PITTSBURGH, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- With 2009 widely described as "the year of the home cook," it's no surprise that many Americans are getting reacquainted with their kitchens. However, a
The in-depth, qualitative
"Previous research showed that there is a disconnect between what families are keeping on hand and what they're actually turning into meals," said Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Ph.D., RD, FADA, lead researcher, Nutritional Sciences Department,
Healthful Eating Made Easy
With the goal of providing moms with knowledge on planning, preparing and serving nutritious meals with limited time available,
Canned Foods: An Essential Kitchen All-Star
Recognizing that moms make positive changes when they receive advice on how to prepare and serve easy, quick and healthful meals, the Canned Food Alliance partnered with food and nutrition author and educator Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, a home economics expert and dietitian who is also certified in Family and Consumer Sciences. Together, the CFA and Duyff created an Essential Kitchen Toolkit, which is modeled after the successful action plans used in the
"The cornerstone of a good kitchen starts with a well-stocked pantry and the Canned Food Alliance has always viewed canned foods as basic, yet essential kitchen staples. And now, canned foods are more relevant than ever in helping people put today's version of Home Ec 101, or At-Home Economics, into practice in their own kitchens," said Rich Tavoletti, executive director, the Canned Food Alliance. "We're offering all home cooks the Essential Kitchen Toolkit so they can make nutritious, delicious family meals that incorporate canned foods - even when in a hurry. Convenient canned foods are already cooked, so they require less prep work and allow families to get the most nutritional bang for their buck."
Duyff notes that the knowledge and skills basic to At-Home Economics is elevated to a new priority in this "year of the home cook."
"The economic downturn, coupled with the decline of consumer skills, means that the climate is ripe for the resurgence of learning At-Home Economics and the kitchen skills that go along with it," commented Duyff. "Knowing these basics isn't just for consumers. Nutrition, culinary, and family and consumer science professionals need this expertise, too, as they help families everywhere learn and apply practical consumer knowledge and skills for nourishing, flavorful, and affordable home-prepared meals."
On behalf of the CFA, Duyff authored "Home Economics to Family and Consumer Sciences: Reinvented for Today's Consumer," a position paper designed to serve as a resource and perspective on the return of At-Home Economics, including actionable, usable tips and information on how canned foods help consumers to prepare safe, nourishing and economical meals, with convenience and flavor in mind.
Consumers and professionals can visit www.mealtime.org to access the Essential Kitchen Toolkit, At-Home Economics position paper and links to published research from
About the Canned Food Alliance
The Canned Food Alliance is a partnership of the American Iron and Steel Institute's Steel Packaging Council, the Can Manufacturers Institute, select food processors and affiliate members. The primary mission of the CFA is to drive increased consumption of canned foods by enhancing the perception of their numerous benefits. For hundreds of mealtime solutions, visit www.mealtime.org.
Rutgers University Research
(1) There were 20 unique participants of the two phases (40 total), who were drawn from a sample of 201 mothers tapped for earlier phases of the study.
(2) There were 20 unique participants for the two phases (40 total), who were drawn from a sample 201 mothers tapped for earlier phases of the study
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