While a greasy slice of pizza is fantastic, we know there comes a time when a warm home-cooked meal is all you need.
You probably won’t be able to recreate your family’s prized shepherd’s pie on your first go, so we’ve decided to lessen the load with seven essential kitchen gadgets that will help you create delicious meals.
First on our list of essentials to take to uni is a blender. The beautiful thing about blenders is that they are versatile and can handle many things. From whipping up milkshakes to creating creamy soups, a blender can be a student’s best friend in the kitchen.
You should look for a compact, easy-to-clean blender like the Breville Blend Active. Thanks to the screw-top lid, you can take your blended creations on the go without having to change containers.
Getting your meats cooked to perfection can be challenging for even the best cooks.
To ease your worry about undercooked chicken and potential illness, we recommend packing a meat thermometer before your move-in.
Meat thermometers make the perfect kitchen tool as they take the guesswork out of cooking meat. They provide you with an accurate reading of the meat’s internal temperature, ensuring that your food is safe to eat!
When you’re trying your hand at cooking, it can be demoralising seeing seasoned cooks casually throwing in ingredients and their dishes turning out perfect at the end. However, when it’s your turn, you ruin the whole meal, and it’s time to call the back-ups; takeaways!
Accurate measurements are crucial in cooking and baking, which is why a kitchen scale is valuable. Instead of relying on guesswork or measuring cups, a scale allows you to measure ingredients by weight. This ensures consistency in your recipes and helps you achieve the desired results whenever you cook or bake.
For the best and most accurate results, try the Salter Digital Scale. This scale allows you to weigh multiple ingredients in one bowl – hooray for fewer dishes!
Can openers are small but easily forgettable tools to pack, but best believe there will come a time when your recipe calls for a can of kidney beans.
If you’ve been caught out without a can opener, you know the hassle of opening cans without an opener is a huge hassle. Opt for a sturdy and easy-to-use can opener that effortlessly opens cans of all sizes. This way, you’ll have quick access to your favourite canned ingredients: soup, beans, or vegetables.
If you want to take things up a notch, check out the JML Hands-Free Automatic Can Opener.
It’s not every day that you want to come back to your flat and whip up a meal fit for a king. So, for those days, we suggest getting a sandwich toaster so you can turn basic sandwiches into warm gourmet delights.
For a charming addition to your student kitchen, look no further than the user-friendly Cookworks Sandwich Toaster. This sandwich toaster fits snugly into your shared kitchen space and offers the convenience of quickly preparing delicious sandwiches. It also comes with a handy 1-year guarantee!
Silicone Cooking Utensils
Your utensils are the foundation of any cooking, so getting the best type is important. For students, we highly recommend a set of silicone cooking utensils over metal.
Silicon utensils are our go-to as they’re heat-resistant, easily cleaned and non-scratching. Also, thanks to their non-stick properties, they’re perfect for flipping pancakes, stirring, and sautéing.
Our go-to recommendation for silicone utensils is Argos Home’s 8 Piece Utensil Set. This practical set comes with a caddy that provides a neat storage solution, ensuring that your utensils are always within reach.
Investing in a vegetable chopper is a surefire way to speed up your cooking process. Vegetable choppers make a super handy addition to your kitchen arsenal, as they can create perfectly diced carrots and thinly sliced onions.
In addition to making things quick, vegetable choppers make it easier to have healthier meals. With vegetable prep becoming so easy, you can give yourself as many food options as your options for student accommodation in Birmingham.
Whether you buy all 7 or 1 of our suggested gadgets, we know that you’ll be the best student chef around with these tools. Bon appetite!