Going to university will likely throw up a fair few new experiences for many students, one of which could well be cooking for themselves on a regular basis. Sure, there are bound to be many a takeaway, but cooking is something that’s simply unavoidable, especially if you don’t live in catered halls.
If you’re going to university soon, here are some essential cooking tips to ensure you won’t go hungry or poison your housemates…
Practice before you go
Before you head off to university, make sure you practice your cooking so that you at least have an idea of what you’re doing when you get there. Even just simple things like learning how to boil an egg could prove vital when that’s all you have in the cupboards. You’ll also impress your housemates if you know a thing or two when you first arrive.
Get some decent cooking equipment
Having some good cooking equipment will make life a lot easier when it comes to cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Pots, pans and some good knives are a staple that everyone needs in the kitchen but there are plenty of other items that can help such as colanders, peelers, whisks, etc. And decent cooking equipment doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. Places such as www.electricshop.com have plenty of products that won’t cost a fortune, which is ideal for a student’s budget.
Have a few ‘go-to’ meals
Whilst you may want to flex your culinary muscles at times, it’s always good to have a few go-to meals you can rely on. You may not have much time in between studying and drinking, so having something quick you can make is always handy. Meals such as spaghetti bolognese, curry or cottage pie are nice and hearty and can be made in bulk to feed several people. Good Housekeeping has some great student recipes.
Cook for everyone
Sometimes you might just be cooking for yourself but if you can then you should try and cook for the whole of your student house or halls corridor. This will have various benefits, including reducing food bills, utility bills, washing up and congestion in the kitchen. You can take it in turns to cook so that everyone pulls their weight at meal times.
This doesn’t strictly count as cooking, but it’s still important. Plan your meals in advance so that when you go to the supermarket you know exactly what you need to buy and won’t end up buying a load of stuff you don’t need. This will save you money and time and should take some of the stress out of cooking.
Get a toastie maker
Because every student needs one. When you get in after a night out and you’re feeling peckish then there are few greater things in life than a cheese toastie. A bacon and brie toastie with some red onion chutney is an absolute winner!
Get some takeaway menus.
You know, just in case.