Don’t head off to college without grabbing these cooking essentials.
While your meal plan at college is definitely convenient (and usually required for freshmen to squeeze as many dollars out of you as possible), it can be a pain to drag yourself to the dining hall. Plus, what if hunger strikes during that late night study session when everything is closed?
That’s why having these dorm room cooking essentials on hand is a must. Grab one of these to finish off your back-to-school shopping.
Crockpots and slow cookers are a great option for your dorm. Simply throw all your ingredients in the pot, set the temperature, and let it go. Your food cooks slowly (hence the name), meaning it’ll be done just in time for you to get home from class.
Some dorms don’t allow toaster ovens because they consider it to be an open coil appliance, but if you’re not breaking any rules by having one, pick it up. They have tons of different functions, ensuring you get a hot meal every time.
We all know the magic of air fryers, so it’s no wonder this appliance is a must. Thankfully, they come in a variety of sizes, including this super compact version, which is perfect for dorms. Even if you’re just reheating your leftovers, this is a must have.
Your might be lucky enough to have a mini fridge included in your dorm room already, but we recommend snagging your own personal mini fridge. Keep it by your bed or next to your desk to ensure you always have cold drinks (and your roommates won’t steal them).
Finding easy on-the-go breakfast options while you’re in college can be difficult, but the portable blender has changed that. Simply throw all your smoothie ingredients into the chamber and go! The battery-operated blender will mix up a perfect drink every time.
Sometimes you just want something warm to eat, and that’s not always easy to come by when you’re living in the dorms on campus. Whether you decide to use this adorable waffle maker for breakfast, dessert, or snacks, you know the result will be delicious.
Of course we had to include a coffee maker! Every college student needs one! We love this version from Ninja that offers both capsule coffee or fresh grounds. The attached milk frother will give you a barista-level experience without breaking the bank.
For all my fellow tea-drinkers, we didn’t forget you! Instead of suffering through microwaved hot water for tea (we’ve all been there, and it’s terrible), invest in a sleek electric kettle. Fellow even offers major discounts on their refurbished kettles to save you extra money.
Say hello to the portable hot pot! Unlike slow cookers, this little guy will become your new lunchtime bestie. Simply put your meal into the container and plug it in to heat it up whenever you’re ready to eat. It works quickly so you don’t have to wait long for a hot meal.
If you haven’t invested in a rice cooker, you’ve made a critical error. Ditch the microwave rice and get a quality rice cooker to do the work for you. It will come out perfectly every single time. And plenty of rice cookers are also multifunction and include steaming capabilities and more!
Fry up breakfast in no time with this portable electric fry pan. There’s enough room for eggs, bacon, and hash browns—ideal for that Saturday morning breakfast. Just don’t be surprised if you end up having to feed the entire floor of your dorm.
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