Millennials get blamed for just about anything these days, and the trend doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, a new study has come out saying the people aged 22-37 have little to no basic kitchen knowledge.
The research was conducted by the home improvement company Porch, which surveyed 750 participants of all ages to get a better understanding of whether anyone has a grasp on simple cooking skills.
While this is just a single nonscientific survey with a sample size of fewer than 1,000 people, you can’t resist pointing out one finding: 83 percent of baby boomers can identify a butter knife, but only 64 percent of Millennials can do the same.
The Daily Meal, who originally broke the story, did their own survey and found out that 100 percent of their Millennial staff knew exactly what a butter knife is. A small win for Millennials but both studies have little to no scientific integrity, especially since anyone working for the Daily Meal was probably hired for their dinning savvy.
For the uninitiated, a butter knife is a non-serrated (no bumps) table knife with a dull edge designed to, well… to spread butter. Now you know, 36 percent of Millennials! For the record, you can spread other things with it, but it depends where you are (or more specifically, if you’ll get judged or deemed lesser for doing so).
Another disappointing statistic from Porch’s survey is that Millennials struggle to make home-cooked classics, including omelettes, cheeseburgers, and salmon – they even have trouble making salad or baking birthday cake from a store-bought mix. The only shot this age group has is with grilled cheese or chocolate chip cookies baked from ready-made dough. A balanced meal if you ever saw one, right?
Foodstuffs like apple pie, shrimp scampi, poached eggs, and homemade bread are the stuff of (grandma) legend to Millennials – apparently, only one-third of Millennials can cook that stuff. Poetic how we shovel down bread with avocado spread, but have no idea how to construct it ourselves.
This next fact might be easier to swallow: Millennials cook less than any other generation (which has been previously pointed out by the Food Institute). They prepare their own meals only 13.5 times per week, with 18 percent coming from frozen or prepackaged foods.
Porch’s data also showed that ‘80s and ‘90s babies are ordering takeout three nights a week on average. This information isn’t shocking, considering delivery companies including GrubHub, Seamless, and Postmates make dinner readily available at the click of a button. Who wants to break out the slow-cooker at the end of a tiring workday?
You might as well add meal kit delivery to the list of young people’s quirks, too, because 17.3 percent of Millennials claim to have subscribed to one, compared to 8.3 percent for baby boomers. Alas, young people are killing the cookbook – only 50 percent of Millennials say they use them. Most get their recipes from the internet instead.
Cooking shows seem to be the one thing everyone has in common – in that relatively few people watch them. Roughly one-third of people in each generation still watch cooking shows. There’s only so much Martha and Guy can do.
This study kind of gives Millennials a bad name, so here are some relieving statistics about the young ‘uns: They talk to nutritionists, eat more plants, shop organic, smoke less, and spend more on health products than older generations.
As a Milennial, my personal relationship with the kitchen is stellar and with cheese pulls and other quirks of Instagram making food more appealing, I feel the next generation will completely flip the stats. Baby Boomers should reconsider making fun of Millenials (and Gen Z-ers) for trivial things, though. Unless you’re Bill Gates, when your computers stop working and you have none left to turn to, we’ll see who’s laughing then.