The Best Kitchen Gear for College Students | Serious Eats

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. InconsistentMarshmallow on January 9, 2021 at 3:05 am

    How do ping pong balls help?

  2. Zahiah on January 9, 2021 at 3:06 am

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

  3. Eric on January 9, 2021 at 3:07 am

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

  4. The Photographic Auditor on January 9, 2021 at 3:11 am

    You forgot the cases of Ramen and a George Foreman…

  5. The frog on January 9, 2021 at 3:13 am

    Nice dog 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  6. Alex Reinking on January 9, 2021 at 3:13 am

    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.

  7. Jordan Harrick on January 9, 2021 at 3:14 am

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

  8. Clement Moraschi on January 9, 2021 at 3:18 am

    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.

  9. Kenny Perkins on January 9, 2021 at 3:18 am

    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

  10. Abel Babel on January 9, 2021 at 3:23 am

    I susbscribed here for Kenji, not for appliance commercials.

  11. Mellow on January 9, 2021 at 3:23 am

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

  12. Sirpuschel2210 on January 9, 2021 at 3:31 am

    this feels so forced and fake….

  13. Asian Muffin on January 9, 2021 at 3:34 am

    K so, we’re making instant ramen and coffee here (or tea, for you other cool people)
    Atk has a better list that doesn’t make a hecking restaurant chef, and if you’re feeling fancy; a small salad spinner, have a petty/utility knife, instant pot *mini* and some prep bowls but that’s *IT*
    And let’s talk about what’s wrong with this:
    If you are in a college you more likely than not have a mess hall that will *feed* you, so why have any of this
    If you have a small dorm this will not fit, this is more like an apartment list
    Secondly, the all clad is huge and where do you store it
    Thirdly, who has the audacity to make a 3 course meal with this in college when you should be studying for midterm, finals (and the mcat).
    Fourthly, why tf would you *need* a joule sous vide
    Fifthly, none of this is ESSENTIAL _goddamit_
    Finally, the fact you thought a college student needed this felt over the top

  14. Theater Nell on January 9, 2021 at 3:38 am

    The college I want to go to doesnt allow knives

  15. Ducky Man on January 9, 2021 at 3:39 am

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

  16. randomdogdog on January 9, 2021 at 3:42 am

    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. Asian Muffin on January 9, 2021 at 3:53 am

    oh if I could have and hour to say what’s wrong
    1. Dorms are smol so why the big load.
    2. Who tf is making sous vide steaks during finals
    3. Did you forget that the dining hall exists?
    4. I’m not dishing out $100 on knives that I could instead use for textbooks

  18. Cristian Ramos on January 9, 2021 at 3:53 am

    What a waste of 8 minutes

  19. Harold Henderson on January 9, 2021 at 3:57 am

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

  20. Tom Whitington on January 9, 2021 at 4:00 am

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

  21. Greenery on January 9, 2021 at 4:02 am

    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.

  22. Paelorian on January 9, 2021 at 4:03 am

    Looks like someone went to Alcohol State.