When you move out from home, one of the biggest challenges is to come to grips with losing home cooked meals, and even though you may never match up to your mum’s Sunday roast dinner, taking some lessons in the kitchen will help you throughout the university. These are some reasons why learning to cook before university and grabbing some student recipes early on, is a good idea!
Firstly, takeaways and fast food are expensive – even if it doesn’t feel like it, or you have found the cheapest kebab in Britain – it is always more costly than cooking at home and buying the ingredients from scratch. You will waste money by ordering in then going to your local supermarket. When you buy the ingredients, the majority of the time you will still have leftovers which you can make into other meals, also, when you follow a recipe, they are usually for more than one person, which means you can freeze or store the remains and eat them another time.
You will start learning and picking up different techniques along the way, along with substitutions and other recipe ideas. You could even impress your new housemates with your new found talent of the Hall Chef! When you start cooking on a regular basis, it will become second nature and the food you will prepare will taste great!
When you do start a routine of cooking most nights, the idea of cooking won’t bother you as much as you may think – you will get used to it. Cooking is a great experience and a chance to test out new ideas, flavours and to express yourself, as well as, eating a lovely home-cooked and fresh meal!
If you still don’t enjoy cooking that much, you could share the load with your friends or housemates, by all cooking a meal once a week for everyone, that way you only have to cook once a week! Of if you do start to get into the idea of preparing and cooking recipes, you could start a Come Dine with Me special with your classmates and make an evening out of it once a week.
When you buy the ingredients for a recipe, even if it is pizza, you’ll soon realise the money that you can save at university instead of ordering it over the phone. You also know what ingredients are going into your food, and what fuel you are putting inside your body. Eating takeaways and fast food aren’t only bad for your bank balance but your heart as well, so maybe look at eating healthy at university as well! Make sure you know how to eat healthily and how to cut your student bills, too.
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