Boiled potatoes' popularity goes soft

7th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

ZAANDAM – Although boiled potatoes are still the most commonly served side dish in the Netherlands, their popularity is falling swiftly.

ZAANDAM – Although boiled potatoes are still the most commonly served side dish in the Netherlands, their popularity is falling swiftly.

In the 1990s boiled potatoes were the favourite of 64 percent of the Dutch. Today, it’s 53 percent, according to a study by grocery giant Albert Heijn.

Consumers are eating more and more pasta and rice instead of potatoes. And the traditional meat-potato-veg combination is less often on the menu. In 1997, 30 percent of people had it for dinner; now just 19 percent do.

Soup as a first course is slowly disappearing, but desserts are doing well: four of ten households have it each night.

Many people said they enjoy cooking but believe they do it poorly. Only 37 percent of the 731 people surveyed said they were good cooks.

The Dutch are drawing more inspiration from cooking magazines, but cookbooks remain the chief source of information about food. Households have an average of nine cookbooks.

Those in families with children said they enjoyed cooking less. The bigger the household, the less people said they liked cooking.

The Dutch began spending more time on preparing food in the 1960s. The trend continues, although meal preparation time has decreased slightly to an average of 31 minutes from 33 minutes in 1997. One reason is the wok’s new popularity.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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