Often considered the heart of the home, the kitchen is a place that was traditionally known as a family space.
However, while this may have been the case thirty, forty or fifty years ago, this doesn’t seem to be the case now. With a rise in takeaway expenditure and a decrease in family time and a shift to people sharing communal kitchen spaces, it seems the heart of the home is in need of a re-start – but, could this all be about to change as we move into the next decade?
A world of convenience
We all know that cooking can sometimes seem like a massive chore, especially if you’ve been in work all day, or if you’ve had to rush the kids to multiple afterschool clubs. It’s this that’s seen a huge rise in the use of those takeaway menus and food delivery apps, which have put takeaways in the palm of our hands all too easily.
It’s been found that Brits spend £2.7billion per month on takeaways, with those in the 25 – 34 age brackets spending the most. This age group spends approximately £65 on five takeaways a month.
Meanwhile, it’s also been found that minimal effort seems to be put in across the board with Brits only making around four meals a week from scratch.
But what could solve this?
A big way that this could be tackled head-on is through a shift up in the way our kitchen space looks. An investment in the home itself, a great kitchen will help to inspire you to use the space much more.
Places such as Hammonds specialise in fitted kitchens, which can create a space tailored perfectly to your specific needs. So, whether you live solo or you have a full family to feed, you’ll be able to adapt the kitchen space to what you need – surely the ideal way to inspire a little cooking creativity.
However, it’s not just families that may be suffering due to the rise in working hours and busy lives that we all seem to be leading. Younger people, who mostly share accommodation are suffering widely because of shared communal kitchen spaces reducing the amount of storage space and time they have in a kitchen setting.
Landlords, who have recently come under fire across the board for treatment of tenants can work to tackle this head-on.
Around 22% of young Brits in shared spaces cook less frequently because of the issues faced with their kitchen space. But, by installing more adaptable spaces, which could even double as the communal area, you’ll be creating areas that tenants love. And surely this is a good thing, reducing the number of switching tenants and take away wrappers and smells that can’t be good for business or even hygiene in some areas.
However, there appears to be more positives on the horizon for the world of cooking too.
Research conducted by FoodBev media discovered that there is a wealth of new, healthier food trends that are taking off across the nation as we head into 2020.
With a rise in veganism, it appears that more people across the UK are moving into a more flexitarian mode of diet. This means they’re eating less meat, which, in turn, would result in more cooking, and far healthier vegetable-based cooking compared to takeaway pizzas.
Sugar also appears to be reducing with companies across the board removing plenty of sugar from products, including Cadbury.
As you can see, these minor changes, coupled with an improvement in cooking environments could see us move away from the Just Eat app as we move into the next decade, creating a healthier and more communal place for us all when it comes to eating.