Undergrad's Experience and Advice with College Food/Cooking AMA

Kate - posted on 09/23/2017 ( no moms have responded yet )

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Hi parents, I am an undergrad at Syracuse that cooks for themselves. I wanted to share some of my experiences and setbacks.

1. Cost
I greatly underestimated the cost of cooking on my own. Because of this, even though my mother gave me plenty of money for food and was constantly reminding me to eat full meals no matter the cost, I found myself trying to lower the cost as much as possible. This happened to the point where I wasn't eating healthy anymore because eating pasta or ramen everyday was just cheaper. Even if your child says they are spending enough on food and eating wholesome meals, they likely aren't. Care packages really help. I linked a few examples so that you can see what is most useful. You can use any site, I just personally like using amazon because I can get everything in two days.
http://amzn.to/2wxOxkn
This one is pretty great. A pack of 30 snacks for 20 bucks.

http://amzn.to/2jDS1Mc
A variety pack of bars is also essential if your’e in a rush and want to grab something on the go, or want to give yourself a quick boost before an exam. I remember plenty of times where I miscalculated the amount of time I had before class, or was spending my time studying and, before I knew it, I had to leave and didn’t have time to cook something.

I also go hiking sometime and these are perfect for outdoor activities, especially if you don’t have a car like me and have to wait for the bus to take you home :/

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FROZEN FOOD

I can’t stress this one enough. If your daughter/son will be cooking for themselves, they’re freezer should be stocked with frozen goods. I had a lot of trouble with buying things, especially fruit, and having them spoil. Now I just make smoothies in the morning and I don’t have to worry about the fruit spoiling. In fact most of my food supply is frozen: veggie cakes, mini quiches, mixed asian vegetables, fruit mixes, english muffins, etc..

If your daughter/son likes smoothies, I highly recommend the magic bullet blender. That’s what I use and it barely weighed anything in my suitcase and is very powerful for its size.
Here is the link:
http://amzn.to/2xfr2eL

*If you guys like the example links and would like to know more of what I buy for college food, let me know.*


3. Tupperware

It seemed easy at first to cook three meals a day, but eventually I started slipping and usually neglected a meal, or turned to snacks or unhealthy takeout. Making enough food for 2-3 days really helped me out. Tupperware is also great for prepping tomorrow’s meal if I have some extra time. Your child will be surprised how much they use it, because I actually objected to my mom buying it because I though it was unnecessary and I wouldn’t use it.

You can buy Tupperware pretty much anywhere, but I’ll help you out with a link in case you like amazon.
Make sure to get a BPA free and Dishwasher/Freezer/Microwave Safe pack like this one.
http://amzn.to/2xfmaWN

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Kate - posted on 09/23/2017

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If you guys are interested in a safety post and an essentials post let me know and I will make them. Good luck to you and your college students :)

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