3 in 4 four Brit kids don’t know how to boil an egg

May 20th, 2009 - 2:13 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 20 (ANI): Three quarters of British kids do not know how to boil an egg, new research has found.

The poll for supermarket chain Morrisons found that almost half of the youngsters in the UK never or rarely help prepare their family’s evening meal.

The survey of 1,000 children and 1,000 parents showed that 37 percent kids preferred watching television or surfing the Internet to culinary pursuits.

During the study, 27 percent parents admitted it was easier to leave their children to amuse themselves rather than enlist them in cooking.

However, around a third of parents said that they wanted to teach their cooking, as they had inherited kitchen skills from their own mothers and fathers.

According to author Annable Karmel, teaching cooking to kids would also help them to develop skills in other areas.

“Cooking is a great way for children to learn about maths, measuring, and understanding time, so it’s worth the effort. What’s more it’s a great way to get fussy eaters to try new foods,” Sky News quoted her as saying.

Karmel suggests that by the age of six, kids should be able to chop vegetables, grate cheese and boil an egg, while 13-year-olds should be cooking fish, chicken and meat and baking potatoes.

By the age of 16, teenagers should have mastered risottos and pasta dishes.

The study showed that kids and parents still hold the ability to cook in high regard, with 80 percent viewing a culinary ability as an important skill. (ANI)

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