A monthly series where I round up must-have kitchen tools to help you save time and have more fun in the kitchen. This month's focus is on college kitchen tools.
Planning for college? Don't forget about the college kitchen. Every college student needs reliable, long-lasting kitchen tools no matter what year they are in college. As you shop for college kitchen tools, I've taken the hassle out of searching for the perfect college kitchen tool, one that won't break the first time it's being used, and one that can stand up to the heat that comes from the kitchen. I've compiled list of college kitchen tools that sets your college student up for success in the kitchen. (It might even cause some envy from their roommates!)
When I'm shopping for college kitchen tools, I want tools that are:
- So useful I will use them very frequently
- Easy to use, not complicated
- Made with high quality materials that withstand the cooking process
- Make cooking more efficient and fun
- Last a long time so I'm not wasting my time and money
Recently I had a client who needed a can opener and she went to a big box store to get it. She used it for a week, and the blades were caked in food. Then it broke after just a few days. Cost? $20 + a lot of time and frustration (not to mention the bacteria covered blades being exposed to every new can of food she opened -- not safe). Lesson? Don't spend your money on junk. College already costs enough!
I'm helping you save time and money by rounding up college kitchen tools for dorm or apartment cooking. Heck, they will even work great in the camper! These tools are useful, they will be used frequently, they are made with high quality materials, and they last. They definitely make cooking more efficient and fun.
As a kitchen consultant with Pampered Chef, I am here to help you save time and money. Here's a list of top kitchen tools every college student needs:
You can bet that this tool will get a lot of use! From pizza to pancakes to waffles and dessert. Completely dishwasher safe, this is a dual purpose tool. Cut through your pizza and crust at the same time using one tool. Instead of getting out your knife to cut through the ends of the pizza, you can do it with the crust cutter. Perfect for round and high rimmed pizza pans.
Everyone needs a piece of stoneware. Why? These stones work in three cooking methods, making them so versatile. Heat food in the microwave, oven, or toaster oven. Heat pizza, dessert, and even reheat leftovers. Perfect for those late night pizzas.
A simple way to steam vegetables, reheat leftovers, cook ground beef or even a chicken breast all in the microwave. Dishwasher safe. Even has drainage holes on the lid to drain out liquid and let steam escape!
So easy to use - my kids love making their own popcorn in a jiffy! Late night bowls of popcorn only require popcorn kernels and butter and salt. You will save money and time and space. Bowl collapses for storage. Dishwasher safe.
Studying late sometimes means a craving for dessert! Use this 4 quart bowl when it's open to mix up a batch of cookies or brownies, or use the bowl collapsed as a serving tray for chips and salsa. Takes up hardly any space! Dishwasher safe.
One of my favorite knives since it's so sharp and makes cutting so smooth. An all-purpose knife for fruit, vegetables, sandwiches and whatever else you need to cut! Super sharp. Non stick coating makes it easy to clean. Has a full tang meaning the metal goes all the way through the handle - strong and durable.
I love how these mats are small and easy to store, measuring only 10 inches across. With a set of three, you will prevent cross contamination, have the flexibility of having three spaces to cut if needed. Dishwasher safe and flexes so you can pour your just-cut foods right into your dish.
I love that this kitchen tool can make a fast breakfast, lunch or dinner for one! Oatmeal doesn't boil over, eggs can be cooked with some cut vegetables, cheese, and ham, and you can even make a one person lasagna or cake. Just spray it with non-stick cooking spray before cooking to make clean up a breeze! Dishwasher safe.
No sharp edges - ever! My all-time favorite can opener. It cuts and does not leave a single edge for your finger to get cut on. And the food never touches the blade! Even has a three year warranty.
I use my small batter bowl for whisking eggs, making pancakes, and melting butter and cooking in the microwave. It also has measuring marks. Microwave, dishwasher, freezer and oven safe to 350 degrees.
To eat healthier, the right tools are essential. That's why I love this apple wedger. It makes apple eating so much better! Pair that apple with peanut butter or cheese cubes for a delicious snack! It also works for pears!
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