The Best Kitchen Gear for College Students | Serious Eats

While no student does college quite the same way, one thing is true of all of them: They need to eat. Depending on the school, dorm setups can vary greatly, but whether a culinarily minded student has to make do without a cooktop at all, can swing an induction burner in their room, or has access to a full kitchen, they won’t want to be without a set of cooking essentials. Whether you’re limited to a microwave in your dorm room or have access to a full kitchen, here’s the cooking equipment you need to eat better at college.


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  1. Kenny Perkins on February 10, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    You absolutely do not need ping pong balls to keep sous vide water from evaporating 90 percent of the time.

    If you are cooking a steak for 2 hours and have a lid the water might go down half a centimeter

    Now if you have a 48 hour cook going it might be needed but who is really doing that in a dorm that often?

    I’ve tested the ping pong balls, there is basically no difference until you reach 12+ hour cooks

  2. Jordan Harrick on February 10, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Where’s your magnetic knife rack from? Can we get a name or link?

  3. The Photographic Auditor on February 10, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    You forgot the cases of Ramen and a George Foreman…

  4. Paelorian on February 10, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Looks like someone went to Alcohol State.

  5. Mellow on February 10, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    There’s nothing that’s says that you go to college until you wear a shirt that says "college"

  6. Clement Moraschi on February 10, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Lol what college student can afford an instantpot or a joule?
    "We prefer (brand name)" yeah, you’re supposed to declare sponsored content.

    Anyway. If your rules allow – the best miniature kitchen setup is:
    1 knife
    1 cutting board
    1 pot
    1 skillet
    1 electric kettle
    1 miniature convection oven with hotplates on top
    1 microwave
    1 mini fridge

    Honestly that’s more than enough to cover the basic cooking needs for 4-6 people if you’ve got rotating schedules and nobody’s a dick about cleaning what they use.
    If you want a slow cooker so you can have a week’s worth of stew for $5, get one second hand from a goodwill, the market floods with them every time someone dies.

  7. InconsistentMarshmallow on February 10, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    How do ping pong balls help?

  8. Abel Babel on February 10, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    I susbscribed here for Kenji, not for appliance commercials.

  9. Cristian Ramos on February 10, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    What a waste of 8 minutes

  10. Theater Nell on February 10, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    The college I want to go to doesnt allow knives

  11. Sirpuschel2210 on February 10, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    this feels so forced and fake….

  12. Zahiah on February 10, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Felt like this is more to " basic house kitchen needs" than for college student

  13. Alex Reinking on February 10, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Serious Eats always has great info and I’ve long trusted them to recommend products that are actually worth the price and shelf space. But they’ve never quite figured out how to relate to their audience, I think. Too often jokes just don’t land and wind up cringeworthy, like Ariel here wearing a shirt that just says "college". Or decorating the kitchen with solo cups while issuing a very legal-department disclaimer about underage drinking.

    Compare this to Bon Apetit, say, where a lot of the runtime is spent showcasing their staff’s wonderful personalities in (seemingly) candid moments. No, the recipes aren’t tested to death like Kenji’s masterworks, but the videos are more consistently nice to watch.

  14. Greenery on February 10, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Great concept but it could of used some surprising additions. Off the bat, youre gonna need a strainer and likely a funnel. This lady’s personality was a miss, for me.

  15. Ducky Man on February 10, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    "Don’t open cans with knives, it’s super dangerous"
    "And it will ruin your knives"

  16. randomdogdog on February 10, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    I really don’t like the recommendation of tongs. Heavy duty kitchen tweezers are slightly cheaper, and provide better agility in the kitchen.
    Also, they make great ghetto chopsticks.
    The other concern is that space is a premium. I only just fit my 2 skillets in my cupboard. The saucier, while a decent choice if you can use it would be too cumbersome to keep moving in and out of the kitchen. 10 inch skillet for the win!

  17. Tom Whitington on February 10, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    I like how they assume that college students only need to refrigerate string cheese and beer.

  18. Asian Muffin on February 10, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    so like- half of this stuff is unnecessary- bcs of the mess hall- like- sous vide- *no.* The kettle would probably be nice, the oxo pops are very expensive, everything else is out of budget.

  19. Eric on February 10, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    wtf, a dorm room doesnt need this stuff. you need a water pitcher and…..

  20. The frog on February 10, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Nice dog 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  21. Harold Henderson on February 10, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Rodents? What rodents. Don’t you mean roommates! That is what ate most of my food.