Apartment Life Guide: Cooking Edition

If you’re making the big move from dorm to an apartment this semester, be prepared for some changes. While some of these can be challenging, most of the changes are really fun! One of the coolest parts of moving off campus? Living somewhere with a full kitchen where you can cook your own meals! Gone are the days of sad microwaved mac and cheese in your tiny dorm room, or finding yourself in a food rut at the cafeteria.

And fine, we know that some of you may consider this a challenging aspect of living on your own, especially if you’re coming from a home where mom or dad handled all the cooking. However, college is all about learning new things and that whole “feeding yourself life skill” is one you should probably learn eventually.

Ready to take on the task? We’ve got some cooking tips, our go-to cooking supplies, and favorite recipes for you to try out! Who knows – maybe cooking will become one of your favorite parts of living off campus!

Or, maybe you’ll go running back to the cafeteria before that pasta water even boils. But hey, it’s worth a shot!

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Cooking Essentials:

  • Frying Pan w/ Lid
  • Pot w/ Lid
  • Spatula, Wooden Spoon, Peeler, Whisk
  • Knife for Cutting Vegetables
  • Pasta Strainer
  • Silverware, Plates, Bowls, Cups
  • Olive oil/Coconut oil/Vegetable oil
  • Dish soap, Dish towel, Paper towels
  • Cookie Sheet/Foil
  • Tupperware
  • Measuring Cups
  • Cutting Board

Cooking Tips:

  • Make large batches of food during the weekend and store in Tupperware. This way, you won’t have to cook much during the week! Some people call it “meal prep”, but we just think it’s smart cooking!
  • Pasta is always a great quick meal if you don’t have too much time to cook. Boil the pasta up and sauté some veggies to make a quick and healthy dish. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even try and tackle your very own pasta sauce…but the pre-made stuff can be pretty good too.
  • Spices make everything taste great – pick out some of your favorites and add whatever sounds good, it’s always fun to experiment a bit with your cooking! If you’re unsure of what to add, you can almost never go wrong with a pinch of garlic and onion!


Recipes to Try:

Written by Guest Blogger, Ilana S. of Rutgers U


Feeling like a ‘seasoned’ chef pro now!? Share your college cooking stories (good AND bad) or tips with us on Twitter or in the Comments below!


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