As you embark on your adventure into college, there are some important dorm room preparations that you’ll want to make. After all, your dorm room is the place where you’ll be sleeping, relaxing, studying, and — most importantly — eating.
Even if you do frequent the dining hall or eat off-campus, you’ll probably still want to do at least some basic cooking and snacking in the dorm.
So, grab your notebook, because here’s a quick tutorial to educate you in the art and science of dorm cooking.
Start with the essentials
The mini fridge is great for storing milk, leftovers, and other perishables. While the microwave is useful for heating up a frozen burrito or making popcorn, it can also be used to prepare a full meal. Check below for some easy microwave recipes. If you have the space and plan to do more extensive cooking, you might also want to outfit your dorm with a coffee maker, a portable cooktop, and a crock pot.
Gear up for gourmet (or, well, a dorm-style version of gourmet) with basic seasonings like salt, pepper, and garlic powder for easy flavor. Make sure you also have at least one set of silverware, a few microwave-safe plates and bowls, and a can opener.
Stock up on non-perishables
Non-perishable won’t take up valuable space in your mini fridge, so they’re great to have on hand for snacks or emergency meals.
Some good non-perishable items (besides the far over-used Ramen — c’mon, break that stereotype!) to keep in your dorm are tuna in water, oatmeal, peanut butter, cereal, and canned beans.
Easy, microwave-friendly recipes
- Want something quick, hearty, and comforting? Whip up a baked potato during a late night study session. Just prick the potato several times with a fork tine, then microwave for about 10 minutes, or until the potato is soft, turning once. You can keep it a little bit more moist by wrapping it in a wet paper towel before you microwave it. Cut it in half and top with butter, salt, pepper, and some cheese. Yum.
- Veggies are a great healthy dish to prepare in your dorm. To steam vegetables in the microwave, just place them in a covered bowl with a little bit of water. Cook time will vary depending on the vegetable and quantity. Top your steamed veggies with some of your basic seasonings and cheese. Delicious and nutritious!
- For your roommate’s birthday, try making this microwave cake! It only takes 12 minutes, and there’s no oven required.
- Five minutes and five ingredients gives you a delicious asiago cheese dip. Ideal for snacking or for when you’re hanging out with friends in the dorm.
Know any other dorm cooking tips and tricks? Share them in the comments.