Kitchen nightmare: 1 in 3 admit starting fires from cooking meals they didn’t know how it make

NEW YORK — Most Americans are trying to create healthier versions of their favorite dishes — and many are meeting with disaster! In fact, one in three have almost burned down their kitchens while getting creative with their dinner.

A survey of 2,000 individuals looked at how they get creative when cooking — only to find that many believe it’s no easy feat. One-third of Americans had to break out a fire extinguisher while cooking a dish they had no clue how to make. Despite that, it hasn’t stopped home chefs from being creative and getting healthy in the kitchen.

The shift to cooking creatively healthy meals

Nearly one in five (17%) try to create healthy versions of meals every time they step in the kitchen, with 35 percent doing this very often. Seven in 10 say cooking is one of their favorite ways to express their creativity (72%).

Although a similar number feel their first attempt at a new dish usually goes well (70%), most people are still likely to stick as close to the recipe as possible so they don’t mess up (76%). By far, people think dinner is the most creative meal of the day (43%) and find American (43%) or Italian (34%) cuisines the easiest to get creative with.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of GreenPan, the survey finds 65 percent of respondents feel more “chef-like” when creating unique food combinations.

The kitchen can be your canvas

People get their inspiration to try new recipes or experiment with their creativity by going online (41%), reading cookbooks (35%), or asking their families for advice (33%). Home chefs were most likely to get creative in the kitchen during the holidays (42%), birthdays (39%), or when they’re hosting guests (32%).

Creative CookingWhen they’re feeling creative, 35 percent visit a specialty grocery store to find exciting ingredients, while another 32 percent like to browse around fresh options at a farmers’ market. Three in five also think their cookware makes a difference, citing that cooking would be easier if they had better utensils (62%).

Jacob Maurer, CEO of Americas at The Cookware Company, says toxin-free ceramic nonstick cookware is a great, safe choice for at-home chefs.

“You can cook on gas, electric and induction, and even use them in the oven – all with confidence that you’re cooking without harmful chemicals and toxins, like PFAS, that are often found in traditional nonstick,” he says. “Choosing high-quality, toxin-free cookware is the easiest healthy swap people can make in the kitchen.”

While creating healthy versions at home is a priority for many, only 30 percent know what poly-fluoroalkyl substances or PFAS chemicals are. Studies have found these in many daily household products and packaging materials. Americans would be eager to switch to a different cookware brand if they discovered PFAS were in them, with 37 percent being “very likely” to swap.

Kitchen nightmare: 1 in 3 admit starting fires from cooking meals they didn’t know how it make

Trisha Anderson

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