Student cooking basics – let’s get to grips!
If you will be going to University this year then within the next few weeks, you will have to do your first food shop, by that I mean proper food shop, apparently you cannot live off takeaways and alcohol forever..
If you are already at University and just want a few extra tips on food shopping then be sure to read my top tips on student food shopping below.
So here are a few cooking basics to help you have a better diet and some spare change (trust me, as much as you think its good to eat chicken nuggets for a year – you will feel dreadful!)
5 basic cooking tips
Don’t be afraid of 9p beans, 8p curry sauce, etc. they may not be the best, but spices are your friend, think salt, pepper, oregano & chilli powder (my favourite is 32p Bolognaise sauce, throw in oregano, salt, pepper and a bit of garlic salt & it increases the flavour tenfold!)
Make a list of store cupboard essentials.
A lot of recipes use the same base ingredients, it makes it easier to throw meals together when you cannot be bothered. Check out our student cupboard essentials article for more ideas.
Shop in groups
Chances are you have friends, there is alot of offers, bogof, 2 for whatever price, take advantage of it! Also, take a look at how to save money on food.
Make cooking fun
Cook in groups, get hands on (with the food!!) why not hold your own come dine with me style evenings? On a minimal budget!
Try as best you can to plan meals, make pack ups, and consider your timetables, plans and when you think you will be hungover.
Just enjoy it, the sooner you get the grasp that you have to fend for yourself, the more enjoyable it will be. If you have the time, visit markets for fresh ingredients, go to different supermarkets and pay in cash!(if you set yourself a budget and carry cash, you have less chance of going over – you don’t want to be embarrassed at the till).
It’s simple really, take the time to consider what you are buying, if you have a sweet tooth don’t buy something you will demolish in one go, find something you can snack on over a few days, say fruit drops rather than a bar of chocolate (or even bake your own cakes – that’s what I have taken too!)
Always ask- what can this go with? If nothing, do you need it? When will you eat it? Will it keep?
(I know a lot of the time of time you probably will ignore this advice, but even if you consider a little you might end up with a few spare pounds).Last updated 20th September, 2012