We all know that the holiday season is much trickier than just spending perfect moments with family and friends. A Kerrygold survey exposes one of the biggest stressors during end-of-the-year festivities—prepping holiday meals.
Surprisingly, as much as 89% of the surveyed Americans said activities related to holiday meals made them stressed or nervous. This made cooking the most stressful holiday-related activity, even more so than shopping, gift-giving, sending out cards, etc.
However, this stat is not that surprising after all. Namely, cooking stats tell us that only around 14% of the US adult population cooks because they have a strong passion for cooking.
But what exactly is stressing American adults when the holiday kitchen is in question?
According to the survey results, 44% were preoccupied with worries about making delicious meals. Then, they were concerned about providing the right amount of food (43%) and about meal preparation timing (42%).
Only 29% of the surveyed encountered troubles when deciding what holiday meals to prepare. However, what proved most complicated was cooking for those that follow particular diets or avoid specific food groups.
Approximately 21% of the survey participants were concerned about cooking gluten-free meals, 20% feared preparing lactose-free food, and the same share said this about vegetarian diets. Finally, about 11% of them said keto meals were problematic.
This may be why, during last year’s holiday season, many chose to order delivery food on New Year’s Eve. Right after Mother’s Day, it was the second most profitable holiday for some of the most popular food delivery services in the US.
Aware of the amount of stress the holidays can impose on cooks all over America, Kerrygold started its Holiday Calm campaign that uses Irish recipes, sounds, and visuals to make Americans de-stress during this tense time of the year.