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College student who cant eat Kraft Dinner anymore

post #1 of 11
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Hey everyone, thanks for taking the time to read my post :lips:

I am a student and am in dire need of adding to my cooking repertoire before I develop some sort of chemical defiency to kraft dinner.

I was wondering if any of you experts here could help me get started? I am interested in cooking healthy items, preferrably in large quantitys, as I am a student and dont always have time to cook every night for an hour or two. I work out quite often so protien would be important as well.

I am also curious as to what kind of supplies I would need: pots, pans, spices, chopping boards, ?

I really want to up my cooking skill and use herbs and spices to bring out the flavour in my food rather than relying on pre-made packages of random powder.

Thanks very much for any help you can give me. :roll:
post #2 of 11
I Zipfel and welcome to Chef Talk. We've had others inquire about the same things, and I can confirm you've come to the right place! As you posted this in the Welcome Forum, I'm going to move it to the Food and Cooking Questions and Discussion forum, where it'll have a wider audience.

My compliments to you on realizing that a diet of mostly processed food isn't good for you! You'll also gain an outlet for creativity and have some fun, too.

Visit and participate often! See you around,
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post #3 of 11
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Hey Mezzaluna,

Thanks very much for the warm welcome and sorry for posting in the wrong forum there, my bad.

I am really excited and am willing to go and get what ever I need to get started.

My room mates always have these crazy and sometimes expensive herbs and are always cooking.. maybe not the most delicious, but most satisfying meals I have ever had. And not that the taste is bad at all, I think I just like it because its something new and fresh from the usual burger and fries, pizza, spaghetti etc.

I also really dont want to waste food, for example when bananas are about to go bad I have been told to put them in the freezer for 30 minutes then in the fridge for a while, then i could make some banana bread. Stuff like that would be awesome to learn, but I dont have the pans or ingredients or anything really. I am very new and have just realized what an important skill cooking is.

Thanks again for any help :)
post #4 of 11
You're welcome, zipfel, Don't worry about the location of the post. :D

You will need a small collection of pots and pans. Please don't go out and buy a set, no matter the price! Chances are quite good that you'll be buying at least a few pieces you won't use. I'll leave it to others to suggest which pots/pans to get, but one frying pan should be nonstick for cooking eggs. The rest can be stainless steel.

You'll also need a few baking pans: a baking sheet with shallow sides (a half-sheet pan is good and is quite inexpensive); two nine-inch cake pans; a loaf pan; a 12-well muffin/cupcake tin; and a 9" X 13" baking pan.

Let's see what other advice you garner. :)

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post #5 of 11
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Thanks Mez,

Here is what I have so far. haha not alot but I lost a few items over the past little while.

A 2 litre betty crocker pot from wal-mart and an 8oz sauce pan that is good for eggs. :) both are fairly new, I also had a wok from Ikea but I lost it. I found a perfect pot for making some soups/stews but it was also $499 which is a little out of my budjet as I am a student.


I do have a picture of all my stuffs but I am not allowed to post it yet.

I am hoping to cook maybe once to twice a week with enough quantitys to last a while. I am also a hungry guy so haha the more the better :)
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
My picture is below :rolleyes::roll:
post #7 of 11
When I was in a college dorm, I found a rice cooker great. You can make more than just rice . . steam veges, or even start with plain rice and top it with veges, meat, herbs, nuts, whatever, once the water level goes below the rice.
post #8 of 11
Or a type of Indian pulao/biryani preparation.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks AndyG, I will put a rice cooker on my list, any recomendations of a certain brand, size, type?
post #10 of 11
I've only used a couple of brands of rice cookers, and both worked very well. The size would depend on how you plan to use it.
post #11 of 11
Hi Zipfel - Welcome!

Just a few questions so we can help you out.
1. What facilities do you have to cook on - e.g. stove top, oven, broiler, microwave, bbq, lots of freezer space?
2. Are you already stocked up with cutting knives, spatulas, whisks etc?
3. What kind of foods do you like? Say casseroles, soups, stews, stir fry, baked goodies...potatoes, chicken, beef, lamb, deserts, veg combos, noodles...what kind of cuisine would you like to cook the most?

There's a lot of basic foods and simple methods to make many an interesting meal. Some info on your preferences would be a good start.

And you can also pick up bargains of pre-loved goods in the second hand shops.
No need to be ashamed about it - student budgets often don't stretch very far, so if you hadn't considered it, don't dismiss it as a suggestion. I bought a blender 10 years ago second hand and it hasn't missed a beat, for a fraction of the cost of a new one.
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