Whether you never made it to your dorm in the first place or you’re heading back after a surprise extended stay with Mom and Dad, you might need some dorm cooking essentials to ease the transition. Yes, your total living space might be shrinking exponentially but that’s a small price to pay for being back on your own — or, you know, finally on your own for the first time.
Whatever the case, you may not have a home-cooked dinner waiting for you at 6 p.m. sharp anymore. So the time to learn a few dorm cooking hacks is now, and we’ve got all the gear you need. Cooking in a college dorm is possible but has its challenges. It’s a little bit like camping, only indoors and for 15 weeks straight. Oh, and you have electricity.
You’re likely not going to be whipping up lasagna and three-layer cakes in your 12-by-12-foot box, but you’ll be amazed at the culinary feats you can accomplish with just a few simple (and brilliant) tools. If you find yourself in limbo at your parental home base or elsewhere, looking at a longer period of distance learning, a lot of these gadgets still come in handy for feeding yourself, even if you’re only at Level 101 cooking.
These are just a few absolute dorm cooking essentials every college student should own.
If your dorm room doesn’t already include a refrigerator-freezer, then you’ve got to get a mini version. It’s a must. If your dorm room is currently your childhood bedroom or basement, it’s still nice to have a dedicated place to put your snacks. This retro-styled 3.2-cubic-foot dry-erase refrigerator with neon markers is stylish and lets you write and erase lists and notes right on the fridge door — whether it’s a warning to stop stealing your oat milk or a note to self about next week’s Zoom class schedule.
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