Now that it’s back-to-school season, I keep seeing pictures pop up on Facebook of my friends’ kids getting settled into their college dorms. Those photos have me feeling surprisingly nostalgic. That phase of life is so fun and exciting! While those years in the dorm don’t last long, they’re so unique that they really stand out in my memory. I must admit, I think the thing I miss the most is having a cafeteria full of kitchen staff waiting to make me any food I want any time of day … or night!
As awesome as the dorm cafeteria is, when you’re actually living in a dorm, the cafeteria sometimes becomes a drag and all you want to do is get in the kitchen and cook. The good news is that with a few appliances tucked away in your dorm room, you can have the best of both worlds: cafeteria food at the ready or homemade food when you’re craving it!
What do you need to be able to successfully cook in your dorm room? First and foremost, rent a microfridge from your school! Even with just a fridge and microwave, you’re on your way to all kinds of foodie goodness! Beyond the microfridge, be sure to grab one other small appliance for cooking. Some good options are a hot plate (be sure to have a pot or pan handy!), a waffle iron, or a panini press.
Once you have your appliances in place, it’s time to collect dorm-friendly recipes! The following 10 great recipe hacks for the dorm room are just what you need to get you started on your path to becoming a dorm gourmet!