If you`re not a big fan of cafeterias or fast food and you`re wondering how to cook in your dorm room, you have come to the right place! Before you even start thinking about appliances and recipes, make sure that your dorm rules allow you to cook in your dorm room (or, in some cases, in the common kitchen). If your dorm does not allow cooking, you may get into some trouble if you’re caught.
When you’re cooking in your dorm, keep it simple and get creative, but do not sacrifice the quality of your food. You may want to invest in some small appliances, such as a microwave, but you don’t have to invest thousands of dollars in cooking appliances. You can use a microwave for a variety of foods, including eggs, semi-prepared food, and even desserts. There are many recipes for “mug cakes,” which only require a few ingredients and can be made in just five minutes in a microwave.
Another handy appliance and a great investment is a crock-pot. You can use it for a variety of healthy, cheap dishes, that do not require a lot of work. What`s great about a crock-pot is that you can throw a bunch of ingredients inside, set it to a specific temperature and time, and it will do the rest. Make sure not to leave the crock-pot unattended, though!
If you`re also the owner of a mini-grill, you, my friend, are a lucky college student! The easiest dinner that can be made in a dorm room is a steak with a salad on the side. Make sure to properly clean the grill after you use it so it lasts. You can use baking soda to keep it clean.
Make sure to invest in a mini fridge to properly store all your leftovers. Since these fridges do not always stay at the proper temperature, you might want to keep a thermometer inside it, so that you check if your food is being held at 38° or less. You can also use your fridge to make some no-bake treats, such as fudge bars and raw cakes. There are many recipes out there for such desserts. You don’t even have to use all the ingredients in the recipe; just combine what you have, replace what you don`t, get creative, and have fun with it!
There is a wide range of cooking ideas and recipes for people like students who don’t have a lot of space, ingredients, or appliances. You can find a recipe for almost anything you would want to make online. There are several websites designed especially for low-budget college students, and asking your mom for dinner ideas can’t hurt, either. If you don’t have time to cook, you can always rely on sandwiches, canned soup, and salads.
Cooking in your dorm room might seem intimidating, but you’ll get the hang of it before you know it. Just experiment a little and you’ll soon find that it’s easy and fun to prepare your own meals.