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Pass on your food skills - they're a gift

Want to contribute something important to the young people in your life? Teach them to make their own food. 

Okay, that assumes you can do this yourself, but even if your cooking skills won’t get you on MasterChef, you’re probably capable of pulling together a meal.

A lot of young people aren’t.

A survey carried out by the University of Newcastle last year showed that many lack the skills to plan meals, use leftovers, and come up with something edible from what’s in the fridge and the cupboard.

Vegetables in particular have them bamboozled: they don’t know how to store or cook them.

Neither Millennials nor the group coming after them have had to learn food skills because they’ve always been surrounded by convenience food. 
Apparently almost 30% of 18 to 34-year-olds eat out or eat takeaway three or more times a week.

A lot of us picked up a basic knowledge of food and cooking from our mothers. 

Mine wasn’t an enthusiastic cook — and cooking in the 60s wasn’t very interesting — but she had a batch of staple meals under her belt and I absorbed how to make those, such that by the time she went back to work when I was 11, I could get dinner started each night. 

Many young people today haven’t had that.

And although we’re inundated with TV cooking shows and images of food, a lot of teens and young adults don’t know the basics.

They need to be able to make an omelette, not impress Gordon Ramsay or Nigella Lawson.

They need to be able to whip up a soup, salad, stirfry or curry using what they have. 

And they need a few staple recipes.

Why? Because people who make their own food are healthier. 

What better gift can we give them than that?

If you’ve ever thought that young people are given way too much ‘stuff’’, give them something more valuable. 

Show them how to put a meal together. 

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