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5 Student Cooking Tips To Get You Through Uni
Let’s be honest. Unless your dad is Jamie Oliver, you probably don’t know much about cooking. The last time you tried frying eggs you nearly burnt the kitchen down. The whole experience shattered your confidence. So, you now spend your weekdays at uni eating nothing but instant noodles and chips so that you have enough money to binge on pizza and kebabs all weekend with your flat mates.
It doesn’t have to be that way! There are plenty of easy cooking tips out there to help make your life a little less stressful.
Here are five top tips that will help you get started with cooking at uni.
Tip #1: Get Your Equipment
Before you start cooking, make sure you have all the necessary equipment at hand. You might want to start by asking your mum if she has any of equipment she no longer uses. Saves you some cash! You’ll need:
• Small frying pan
• Wok or large frying pan (with lid)
• Saucepans (small, medium and large, all with lids)
• Small casserole dish
• Baking trays
• Mixing bowl
• Chopping board
• Wooden spoons
• Slotted spoon
• Tin opener
• Bottle opener
• Measuring Jug
• Plastic containers for storing leftovers
Tip #2: Stock cupboard with basic ingredients
With these basic ingredients you can more or less cook up anything. Don’t buy too much though – you don’t want to be moving out in the summer wondering what to do with half a kilo of flour and 3 loose potatoes. Stock up on things like:
• Salt and pepper
• Herbs and Spices (because nobody likes bland food!)
• Flour (plain and self-raising)
• Pasta (we recommend spaghetti)
• Rice (the bigger the bag, the cheaper)
• Tins of beans
• Milk (Stock up on UHT milk if you’re on a budget)
Tip #3: Load up on Basic food
You’re not always going to have the time or energy to make something fancy. That’s why it’s super ideal to have some basic foods in the cupboard for when you just want to make something on the go. Make sure you’ve got some:
• Jacket Potatoes
• Eggs (a quick omelette
Tip #4: Buy Bulk for convenience
Bulk-buying is the most effective way of saving money in the long run; buying everyday items in large quantities usually works out cheaper than when you buy them separately. Also, it saves you having to pay a trip to the shops every few days!
If you’re looking for a reliable ‘go-to’ supermarket that’s good value for money, it’s worth paying a visit to Co-op – they have their own label products that are high quality and deliver on price. They’ll also save you extra cash with your TOTUM card – giving you 10% off your groceries. That extra cash could total to a good amount of money that you can put towards your nights out and holiday getaways.
Tip #5: Meal prep
Depending on how motivated you’re feeling, meal prepping can either be extremely fun or extremely tiring. Although it takes time and good planning, prepping your meals will not only mean that you’re eating healthily and not skipping meals, it’ll also save you a lot of money in the long run.
The best place to start is to sit down and think about your schedule and plans for the week ahead. Once you have a clear idea of how many meals you need to make, make a schedule. And stick to it.
Sunday is the most obvious day to do your meal prep as there’s usually not much going on; but choose whichever date suits you best. Prepping with a friend can be good food and will save you a lot of time.
P.s. there’s no better feeling than waking up in the morning not having to stress about what you’re going to eat for breakfast. Believe me.
Planning on cooking up something fancy to impress your friends this weekend? Check out the ‘Irresistible range’ at Co-op. From rich, delicious Beef Ragu with Pappardelle to the breakfast delights of smoked bacon, your pals will have plenty to compliment you about.
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