College starter kit?


#1

Actually, this could apply wider than college, but… My son will move to a shared apartment or house in the Fall and he’s been experimenting with cooking in anticipation of this life change.

I’d like to gather a kit of cooking tools for him and wonder if there’s something I’m not mindful of. So far, I think:

Chef’s knife
Skillet (stainless)
Smaller skillet (nonstick)
Microplane
Grater
Colander
Stock pot
Peeler
Good pepper mill

What are your kitchen essentials when restricted in space, time and money?


(John Hartley) #2

Timely thread, Bada. My nephew did his degree at a university within commuting distance but, in September, will be starting his master’s course a couple of hundred miles away. I’d thought we’d buy him a “starter kit”, so I’m interested to see what suggestions are made here. Obviously depends on what might be supplied as part of his student accommodation - but I’m assuming that we’ll be starting from zero. I know IKEA does budget range packs of crockery and glassware and wonder if they do similar for the “tools of the trade”.

Non-stick pans and decent knives were already on my list.


#3

Cheap plastic cutting board (s)

Disposable containers for left overs. I love those things. When I don’t feel like cleaning I just throw them out lol.


(Andrea) #4

Whisks and spatulas, wooden spoons, measuring cups and spoons, smaller pots in the 1-4 qt range, cookie sheets or sheet pans, mixing/prep bowls in various sizes, Tupperware for leftovers, a baking pan or two if he’s ever going to make brownies or a birthday cake (even if from a box), paring knife, bread knife.


#5

My dorm room never had an oven! Nice list.

Will there be an oven?


#6

My niece appreciated the big How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman, with its emphasis on learning to be creative with the basic recipes.


#7

Funny that this morning I gave him exactly that book from my collection! I did say that I don’t think it’s great with “ethnic” foods and a little soft on spices, but a solid book.


#8

What kinds of things does he like to eat, and thus most interested in cooking?

If he has access to outdoor space, a grill will make him very popular. He can cook and socialize at the same time. I think he has to be realistic about how often he can cook, given schoolwork and social life. It is a big change and there is a huge demand on his time.

I like the ideas of containers. Cook a big batch, freeze. Unfreeze to eat when busy and don’t feel like cooking.


#9

Grill is probably out, but containers is among the many good ideas. I realize I left out mixing bowls, too.


#10

As to what he likes to eat, he’s all over the place, like his Dad.


(Dan) #11

Ziplock bags, variety of sizes. They take up less space than plastic containers, stack well in frig and freezerand great on the go…so, in addition to a few containers…ziplock bags.

Spray oil is easier to deal with than bottled oil if good deal of cooking is expected.

Our son used a blender quite alot. My niece tells me, a Kerig for food stuffs that require boiled water…plus kcups and a rented microwave are typical.

Manual can opener.


(Andrea) #12

I read it as the son will be moving out of the dorms and sharing a house with other students. Hopefully that would include an oven!


#13

I have a 4 piece pasta pot that has a strainer and steamer basket with a glass top - saves you from having to get a colander and separate stock pot and stacks together so saves space.


#14

I’d have loved a small rice cooker.


#15

Most important to me at that point in time (and who am i kidding to this very day) was the coffee situation!
A simple non-glass french press would be my vote.
+1 for a small rice cooker

Probably a good idea to co-ordinate with future roommates so they don’t end up with three toasters and no can opener.

A big spoon
some tongs
Silicone spatula,
different colored plastic cutting boards (ie yellow= poultry, green = produce)
Paring knife
Oxo can opener (only one I haven’t managed to break)
Ice cube trays


#16

Thinking back many years - a gift card to a local market so I could afford something nice to cook!


#17

Tongs
Pancake turner
Potholder/oven mitt
Meat thermometer (handy for someone not yet used to meat cooking times)


(Ailsa Konzelman) #18

A can opener on top of what others have already suggested.


#19

A copper bowl, a whisk, and a soufflé dish. :wink:


(Doo B. Wah) #20

Your handwritten recipes of their favorite dishes.

My kiddo is 28 and I still send him care packages with everything but the fresh ingredients and a handwritten recipe. I have one now for Spaghetti and Meat Sauce just about ready to go.