On the grill at Benihana, they may make those volcanos out of onions, but here in Korea, they create edible egg cups! You place a thick cut onion slice on the grill, crack an egg into it, then top it with cheese and curry powder. It cooks as you grill your meat around it, and you can eat it when it gets to the hardness you prefer!
I’m quickly approaching my last few days of dorm living, so I thought I would go through some of the most vital tools that I use to cook in my dorm room. I rarely buy food at the dining hall because the food is typically disgusting and unhealthy. By cooking food myself, I am able to have a more customized diet and I also save a lot of money on my dining account!
You can find plenty of lists online that will tell you that a microwave or a tea kettle are important for college, and I agree! These appliances have really helped me out. But I also think that I have some unique tools that have really impacted my ability to easily cook meals in my room.
1. Electric Skillet
By far what I use most to cook dinner each night is my electric skillet. These babies are so versatile. You can bake casseroles, “grill” steaks, and scramble eggs! Pretty much anything you can make in a pan (and more) is possible in an electric skillet. They’re pretty easy to clean in the sink, and can easily be stored in your closet or a cabinet.
This skillet costs less that $20 on amazon, and there are plenty on the market between $20 and $40.
College cooking tends to be pretty bland at times. The best way to liven up your meals is by having a few important spices on hand. I recommend checking out the bulk section of your local grocery store, you may even have one on campus. The spices I used most often are paprika, oregano, cumin and garlic salt. It really depends on what flavor profiles you prefer, but having just a few can go a long way.
If you’re looking for a simple way to grab a few spices that won’t take up a ton of space, this multi-spice pack is a great option. It is around $8 on amazon, but you can also find them at several stores such as target or Walmart.
3. Mason Jars
Mason jars aren’t just trendy, they’re SUPER versatile. Mason jars can be used to store ingredients, make mason jar salads, mix ingredients together (shake it up!) and so much more. If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, check out pinterest.
You can obviously pick these up at any grocery store, but you can also get these colored ones on Amazon for about $11.
4. Measuring Cup
Sometimes easier to just throw in a little and hope for the best than measure out everything exactly. This has actually been a lifesaver. Its really simple to measure a bunch of things, takes up minimal space, and is super easy to clean. It is also microwave safe! If you’re on any sort of diet, measuring your food is important! In addition, it’ll help you stay closer to the taste of the original recipe.
You can buy Pyrex in tons of different stores, but you can also find this measuring cup for a pretty great price on Amazon for about $8. If you’re buying a non-pyrex cup, make sure to check if it is microwave safe or not!
5. Large Microwave safe Bowls
Last, but definitely not least are these bowls that are super essential for cooking. Being able to cook things in the microwave is very important. I throw some cauliflower and water in, and it steams in 5 minutes. You can also heat up soups, and even scramble eggs.
These bowls are especially college-friendly. They are collapsable! When you’re not using them to microwave your delicious meals, you can store them in your small dorm room drawers. You can find this set of 3 for under $15 on amazon.
I hope that this list was helpful! Cooking in a dorm room is not impossible, and can be healthy, quick, and delicious. Do you cook in your dorm room? What do you use to make the process simpler?