This week we bring you the 2012 food trends to watch. Today's trend number eight is all about the rise in cooking at home to save money.
Trend #8: Eating at home – Xtreme Home Cooking
Someone is going to eat all those home cooked foods that these men are preparing, so get ready for yet another slow-down at foodservice establishments. With continued pressure on the economy more men and women will be choosing to eat at home to save money, which has happened before – but this time around expect a twist. Think of it as Xtreme Home Cooking where, following the lead of Extreme Couponers, these everyday cooks pride themselves on making the most for the least. Campaigns like Slow Food USA’s $5 meal challenge paved the way for a new series of recipes that put the focus on price and taste over convenience. Look for food groups to form that cook together, crowd sourcing in the kitchen if you will, with the same primary focus on cost – shopping, cooking, eating and storing leftovers in bulk. A new definition for the “value meal” which could extend to quantity discounts at fast food establishments and other restaurants that offer a sizable discount based on the number of diners. Instead of senior discounts, think party of five discounts.