Over a third of Americans have felt judged about their cooking skills, according to new research. A study of 2,000 people examined how respondents feel about their culinary skills and found one in five (21%) think they have only one standout dish in their arsenal. A "Top Chef" appearance probably isn't in most people's future seeing as the average American can only prepare five meals completely without any help from a recipe. The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Mazola Corn Oil, found respondents feel the most confident making breakfast. The top five meals that respondents can make without a recipe included eggs over easy (49%), scrambled eggs (46%), hard boiled eggs (44%), poached eggs (44%), and french toast (41%). Even the simplest recipes can cause chaos in the kitchen, though. The average American forgets four ingredients while cooking their dishes a month. Over half (52%) of respondents admitted they've had a full-on kitchen disaster, prompting 31% of those to trash it and start completely from scratch. But kitchen mishaps won't keep people from taking on new culinary challenges in 2020. Nearly half (49%) plan on tackling more complex recipes in the new year and 45% hope to diversify the types of cuisine they cook. Forty-eight percent want to embrace healthier eating habits. "It's important to find ingredients in the kitchen that are a smart choice for your family and encourage healthy eating habits," said Mike Shehorn, Senior Brand Manager of Mazola. "Using a cooking oil that's cholesterol free is an easy way to lighten up your favorite meals, just in time for the new year and Heart Health Month this February." Other common barriers that have prevented respondents from cooking healthy included time (39%), lack of knowledge (34%), and lack of inspiration (30%). There are definitely some gaps in respondents' knowledge when it comes to healthy cooking. A third (33%) admitted to feeling intimidated when using a spatula. Thirty percent got anxious about whisks and measuring cups while a quarter got tense when attempting to use a food processor. Respondents plan on updating the skills in their cooking repertoire with 42% hoping to master air frying and 36% dreaming of becoming a baking maestro. A third want to set their grill skills alight (34%). "Cooking with Mazola, a versatile and better-for-you ingredient that performs well in a variety of cooking applications like stir-frying, sautéing, grilling and baking, can help families incorporate healthy eating into their ever-expanding cooking arsenal," said Shehorn.
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