ONE in ten Brits has not made a dinner from scratch in the past year.
This means around 5.5million of us have not even bothered to rustle up something as simple as an omelette, a survey found.
A similar number (11 per cent) say they make nearly all of their dinners using fresh ingredients.
The remaining eight in ten eat pre-made food most of the time.
Men are the worst offenders — with 16 per cent admitting to not cooking dinner from scratch in the past 12 months, compared with five per cent of women.
Every year Brits spend a total of £25billion on takeaways, consuming around 4,000 of them over the course of their lifetime.
Kirsty Oakes, of Hammonds Furniture, which quizzed 1,000 people, said: “There are so many simple, quick and tasty recipes available out there that convenience is not really an excuse.
“Cooking doesn’t have to mean hours slaving over the stove. Twenty minutes then a five-minute clean-up is more than enough time to make something delicious and healthy.”
Artisan pasta maker Silvana Lanzetta said relying on takeaways was bad for us.
She added: “Seeing cooking as a chore is leading to more processed, convenience food, which has a detrimental effect on our physical and mental health.
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“Takeaways give the impression they save you time, which you can use to enjoy yourself, relax, or have some family time.
“However, we usually just end up in front of the TV or on social media.
“On the other side of the coin, cooking together is a great way to bond with your family, while cooking alone is wonderful for relaxation.”