A recent survey from Golden, Colorado-based Coleman Natural found that 71 percent of respondents say their family has its own traditional recipes and 37 percent know how to make these recipes themselves.
However, some parents are modifying these family recipes in ways that keep the associated memories alive yet bring these dishes into the modern age. The poll, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Coleman Natural, also explored how and why parents are bringing their traditional recipes into the 21st century.
When asked to reflect on their own childhoods, 37 percent remembered their parents or grandparents “always” cooking from scratch, but only 24 percent of parents said they do the same. More than four in five of respondents agreed that traditional recipes require more work than modified ones and 46 percent modify them to increase efficiency.
Fifty-two percent of parents also cited altering a recipe to make it healthier, to cater to a food allergy or sensitivity or to adhere to dietary restrictions.
“People are much more aware of what is in their food these days, whether it’s because of a dietary restriction, lifestyle choice or a simple desire to feed their families better,” said Mel Coleman Jr., a fifth-generation member of the family who founded Coleman Natural Foods.
“With more than half of parents looking for healthier meals for their families, the increasing availability of clean, natural ingredient products at your local grocery store makes it easier to get what you need to bring a memorable meal to life.”
According to 41 percent of respondents, their favorite reason to continue making these traditional dishes is because of the memories they hold. Almost two-thirds of respondents have made two versions of the same dish to accommodate their family’s dietary needs.
“Despite what’s going on around us, if we all get a meaningful meal on the table and gather our family for a short moment during the day, we can feel a small sense of accomplishment and continue to make memories,” Coleman said.
Learn more about the survey findings on the Coleman Natural Blog.