Cooking Equipment You’ll Never Use at Uni | The Student Food Project

Cooking Equipment You’ll Never Use at Uni

It happens every year - you find out which uni you’re going to, and you go straight to the shops and buy everything in the kitchen department. But in reality you will probably never use half of the stuff you buy and just end up throwing it away when you move out. You won’t have a huge amount of storage space to keep everything either. We’ve put together a list of the things you really don’t need to buy, so you can save more money for freshers week partying.


You don't need to buy a toaster if you already have an oven with a grill. Just put the bread under the grill and flip it over to toast both sides.


Unless you're planning on doing some super fancy cooking/baking, you're not going to need a whisk. A fork is good enough for whipping up basic things, and it's all you'll need to cook any of our recipes.

Bottle Opener

You're probably thinking this is a university essential, but you don't need to buy one. Just visit the freshers fair during the first week of term and there will be loads of companies giving these out for free.

Rice Cooker

Just use a pan - check out our simple tutorial for cooking rice.

Rolling Pin

If you need to roll something out (like pizza dough) use a wine bottle.

Food Processor

Super expensive and takes up loads of storage space. If you need to blend something, a small smoothie maker might be a better idea.

Egg Poacher

Don't waste your money on these - it's easy to make a poached egg in the microwave or in a pan.

Measuring Jug

None of our recipes need a measuring jug. We always use things like mugs, spoons or shot glasses as measurements in our recipes so you don't need to buy a jug (or wash it up all the time).

Plastic Food Containers

You'll get these for free if you buy a take-away. Give them a wash and keep them for leftovers. Obviously we're all about cooking your own food, but let's be real, you're going to have a take away at some point during uni!

Lemon Squeezer

Just use your hands. Think of it as a workout.

Salt and Pepper Mills

Waste of money - you can easily buy salt and pepper already ground up.

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