Dorm Cooking

15 College Dorm Kitchen Essentials

Depending on the college or university, access to a kitchen varies widely for students. A microwave and mini fridge are staples in most dorm rooms. And, many dorms also have a communal kitchen. College students who can whip up a few meals for themselves can save a lot of precious cash and develop an important skill that will serve them in their adult lives.

When shopping for dorm supplies, don’t forget a few key kitchen tools. Many are small and easy to store when space is at a premium. Here’s your essential dorm kitchen tool checklist.

1. Small Micro-Cooker  $9.50

If the microwave is the primary cooking tool in the dorms, this little wonder will steam veggies, heat up soup, and even poach chicken breasts for a fast, healthy meal. The lid doubles as a strainer for vegetables or pasta.

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small micro-cooker  

2. Pizza & Crust Cutter  $15

Pizza is a way of life in college. So this pizza cutter is one of the most prized tools a student can own. The exclusive crust cutter gets all the way through deep-dish and thick-crust pizzas.

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Pizza & Cust Cutter  

3. Personal Size Pizza Stone  $17

Stoneware is ideal for getting oven-like results from a microwave. This 8½" pie stone fits nicely into a small microwave or toaster oven for making or reheating pizza, but it will also be a student’s go-to pan for reheating leftovers.

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Personal Size Round Stone  

4. Adjustable Measuring Spoon Set  $9.50

These are the perfect measuring spoons for that tiny kitchen. All the dry or wet ingredient measurements are built right into two measuring spoons. There’s no chance of losing that little ⅛ teaspoon in the drawer.

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Adjustable Measuring Spoon Set  

5. 4-qt. Collapsible Serving Bowl  $22.50

This bowl pops open to serve chips, popcorn, or salads. Then it collapses down into a thin disc that fits in any closet or cabinet. When it’s collapsed, it also creates a well that can neatly hold chips and dip.

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4-qt Collapsible Serving Bowl  

6. Mini Measure-All® Cup  $7

Another great all-in-one space-saver. This cup measures liquid and dry ingredients in one tool. And it’s designed to make measuring portions of yogurt, peanut butter, and honey less messy.

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Mini Measure-All Cup  

7. Coated Utility Knife  $16

A knife is an essential tool, and this one covers all the basics—slicing fruits, veggies, and meats. Its coated stainless steel blade is also corrosion-resistant and nonstick.

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Coated Utility Knife  

8. Microwave Egg Cooker  $20.50

And this cooker, part of the Pampered Chef stoneware collection, is a dorm-friendly 12" size. Whether you take your eggs scrambled, fried, or poached, this little guy has you covered. You can even make mini cakes with a box of store-bought mix!

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Microwave Egg Cooker  

9. Mini Mix ‘N Scraper®  $10.50

This is like a spoon and scraper in one. It’s built to take what any novice college dorm cook can dish out. It won’t come apart, split, stain, burn, melt, or crack. But, it’s still not a good idea to accidently leave it in the oven!

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Mini Mix 'N Scraper  

10. Leakproof Glass Containers  $11-$24

Available in four sizes, these containers are essential for keeping leftovers handy during the week. That’s how to stretch one take-out Moo Shu Beef into one or two more weeknight dinners. The containers are also microwave-safe for cooking dorm room meals.

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11. Make & Take Mason Jar Set  $27.50

The trendiest way to carry a salad for optimal freshness is layered in a mason jar. Pampered Chef’s version goes a step further with a built-in dressing cup in the lid (no soggy salads!), a nesting snack jar, plus spoon and fork. This set also includes a sleek carrier to pack and go.

It’s perfect for fast-paced schedules when there’s no time to stop for lunch or dinner at the student union.

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Make & Take Mason Jar Set  

12. Basic Tool Set  $20.50

These are the staples students need in the dorm—and later in their apartment kitchens. The set includes just what they’ll need:

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Basic Tool Set  

13. Smooth-Edge Can Opener  $21.50

Most dorm-inspired meals start with something in a can. This opener eliminates sharp edges and plucks the lid right off so no one has to touch it.

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Smooth-Edge Can Opener  

14. Small Batter Bowl  $15

Every kitchen, big or small, needs a mixing bowl. Our batter bowls includes measurement markings on the side, and the small version is another microwave BFF. Mix and cook in one bowl!

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Small Batter Bowl  

15. Bamboo Tablet Stand  $31

Google offers about 765,000 results for dorm room recipes, and more people than ever before are cooking right from their smartphones and tablets. This beautiful, adjustable tablet stand will keep your precious technology food free as you read from the screen or watch a quick recipe video.

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Bamboo Tablet Stand  

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4 Responses to 15 College Dorm Kitchen Essentials

  1. Janet August 6, 2016 at 11:09 pm #

    Thank you for this AWESOME list of ideas!! I was so busy thinking about bedding and things like that – I hadn’t even thought about setting up the kitchen!! You’ve saved me from having to run around WalMart and buy sub-par products we’d end up replacing in a few weeks!

    • Abbey September 4, 2016 at 10:14 am #

      I agree Janet, this list is fantastic! So glad to have it as a resource 🙂

    • Janice Alston September 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

      I wish they had these things back when I went to college!

  2. Vanessa Burritt October 23, 2016 at 12:07 am #

    Are there any recipes for the micro cooker?

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