Written by Carlius Williams, Staff Writer
There are many items that are considered dorm room necessities when it comes to food, but there is one item in particular that every college student needs to make a good dorm room meal—the microwave.
There are some dorms on the VSU campus that come equipped with microwaves and some that don’t. Either way, having a microwave could mean the difference between having a meal and not being able to eat at all. Many students may choose not to eat at the dining halls or fast food restaurants on campus, and the microwave provides a way to make healthy meals without needing a stove or having to leave your room.
There are a variety of foods that you can make with a microwave, and it certainly beats having to eat junk food on campus or not having enough money in your FLEX account to get Ciroc wings from Big Nick’s.
While there are different kinds of meals that you can make from your dorm, I’m not talking about cooking chicken in the microwave like Hottie from the Flavor of Love. But, you can make things like grits, oatmeal, quesadillas, baked potatoes, nachos, soups, and bacon all without a stove.
To cook bacon with a microwave, simply lay four layers of paper towels on a plate with a layer of bacon on top of it. One minute per slice should have you in the game, but you can cook the bacon longer in 30 second increments if it is not crispy enough.
You can also cook steamed vegetables. Typically you would need to cook them on high for three to four minutes. Eggs, believe it or not, can also be cooked in the microwave. You can make them in practically every way, from sunny side up, poached and even scrambled. However, you do not want to try to boil an egg because it could possibly blow up in the microwave.
To bake a potato, simply poke a hole in it with a fork and microwave it for 10 minutes. Make sure you flip it after 5 minutes. Many students have tried making several of the foods listed above and concur that cooking in a microwave is better than not being able to cook anything at all.
“Veggies, bacon and baked potatoes— I have had them before in the microwave. It was good, but cooking food on the stove is always better,” said Khadisia Allen, a junior pre-nursing major.
Eating with a microwave can be healthy, but there are a couple things to remember. One would be to follow the safety instructions. Make sure that the items are microwavable safe. Try to avoid foam trays and plastic wrap because they could be hazardous and cause harmful chemicals to migrate into foods. You must also be careful to avoid electrical hazard in a dorm where other equipment like laptops, toasters hair dryers and irons might compete with each other for electricity and may even over heat. Avoid using an extension cord with your microwave as well.
Being a college student means making the most of all of the resources you are given. Sometimes, that means you have to get a little innovative and a microwave can help you do just that. There are a plethora of things you can cook with a microwave, and every student can definitely benefit from owning one.