A few days ago, The New York Times reported on a study by NPD Group, which performs an annual Kitchen Audit to see what Americans are keeping in their kitchens and how they are using these items. This year, the audit found that eggs and cheddar cheese are two items that are pretty much “must-haves” for most Americans, with nearly 9 out of 10 always keeping eggs in their kitchen and almost 6 out of 10 have Cheddar cheese and yogurt on hand.

Totally agree. I almost have a panic attack if I don’t have cheese in my kitchen. Although, I thought only Wisconsinites had an obsession with Cheddar. Guess not.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the study is the changes in what types of food a household has based on how many people live there:

The report also found that what Americans keep in their kitchens depends to a large extent on the number of people in their homes. Larger households are more likely than one-member households to have “kid-friendly” items like sugary baking ingredients and candy. Only 30 percent of one-member households have marshmallows on hand, but that figure jumps to 59 percent in households with five people or more. A similar pattern is seen with frosting, dips and cake mixes.

And we wonder why our kids have higher rates of diabetes and obesity. Why does “sugar” mean “kid-friendly”? Perhaps they need more cake mixes than one-member households because they celebrate more birthdays?

 

What items do you always have on hand in your kitchen? Is cheese a must?



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