Women become good cooks at the age of 55 – that is when they can cook a roast, rescue a meal… and FINALLY boil an egg
14:19 GMT, 31 October 2012
Women finally become perfect cooks at the grand old age of 55, it was revealed today.
Research shows that by the time they reach their mid-fifties, the female of the species has learned how to cater for parties of 12 or more, throw together random ingredients to make a decent meal, and rescue a dinner that has gone awry.
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The study also revealed 85 per cent of women aged 55 and over can confidently cook eggs without breaking the yolk on fried eggs or leaving eggs to boil for too long.
Eight in ten women of this age group can happily make a tasty meal from next to nothing, and 55 per cent know exactly what herbs to put with which meats to bring out the best flavours.
When it comes to kitchen gadgetry, women in their fifties have clearly mastered the art of technology.
One in three use a slow cooker when they don’t have time to cook, eight in ten know what every dial on the oven does and a third make frequent use of the food processor.
Two thirds of 55-year-olds can confidently cook bread from scratch, a fifth can home-make pasta, and a third can make ice cream without instruction.
Although there is no shame in using pre-prepared sauces, half of women in the older age group always make sauces from the raw ingredients.
Half of those over 55 often use recipes for meals because they are assured they can achieve the dish in the picture, while a quarter will think nothing of replicating celebrity inspired meals.
When it comes to baking, women in their fifties are more likely to throw in all the ingredients using guesswork compared to other age groups.
Indeed, 75 per cent of women aged 55 and over bake regularly, and are a dab hand at churning out Victoria sponges, lemon drizzle cake, shortbread and flapjacks.
When asked about their cooking milestones, the average woman in her fifties admitted she hosted her first ever dinner party at the age of 26.
The average women cooked her first roast dinner at 23, a romantic meal for a partner at 23 and her first cake at 21.
And for these plucky cooks, the majority cooked their very first Christmas dinner for the whole family at age 27.
Unsurprisingly, eight in ten women aged 55 and over consider themselves to be proficient cooks.
Helen Nunn added: 'Although we reach cookery perfection in our fifties, it’s interesting to note that most women reach their big ‘milestones’ on their culinary journey in their twenties, with the majority of respondents saying that they hosted their first dinner party, Christmas dinner and romantic meal for two in their twenties.'
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Make gravy so that it is not runnyCan cook fried eggs without breaking the yolkCan cook the perfect boiled eggCook beef until it’s not tender not toughCook carrots until they are aldente rather than soggyCook broccoli which isn’t mushyCan rustle up more than 15 ‘regular’ dishesCan throw random ingredients together to make something deliciousIs confident about throwing dinner parties for 12Know what herbs compliment meatCan differentiate between herbsCan get all elements of a roast dinner ready at the same timeCan rescue a meal which looks like it is going wrongCan cook bread from scratchCooks sauces from scratch rather than using jarred alternativesCan make ice cream from scratchCan make pasta from scratchHappy to replicate celebrity recipesThrow ingredients in without weighing when bakingBake cakes such as Victoria sponge and lemon drizzle cake regularly