I feel like at University a lot of people fear having to cook for themselves. I personally never had this problem because I cooked a lot at home, but for a lot of my flatmates this was their first time having to cook all of their own meals, and it can be a little daunting. However, there are ways to make it easier for yourself, and plenty of things you can buy to make the whole cooking process a lot easier, a lot of which are cupboard items that you can buy with your parents before you even head off!
Therefore, I figured I’d give a little shopping list of the kind of items that make cooking for yourself a whole lot easier…
1) The ‘So Tender’ Paper Seasoning Packets
We all love food with flavour, but sometimes when you’re away from home it’s hard to own all the necessary seasonings or even know what to do with them. These packs come with 4 sheets of grease-proof paper already coated in the seasoning you need. You can wrap them around meats and pop them in the oven/frying pan and they’ll flavour your food for you, pretty mess/effort free. They’re tasty and quick and available in many different flavours, such as:
I’ve included Tesco links, but they can be picked up from almost any grocery store.
2) Frozen Chopped Onions
Okay these obviously can’t be bought in advance because… well they’d thaw, but once I realised these existed I was wowed by they’re genius. The flavour isn’t as strong as a fresh onion, but if you’re anything like me and cry every time you chop onions, and you don’t want to cry in front of these strangers you don’t know, then these are the perfect quick and easy food hack for you!
These can also be picked up from most grocery stores, just have a look…
3) Little Pesto Pots
If you, like me, are a lover of pesto pasta then I strongly recommend the Sacla pesto pots. You see, I don’t know if anyone else has this problem but Pesto jars tend to go mouldy in the fridge pretty quickly, so unless you’re gonna eat the whole jar within a week (which to be honest, I have many times, I approve), I find that the little pots are easy to reduce the chance of moldiness and have your pesto last longer. They’re exactly what they say on the tin (pot): a pack of 4 little 50g pots of pesto that can stay in your cupboard and don’t go off as quickly. Plus, in my opinion they’re the perfect portion size (and I’m a person that’s never stingy with the sauce…)
4) Instant Coffee
Before Uni I never believed in the power of coffee… Like I knew it was supposed to wake you up but I wasn’t sure how much it actually worked… Since I’ve started, I’ve realised that it really does work. 9am lecture? 3 hour exam you’re scared of falling asleep in? I don’t drink it very often, but it sure has given me a boost when I need it. If you don’t like it/barely like it (I feel you, I like the smell more than I like the taste) try 1/4 tablespoon of coffee, like 3 sugars (I actually use Canderel) and a whole lot of milk, or mix with insta hot chocolate for a DIY mocha.
My favourite brand is Nescafe Azera but I only buy it on offer because it’s expensive for a student…
And there you have it, my top 4 food hacks for University! If you’re very worried about cooking for yourself, other general tips would probably be to:
- Pick 3 or 4 of your favourite home meals and get your parents to teach you how to make them/write down the recipe
- Watch cooking shows/youtube videos
- Ask your flatmates what/how they cook
- Just have fun and experiment! Cooking can actually be pretty fun!
Hope you guys enjoyed this post, if you’d like me to do some posts on recipes, or want some meal ideas in general, check out my other my food mentality posts for a bunch of easy healthy student meals!
Lots of love,
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