14 student food hacks you need to know

Toasted sandwich

Becoming a university student can bring a whole heap of freedom … and responsibility along with it. All of a sudden you may need to fend for yourself when it comes to mealtime. If your cooking skills aren’t up to scratch there’s no need to stress, we’ve done the research (and the testing) and gathered the easy food hacks to take your student feeds to the next level.

1. Less washing up, more eating

Dishes and pot
Stick to recipes that can be cooked in one pot or pan, or even better a slow cooker for less washing up. Try some of our favourite one pot recipes here.

2. The battle for the microwave

Stop fighting your roommates for the microwave and heat up your meals together. Heat up two meals at once by standing one of the dishes on top of an upside down cup.

3. Cold drinks, quick

Run out of fridge space or just forgotten to restock your cold drinks? No worries, just wrap your warm beverages in a wet hand towel and pop them in the freezer for two minutes. Just make sure you set a timer on your phone so you don’t forget about them as they may explode if left for too long.

4. Leave your sandwich press squeaky clean

Can’t be bothered to clean up but are craving a toastie, or even worse your roommate has left evidence of their toastie in the sandwich press? Instead of getting hangry (when you’re hungry and therefore angry) and turning on your roommate, grab some baking paper and line both sides for a perfectly cooked toastie everytime, minus the mess. Top tip: the baking paper can be used more than once to minimise your environmental impact.

5. Super fast french toast

Think sandwich presses are just for toasties? Think again. For a tasty brekky on the run, soak your toast in two eggs (lightly beaten with a little bit of milk) and fry up your french toast in the press, fast. Add cinnamon for sweet, and cheese for savoury.

6. Sharing is caring

Share pantry staples with your roommates – things like salt, pepper, sauces, flour, and spices. Just make sure you have a protocol for when things run out to make sure you’re always well stocked.

7. Up your instant noodle game

Keep some simple ingredients on hand to spice up your instant noodles. We love eggs, soy sauce, hot sauce, peanuts, sesame seeds, vegetables, shallots, and chilli. Talk about variety. Adding extras into your ramen noodles will also help beef up your meal without breaking the bank.

8. Sometimes it is best to invest

Invest in a blender and thank us later. Blenders give you a quick and easy way to whip up a variety of meals and snacks, such as smoothies, soups, ice cream, acai bowls, and dips. Try out these blender recipes.

9. Double it

Cook a double portion at dinner and save some leftovers for lunch. This is particularly good when you have class the next day, because we all know campus food is overpriced. You can also freeze these extra meals for a later date, just store in the freezer and pop into the fridge the night before you want to eat it to let it defrost.

10. It’s unlikely but…

On the rare occasion you don’t eat the whole bag of chips in one sitting, you can use the clip on a pen to seal the bag and stop your chips from going stale.

11. Don’t let your pasta pot boil over

How many times have you slightly overfilled the pot with water, put it on to boil and walked away? To keep your water from boiling over and the clean up that comes with it, rest a wooden spoon across the pot. We are sure there is a science behind it, but honestly we just care that it works, and we can confirm it does.

12. The lemon saver

Avocado and lemon
In our opinion, wasting avocado should be a crime. Next time you don’t use the whole avocado, try drizzling lemon juice on the leftovers before popping it in a sealed container in the fridge. This trick will prolong the freshness of the avocado and stop the surfaces from going brown.

13. Fresh is best

Keep your salad ingredients fresher for longer by storing them in a plastic container with some paper towels. The paper towels will absorb any extra moisture and keep your ingredients crisper for longer.

14. Pizza protocol

Microwave pizza
Microwave your leftover pizza with a cup of water to avoid a chewy and soggy next day crust.