Cooking in College: Tips in the Kitchen

Before I started living on my own in college, I was pretty much incapable of making anything in the kitchen. Let’s be honest, I could barely make toast. But after a few simple tips and a little practice, I’ve learned to hold my own and cook for other people.

What I’ve realized is that most guys, myself included, don’t spend much time in the kitchen before they are forced to live on their own. I decided that I wanted to learn how to cook so that I could eat well, but also so I could throw dinner parties (girls love it when you cook for them). But after deciding I wanted to start cooking in college, I had no idea where to begin. So, like any other guy, I asked my mom and sister for advice and a few tips to get me started to become a master chef in the kitchen.

  1. Learn how to grill: It’s easy and you can start making all types of meat. Plus, whenever there is a BBQ or gathering, you can impress others by manning the grill.
  2. One dish at a time: There is no need to be fancy. Start by focusing on one dish and not multitasking. This will get you more familiar in the kitchen and you won’t set anything on fire.
  3. Start simple: Learning to make the basic staples like pasta, eggs, cookies, and vegetables will allow you to fulfill a relatively complete meal or balance your diet.
  4. Ask around: Ask your relatives and friends for easy recipes. You’d be surprised on how many things taste good and are easy to make. Everyone has little tips that will help, and by asking as many people as possible, not only will you broaden your cooking horizons, but you also accumulate knowledge.
  5. Tools: There are a million things that people use to cook. In college, you might not have all the pots, pans, and utensils you need. Ultimately, you can cook the majority of meals with 3 simple tools: a pot with a top (for boiling noodles and vegetables), a skillet (great for meat and eggs), and a baking sheet (for pizzas, cookies, vegetables, etc.). The better you get, the more specific utensils and tools you can obtain.

So go ahead - put on your chef hat and begin experimenting in the kitchen. Follow these tips and you're on your way to becoming a sound college culinary master.

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