To whip up or to swipe up? Food delivery services and major Australian supermarkets battle it out for the feed.

In the age of convenience where our smartphones are like travelling computers, there isn’t much that we can’t do from these pocket-sized wonder inventions. We can send emails, take photos, search the internet and, to no surprise, we can easily order a three-course meal at a swipe.

But despite the rise of food delivery services like Uber Eats, Menulog, DoorDash and Deliveroo, we’re still surprisingly more inclined to cook at home than to order-in.

Around a third of us (32.4 per cent) eat out at least twice a week. Similarly, just over a third (35.1 per cent) of Australian Hunter and Bligh members order takeaway one to two nights a week too.

If we do decide to treat ourselves with a supreme pizza, a chicken pad Thai or a mixed-grill snack pack, Uber Eats has been named as a favourite delivery option by 35.1 per cent of Australians. Menulog is second favourite (29.3 per cent), and then Deliveroo (12.1 per cent). Aussies also love a bit of variety when it comes to their order, with more than half (51 per cent) changing up their cuisine and retailer every now and then.

Despite the convenience of eating out or ordering in (especially with free delivery), interestingly we love to turn up the heat with our preference for home-cooked meals.

64.9 per cent of Australians cook on most nights.

Even if they are portioned-sized, home-delivered and include everything you need in a nifty meal kit, Hello Fresh, Youfoodz and Light n Easy don’t satisfy everyone’s hunger, with more than three quarters (76 per cent) of home cooks not subscribing to a meal plan. We prefer recipe books and going to the supermarkets to pick and choose our groceries and what we cook.

And although we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping at grocery stores, between Australia’s top contenders, Woolworths is Hunter and Bligh members’ favourite, with nearly half (45.7 per cent) of our Aussie home cooks preferring the fresh food people over their biggest competitor, Coles (34.8 per cent). Aldi and IGA combined were named by just 15.2 per cent of Hunter and Bligh members as their go-to supermarket.

Love to cook? Whip up something new in the kitchen with some inspiration from these 11 digital cooking books you need to download now. Or, you can head to our recipe section for all of our favourite meals like this King Prawn with XO Butter and Lime recipe or the easiest Cinnamon and Blueberry Bagel Bread and Butter Pudding.

Feature image: Photographed by suksawad. Image via Shutterstock.
Data received by Hunter and Bligh and conducted by CoreData Research, a global specialist financial services research and strategy consultancy. The survey was conducted in May 2021 and received results from 1232 Australians.