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Everything You Need To Know About Dorm Room Cooking

Lili Kiefer, Writer

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You have probably been in this particular predicament before. You go to the cafeteria, and you are not exactly loving what they have to offer, and you can’t go out this week, because you are just flat broke this month. So what does one do with themselves in this particular predicament?

Wel,l do not fear. All is not lost! Because this week, I have decided to provide you with a few tips on how you can safely and nutritiously cook in your dorm room or common kitchen (if you have access to one).  Furthermore, if your cooking is as disastrous as mine, you may want to pay close attention to these tips so that your dorm doesn’t end up looking like a hot mess. The kind of hot mess where you may end up burning your chicken or worse the dorm building. But these practical tips will certainly help prevent that!

First and most importantly, make sure that you are allowed to have a microwave, rice cooker, indoor grill, or electric skillet in your room. If you are not allowed these things in your dorm and you happen to use them you could be in big trouble, especially if you do happen to cause a fire and hurt someone.

Next, always make sure that when you are done with a particular appliance that you unplug it and let it cool off completely before storing it away.

Another thing is: Never walk away or leave anything that you are cooking whether that is on the grill, in a skillet, or in the microwave.

Whatever you do, make sure that you clean up right away when you are done cooking. If you don’t you will only be attracting unwanted little critters.

In addition, make sure that you wrap and refrigerate leftovers.  And, remember Tupperware can be your best friend when it comes to storing leftovers that do not need to be refrigerated. Remember, don’t get mad, get GLAD!

Also make sure that your refrigerator can hold food at the temperature of 38 degrees or less. If you are not sure, then use a thermometer to keep track of the temperature.

Lastly, if you are not exactly a gourmet chef, there are some very easy, quick things you can make by just simply using the microwave in your dorm room.

For starters, you can take some bagged salad and top that with some precooked chicken, vegetables, and shredded cheese (heated for a minute or two). A simple meal like this can be effortless!

Sandwiches and canned soups are some easy and quick meals one can always whip up! You can also make wraps with some tortillas and deli meats. Lastly, one of the easiest  and simplest things to make in your dorm especially when heading on your way to that early 8:00 class is none other than good old Mr. Quaker’s oatmeal. We all know how we love that Mr. Quaker!

I can promise you that if you follow these practical tips you will be on your way to better dorm room cooking in no time!

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