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Cooking Slow in a Fast-Paced World

Consumers are on the go and want meal preparation to be easy and fast to fit active schedules. Yet, the slow cooker is still a go-to appliance to fix a complete meal. According to the Food Marketing Institute, in 2016, 82% of consumers prepared a nightly meal five or more times per week. Other trends include:

  • 65% of U.S households own and use a slow cooker.
  • 28% of men use a slow cooker for game day parties.
  • Eight in 10 adults are skilled at using a slow cooker.
  • Sixteen meals per person were prepared in a slow cooker per year.
  • Several food manufacturers offer seasoning mixes or frozen meal packages for quick preparation.

Source: Food Technology, December 2017


About Karen Blakeslee

The Rapid Response Center was formed in 1995 as a resource for Kansas State University Research & Extension Agents. Resource topics included Food Science, Human Nutrition, Food Service, Textiles, Home Care and other consumer topics. Since that time, the Center has grown to be of valuable assistance to Kansas State University Extension Specialists in those areas.

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