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This is part II of a series of articles offering advice to students on subjects such as cooking on a budget,  shopping for food, store-cupboard staples,  cooking tips,  kitchen equipment,  basic kitchen and food hygiene plus lots of easy, nutritious and delicious recipes which won’t break the bank.


At some point or other, many students will be faced with a kitchen which is only fitted out with some basics such as a cooker, fridge, freezer and possibly a microwave. Below is a list of items which you will need in order to prepare and cook a variety of meals.

Essential Cooking Equipment For Students


Saucepans - including a frying pan and 2-3 saucepans preferably with lids
Knives - including a small vegetable (paring) knife, a medium/large chopping (chef’s) knife and a serrated carving knife doubles up as a bread knife
Wooden spoons  - 1 or 2 will suffice
Peeler – for potatoes and other veggies and used for cheese shavings
Can and Bottle opener  -
you can get one utensil which does both
Mixing Bowls - 2 to 3 ranging from small to large
Measuring Jug
Sieve or colander
–  handy for draining pasta and vegetables
Chopping Board
Salt and Pepper Set
Crockery, Glasses and Cutlery


Although the list may seem quite long, it is possible to buy starter kits which will include many of the items in one pack and usually at a reasonable price. If your budget is really tight, the most obvious way of getting kitchen equipment is to get bits from people you know - your parents being the obvious. You’ll be surprised at the amount of spare kitchen equipment most people have which they don’t particularly need or want. You can also try checking out charity shops which often have odd bits and bobs at very low prices in particular cutlery, crockery and glasses.



Other Handy Kitchen Equipment For Students


Kettle – you can boil water in a saucepan but a kettle is easier
Wok – although not essential, wok cooking is an easy and simple cooking method
Hand Held Blender – great for soups, sauces and dips and relatively cheap
Set of Measuring Spoons
Pepper mill
with a supply of black peppercorns
Ovenproof Dish - great for pasta bakes or casseroles

Flat Baking Tray – useful for things like pizzas. Before you spend any money on one, check inside the oven as many cookers come with one

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