chicken casserole, steak and kidney pie and seafood linguine – all cooked from scratch.

Soggy broccoli, tough beef, runny gravy and limp carrots are also firmly OFF the menu by the time a woman reaches 55, as she masters the art of cooking foods for the perfect length of time.

Helen Nunn, Head of Marketing at The Co-operative Food, which conducted the study of 1,000 women, said:

“It stands to reason that it takes time to master cookery, and confidence comes with age.

“The real sign of a good cook is one who doesn’t panic when things do go wrong, instead finding a solution to the problem or even admitting to those she is cooking for that dinner has gone horribly wrong!”

The study shows 85% of women aged 55 and over can confidently cook eggs without breaking the yolk on fried eggs or leaving eggs to boil for too long.

Eight in 10 women of this age group can happily make a tasty meal from next to nothing, and 55% know exactly what herbs to put with which meats to bring out the best flavours.

Women in their fifties have mastered technology in the kitchen

When it comes to kitchen gadgetry, women in their fifties have clearly mastered the art of technology.

A third use a slow cooker when they don’t have time to cook, eight in 10 know what every dial on the oven does and a third make frequent use of the food processor.

Two thirds of 55-year-olds can confidently cook bread from scratch, a fifth can home-make pasta, and a third can make ice cream without instruction.

Although there is no shame in using pre-prepared sauces, half of women in the older age group always make sauces from the raw ingredients.

Indeed, 75% of women aged 55 and over bake regularly, and are a dab hand at churning out Victoria sponges, lemon drizzle cake, shortbread and flapjacks.

When asked about their cooking milestones, the average woman in her fifties admitted she hosted her first ever dinner party at the age of 26.

The average woman cooked her first roast dinner at 23, a romantic meal for a partner at 23 and her first cake at 21 (and for these plucky cooks, the majority cooked their very first Christmas dinner for the whole family at age 27).

Unsurprisingly, eight in 10 women aged 55 and over consider themselves to be proficient cooks.

What makes the perfect cook?

The perfect cook can:

Make gravy so that it is not runny

Can cook fried eggs without breaking the yolk

Can cook the perfect boiled egg

Cook beef until it’s not tender not tough

Cook carrots until they are aldente rather than soggy

Cook broccoli which isn’t mushy

Can rustle up more than 15 ‘regular’ dishes

Can throw random ingredients together to make something delicious

Is confident about throwing dinner parties for 12

Know what herbs compliment meat

Can differentiate between herbs

Can get all elements of a roast dinner ready at the same time

Can rescue a meal which looks like it is going wrong

Can cook bread from scratch

Cooks sauces from scratch rather than using jarred alternatives

Can make ice cream from scratch

Can make pasta from scratch

Happy to replicate celebrity recipes

Throw ingredients in without weighing when baking

Bake cakes such as Victoria sponge and lemon drizzle cake regularly


How many can you tick off the list?



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