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A Guide to University Kitchen Essentials

Published Wednesday, 05 September, 2012 by Zoe

In the lead up to the university term starting, supermarkets and department stores around the country will be welcoming students with open arms as they do their critical pre-uni shopping. In our earlier university checklist post we went through some of the essential items which need to be considered, including stationery, key documents to remember and not forgetting the all important fancy dress accessories. For some students this will be the first time away from home and the first time they will need to think about cooking for themselves, which is why we have dedicated an entire post to the glorious kitchen.

There are three elements to our university kitchen guide which we think will cover off all you need to know in order to be prepared for all culinary eventualities throughout your university journey. Whether you are in halls of residence which are semi-catered, fully catered or self-catering or whether you are sharing a house for the first time - you will be sure to find something in the lists below that will apply to you.

As we mentioned in the uni checklist post, it is always a good idea to contact your halls of residence or landlord or housemates before you start buying items to make sure you don't end up with more than one of the same appliance or utensil in the house. As for store cupboard essentials, if it is agreed in your shared accommodation that each student will have his or her own cupboard then all of these will be needed at some point during your uni stay - if in halls then you will need to assess how much cupboard space you will have.

The first list encompasses essential kitchen appliances and utensils:

  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Toastie Maker
  • Tin Opener
  • Bottle Opener/Corkscrew
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Garlic Crusher
  • Grater
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Masher
  • Colander
  • Sieve
  • Chopping Knives
  • Chopping Board
  • Lemon Squeezer
  • Kitchen Scissors
  • Kitchen Scales
  • Plastic Tubs for Leftovers

Essential kitchen tableware and cooking equipment makes up the second list:

  • Small Casserole Dish
  • Frying Pan
  • Small and Large Saucepans
  • Wok
  • Baking Tray
  • Microwavable Bowl
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Jug
  • Oven Gloves
  • Glasses - wine glasses, pint glasses, tumblers
  • Cutlery - knives, forks, spoons
  • Crockery - plates, bowls, mugs

Our third and final list is made up of store cupboard essential items:

  • Salt and Pepper
  • Mixed Herbs
  • Sugar
  • Hot Drinks (Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, etc.)
  • Olive Oil
  • Vinegar - malt and balsamic
  • Flour
  • Dried Pasta
  • Dried Noodles
  • Rice
  • Tins - baked beans, tuna, chopped tomatoes, coconut milk
  • Sauces - Ketchup, mayonnaise, soy sauce, fish sauce
  • Wholegrain Mustard
  • Stock Cubes - chicken, beef, vegetable
  • Tomato Purée

Don't forget to check out for loads of quick and easy recipes where you can put the above items to good use. Happy cooking!


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  • Copper Utensils 4 years ago

    i’m always totally in love with your posts .! just love your blog ..i’m really looking forward to the release of your cookbook .!!!

  • Cedar Hospitality 4 years ago

    Your Article is really informative, Its helps me to write some interesting topics on Kitchen Appliances.

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