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    College cooking!

    Next year I'll be moving into a dorm with only a fridge and counter space. There used to be a stove/oven but they were removed after the building was re-fitted. I know many of you work in kitchens professionally, so hopefully you can help me.

    I'm looking for a hot-plate and toaster oven/oven. I really have no idea what to look for, other than they have to be electric. Any suggestions? I was thinking about a griddle, but there's not much to cook other than breakfast?

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    So, I never did this in college, but when I regularly prep meals for our entire Launch Team at the office (20-25) on two separate electric plugin burners. I could get away with one with better planning, more time, and fewer people. If I were you I'd get an induction cooktop. They're nice and fast and will make the fire-safety jackholes happier as there's WAY less risk of fire since the surface itself won't ignite things. As for a toaster over, haven't really used one for heavy duty cooking. In fact, I haven't used one since high-school, so I can't really weigh in on that one.

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    Convection microwave? Induction burner for sure.
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    A crock pot would be a good idea if you got the room!

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    Induction if you have the pots/pans for it, if your gonna need to buy all new stuff it's not worth it. Make sure your school allows such things first obviously most schools are quite restrictive, hell I made it through with just a microwave and mini fridge.

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    One lifesaver that I think is over looked alot... The electric skillet... Ya major retro points on that beast but when we move (always takes a month) I have that out in the car so we can cook in the hotels when we stay out. Mine has survived 20 years of off and on use with a year long 3 times a day work out by my sister when she rebuilt her kitchen by herself. Just about anything you can do on the stove stop will work in this thing.

    The crock pot is a close second in my book

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    toaster oven, crockpot, rice cooker, and hotplate. I've been lucky enough to have kitchens in all of the dorms I've lived in

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    Go with a panini press/ grill /griddle combo from cuisinart (a better george foreman). Costco for 30 bucks. Get an induction plate which is more safe in confined dorm areas (Look at newegg.com. They have some from time to time for $60), small rice cooker and a microwave.

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    +1 to induction burner (wish those things were available when I went to college), mini fridge (buy one with as big a freezer as possible, not the ones where the "freezer" can barely hold 2 ice trays, toaster oven (cheapo black and decker worked for me for years; I have no experience with a convection microwave but if they work as well as advertised, go for it) and rice cooker with stay warm feature if you love rice like me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmtb View Post
    Go with a panini press/ grill /griddle combo from cuisinart (a better george foreman). Costco for 30 bucks. Get an induction plate which is more safe in confined dorm areas (Look at newegg.com. They have some from time to time for $60), small rice cooker and a microwave.
    Ooooooh, I like this set-up.

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