The Essential Student Cooking Kit

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The Essential Student Cooking Kit

Having your essential student cooking kit on hand will make preparing and cooking meals for yourself a lot more enjoyable in university halls and in your future student houses.

You’ll make tastier meals, it will make cooking safer and it will even make it easier to wash up afterwards.

By investing in a few kitchen items at the start of university life, you will actually end up saving money in the long term. A good knife can last a lifetime!

As well as purchasing good quality cooking equipment, stocking up a student store cupboard with useful ingredients will greatly improve your cooking. Store cupboard ingredients don’t go off and they will give variety and flexibility to your cooking.

Once you get stuck into cooking for yourself at university, you will build up a store cupboard which you can dip into time and time again. With some imagination and practice, you will be able to create mouthwatering meals from practically nothing!


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Essential Student Cooking Kit

There isn’t a lot of storage in university kitchens, so here is a list of the absolute essentials we recommend purchasing:

  • 1 x really good large knife
  • 1 x really good small knife
  • 1 x chopping board for raw meat
  • 1 x chopping board for everything else
  • 1 x large non-stick frying pan
  • 1 x heavy-bottomed casserole pan
  • 1 x large mixing bowl
  • 1 x wooden spoon
  • 1 x whisk
  • 1 x tongs
  • 1 x spatula
  • 1 x good quality peeler
  • 1 x grater
  • 1 x colander
  • 1 x sieve
  • 1 x good roasting tin
  • 1 x baking tray
  • 1 x good garlic crusher
  • 1 x good tin opener
  • 1 x measuring jug

It’s better to buy these items individually, instead of part of a set, as you will get better quality. It is much better to buy one quality knife for £15 than a low-quality knife set for £15. If you do invest in non-stick pans, don’t use scourers on them when washing up, as this will remove the non-stick coating.

Avoid buying single function items (except a garlic crusher and tin opener) as most chopping jobs can be achieved well with just a knife and chopping board.

Wooden chopping boards give more stability and are longer wearing than plastic ones. Always remember to disinfect your chopping board properly after chopping raw meat.

Plastic items like measuring jugs and colanders can be bought cheaply, but any metal items that have a cutting or slicing jobs, or items that will be exposed to heat, should be invested in more.


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There are hundreds of possible store ingredients to buy, but limited space in student kitchens. This list is a good starting point and it can be adjusted to your own tastes:


  • Vegetable Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sesame Oil


  • Red/White Wine Vinegar
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Rice Wine Vinegar


  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Light/Dark Soy Sauce

Dried Herbs:

  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Sage


  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Chilli Powder
  • Chilli Flakes
  • Garam Masala
  • Nutmeg

Pasta, Grains, Pulses:

  • Dried Pasta Shapes
  • White/Brown Rice
  • Noodles
  • Cous Cous
  • Lentils
  • Quinoa


  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Kidney Beans
  • Coconut Milk
  • Sweetcorn
  • Chickpeas


  • Tomato Puree
  • Ketchup
  • Chilli Sauce
  • Mustard
  • Stock Cubes
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Olives
  • Nuts


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Need more inspiration? Check out our recipes page for tried and tested recipes that are simple to make at home.


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