Family meals survey 2013 - full results

We commissioned a survey to look into the pressures parents face when it comes to the family meal. Here are the full results of that survey.

 

MN Food Feb Survey Jan 13. 1021 Mumsnetters took part in the survey which was open to all.
1. Who is the main cook in your family?
Answer options Response             
You 72%            
Your partner 10%            
Share cooking equally 18%            
The children 0%            
Not stated 0%            
               
               
               
2. Thinking about your evening or main meal, how often, during a normal week, is this meal cooked from scratch (or at least prepared from scratch (ie - not ready meals or takeaways)?
Answer options Response            
Every day 29%            
5 or 6 times a week 47%            
3 to 4 times a week 18%            
1 to 2 times a week 4%            
Once a week 1%            
Less than once a week 1%  
Never 0%            
               
3. How often do you do a 'big' food shop?
Answer options Response             
More than once a week 5%            
Once a week 62%            
2 to 3 times a month 24%            
Once a month 7%            
Less than once a month 1%            
Never 1%            
Not stated 0%            
answered question 1017            
               
               
4. If you are loyal to a particular supermarket, which one?
Answer options Response             
Tesco 26%            
Sainsbury's 24%            
Waitrose 8%            
Asda 8%            
Morrisons 5%            
Aldi 3%            
Lidl 2%            
The Co-operative 1%            
M&S Food 0%            
Other (please specify) 7%            
Not stated 16%            
               
5. For food shopping, do you mainly....
Answer options Response             
Shop online 24%            
Go to the store 57%            
Both equally 18%            
Not stated 1%            
               
               
               
6. How much does your family spend every week on food? Please include all spent on food cooked at home. Exclude takeaways or meals out.
Answer options Response             
Under £50 11%            
£50 to £100 56%            
£100 to £150 26%            
£150 to £200 6%            
£200+ 1%            
Don't know 1%            
               
               
Average £92.61            
               
7. How has that changed from a year ago?
Answer options Response             
We now spend more on food 45%            
We now spend less on food 14%            
It hasn't - we spend (roughly) the same 31%            
It has changed because our family size has changed 9%            
Not stated 0%            
               
               
               
8. Do you use discount vouchers or coupons to save money on your shop?
Answer options Response             
Yes - regularly 33%            
Yes - occasionally 44%            
Rarely 18%            
Not at all 4%            
Not stated 0%            
               
9. Do you insist on your children following any of these rules? Tick as many as apply. Base: All Answering (exc children too young and no children)
Answer options Response             
No talking with your mouth full 89%            
Elbows off the table 35%            
No texting at the table 61%            
No reading at the table 60%            
Eating everything on their plate 12%            
Waiting until everyone is seated before you start eating 38%            
Helping to clear the table 71%            
               
               
10. Thinking about the main meal you have on weekdays and at weekends, how often, if at all, do you eat at the same time as your children?
Answer options Always Usually Sometimes Rarely Never Don't know/not stated  
Weekdays 27% 27% 20% 15% 8% 4%  
Weekends 43% 34% 10% 4% 5% 4%  
               
               
11. If you don't always eat at the same time, why?
Answer options Response             
Children too young 22%            
Prefer to eat later than the children 22%            
Come home from work too late 28%            
Children have after-school activities 8%            
Don't want to eat what they eat 9%            
Other (please specify) 11%            
Not stated 29%            
               
12. Do you mealplan?
Answer options Response             
Yes always 18%            
Yes most weeks 27%            
Yes, sometimes 40%            
No, never 14%            
Not stated 0%            
               
13. Where do you get your recipes from? Tick as many as apply
Answer options Response             
From cookbooks 76%            
I know them off by heart 76%            
By searching on the internet 75%            
From newspapers/magazines 43%            
Handed down through family 32%            
From an app 9%            
NA: Don't use recipes to cook 7%            
Other (please specify) 6%            
               
15. How often do you throw away (either in the bin or compost bin) part of your child's main meal because it hasn't been eaten? NB excluding packed lunches and scraps
Answer options Response             
All the time 19%            
Sometimes 40%            
Occasionally 27%            
Never 10%            
Don't know/ not stated 3%            
               
16. How often do you find yourself doing the following - if at all?
Answer options All the time Sometimes Occasionally Never Don't know/not stated    
Bribing your children to eat their vegetables 6% 24% 19% 49% 3%    
Cutting off the crusts for your children 7% 16% 17% 57% 3%    
Finishing off your children's leftovers 5% 27% 34% 31% 3%    
Hiding vegetables in sauces 8% 22% 23% 44% 3%    
Cooking multiple dishes to please different family members 9% 19% 27% 42% 3%    

 

17. Do any members of your family use their smartphones or tablets during family meals?

               
Answer options Yes, at every meal Sometimes Occasionally Never, but they could if they wanted to No, they are banned during mealtimes Response Count  
You 1% 12% 23% 15% 49% 917  
Partner 2% 12% 23% 15% 47% 858  
Your son(s) 0% 2% 7% 8% 84% 331  
Your daughter(s) 0% 2% 7% 8% 85% 324  
           
18. Which of the following statements best describe your children and cooking? Tick more than one if necessary.
Answer options Response         
My child(ren) cook meals for the family or themselves 8%            
We enjoy cooking together 20%            
My child(ren) like to help me/ my partner with cooking 44%            
My child(ren) are not interested in cooking 2%            
My child(ren) don't cook meals but are happy to do baking 24%            
NA: Child(ren) too young 35%            
Not stated 2%            
               
19. We're looking for the dish that represents 'The Mumsnet Meal' - which is the most popular in your household?
Answer options Response             
Roast dinner 33%            
Spaghetti bolognese 24%            
Lasagne 10%            
Other 8%            
Curry 8%            
Sausages and mash 7%            
Shepherds Pie 4%            
Toad in the hole 3%            
Stir-fry 2%            
Not stated 0%            
               
               
20. Are you male or female?              
Answer options Response             
Male 2%            
Female 96%            
Not stated 2%            
               

 We have created an infographic based on these results which you are free to use and share.

Last updated: 18-Nov-2013 at 11:32 AM