Cooking 102

31 Aug

Heather Kessler, Purdue University Student and Peer Counselor
www.purdue.edu/mymoney

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Now you have your healthy food items, a recipe that you are willing to try out, but what do you use to cook? Some recipes call for a food processor or five spices and herbs in one dish. What is necessary and what can you do without? After all college students are on a tight budget!

Some cooking necessities include:

  • Pots and Pans – cooking on the stove is easy, and you don’t necessarily need a twelve or twenty-four piece set to get started. A skillet, frying pan, and pot with a lid should be enough to begin.
  • Knives – invest in a well-sharpened knife, and again ten knives are not needed to start. Get a couple different loans varying in size.
  • Cutting boards – get one for meat only, and another one for everything else.
  • Cooking utensils – a couple spoons for stirring, a spatula, a rubber scraper, and a whisk should get you started
  • Food storage containers – they will be helpful for leftovers and taking food to campus or work
  • Mixing bowls – one big and one small would be great to start
  • Colander or Strainer
  • Can opener
  • Anything that you are passionate about and will use often. I LOVE my crockpot! My dinner is able to cook all day while I am at school or work, and I come home to a meal ready to go. If you love baking and will do it a lot, you may want to invest in a hand-held electric mixer for those cookies and cupcakes. Or maybe you love smoothies and would like a cheaper alternative to Freshens at the Co-Rec. A blender is an easy and cheaper option for making delicious smoothies and drinks just to your liking.

This list is not exhaustive. If you have more suggestions for students on different cooking essentials, or something you use regularly, let us know in the comments below!

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