How The Pandemic Has Changed Cooking

One of the many activities people have picked up on or have been doing more while social distancing at home is cooking.

While the pandemic has changed how we live our lives, almost all parts of cooking have changed too, from grocery buying, preparation to the actual eating of what we cooked as well.

The new normal

Many have felt rightfully unsafe during this whole pandemic to eat out and have resorted to having most of their meals at the comfort of their own home. Those who are working from home aren’t stopping for breakfast or coffee while on their way to work anymore, because they just aren’t commuting that often anymore nor do they frequent their usual lunch spots around the office area as they aren’t even in the office anymore.

According to a study by Acosta report, 55% were eating at home more often since the pandemic began while a study by Bloomberg also showed similar results with a third of those surveyed saying they plan to cook at home even more when restrictions are lifted.


As people log more hours in the kitchen, the same goes for their hours at grocery stores while shopping habits are changing as well. With the internet and various cooking personalities who share their recipes online, people are wanting to try new things with their food and move towards more complex cooking as well. 

“People are moving on to more complex cooking, and we don’t see that going away,” Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen told The New York Times. The supermarket chain reported a 30% spike in sales at the beginning of the pandemic.

As thanksgiving came and gone, the traditional pumpkin craze was on for a while and other significant food comebacks include the ever classic instant noodles and any simple rice dish that one would conjure up with simple ingredients like eggs, spring onions, chicken, fish, carrots, potatoes and so on. A list complex food that has been trending includes baking bread, making ice cream, fish bowls and the iconic stay-at-home drink that is dalgona coffee.

More shortcuts and meal ideas

Consumers cook an average of nine meals a week and the average respondant cooked the same meal almost 28 times since the pandemic began. According to a survey by OnePoll 55% of 2000 consumers say that they are tired of cooking their meals at home.

Seven in 10 also wish that could cook a healthy dinner more quickly and 43% want to spend less time planning out their meals.

New routines also means new meal ideas. Ready-to-eat frozen meals are one less to worry about for household as both adults and kids are learning that the meal options offered at home are endless, whether it be leftovers from dinner or a slow cooked meal. Nontheless, it doesn’t matter how long this pandemic is going to last for as long as your imagination is still flowing and prepared to fling up your next meal without heading out for the same overpriced thingamajig.

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