Holiday Dinners and Cooking – How fast are YOU?

holiday meals cooking tips

DID YOU KNOW????

Illinois is ranked #13 in the U.S. for the fastest holiday meal preparation, according to the Del Monte Holiday Meal Census.

So how long do you usually take to cook a special holiday meal for your family?

Are you a Rushing Reindeer or a Sluggish Snowman?

To put this question to the test, food researchers at Del Monte — the country’s preeminent fruit and vegetable brand — asked 2,500 Americans to describe how long it takes them to get ready for the typical holiday meal.

Shown below are the Top 20 U.S. states that prepare holiday meals the fastest (with the average prep time shown in parenthesis):

*** DEL MONTE HOLIDAY MEAL CENSUS ***

THE TOP 25 ‘MOST SPEEDY’ U.S. STATES FOR HOLIDAY MEAL PREP

#1:  Kansas (3.6 hours spent on holiday meal preparation)
#2:  Iowa (3.7 hours)
#3:  Delaware (3.8 hours)
#4:  North Dakota (3.9 hours)
#5:  New Mexico (4 hours)
#6:  Nebraska (4.1 hours)
#7:  Montana (4.2 hours)
#8:  Idaho (4.2 hours)
#9:  Utah (4.3 hours)
#10: Hawaii (4.5 hours)
#11:  Connecticut (4.5 hours)
#12:  Alaska (4.6 hours)
#13:  Illinois (4.6 hours)
#14:  Vermont (4.7 hours)
#15:  California (4.7 hours)
#16:  Washington (4.8 hours)
#17:  Massachusetts (4.8 hours)
#18:  Louisiana (4.8 hours)
#19:  Tennessee (4.9 hours)
#20:  Minnesota (4.9 hours)
So which states have the longest holiday meal prep times?  Del Monte ranked those, too:

  THE TOP 5 ‘MOST DEDICATED’ STATES FOR HOLIDAY MEAL PREP

#1:  Mississippi (7.1 hours on average for holiday meal preparation)
#2:  Kentucky (6.9 hours)
#3:  Alabama (6.7 hours)
#4:  Georgia (6.5 hours)
#5:  Texas (6.5 hours)

 

HOW TO PREPARE A HOLIDAY FEAST IN 60 MINUTES OR LESS

No matter what state you live in — and how much time you have — you can make your holiday meal prep more efficient with these three time-saving tips from recipe experts in the Del Monte holiday food kitchen:

* STRATEGY #1:  GO HALF HOMEMADE
Instead of making a holiday dish completely from scratch, buy ready-to-go foods in the store and customize them with extra ingredients and garnish to claim it as your own.

* STRATEGY #2:  MULTIPLY YOUR MACHINERY
Use your slow cooker, toaster oven, and other kitchen gadgets to redistribute the number of dishes being cooked on the stove or in the main oven.  If you save prime cooking real estate for dishes that really need it, you’ll speed up the process dramatically.

* STRATEGY #3:  SKIP SOME PREP
Select recipes with minimal prep times and use quality convenience ingredients like already-chopped canned fruits and vegetables.

Go to www.delmonte.com for speedy and tasty side-dish recipes like the popular Cheddar Corn Casserole (only 10 minutes of prep time needed).

 

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