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Step Up Your Dorm Cooking Skills With These 5 Hacks

If you’re in college, you’re a long way off from being a charming fella who knows your whiskies and grills steaks for the family while chatting up your wife’s friend’s husband about politics. You’re also a long way off from being a dazzling lady who earns a reputation for a dish “that’s just to die for” at a dinner party, where you explain to a fascinated table of friends how you’re restoring a classic car in your spare time.

See, you’ve got time to get classy with cooking. But, in college, all rules, bets, and expectations are off. If you can give anything the ol’ college try, go for it. Because in college, the weirder, the cheaper, the better.

Here’s some college cooking hacks that take so little and deliver so good.



Use your coffee pot as a rice cooker (yes, f’real) by pouring the uncooked rice in the pot, adding water to the machine accordingly, and hitting brew. From there, once all the water’s in the pot, keep cooking for another ten minutes. You’ll debate buying a real rice cooker for the rest for your life.



Whisk eggs with just a splash of milk in a mug. Add cheese, some vegetables, maybe some salt and pepper, whatever you want, and cook it in the microwave for a minute or so. Slide onto a plate if you’re trying to impress someone, or barge it in said mug if you’ve got an entire season of something to watch alone on Netflix.

French Toast


Batter up your bread until it’s covered in gooey goodness and wrap it in foil to then heat with an iron. Anyone staying over is going to try and marry you. Plan your canned response ahead of time, because this will likely happen every time. You’re the closest thing they know to a wizard.

Taco Salad

taco salad

Take a bag of tortilla chips (or Fritos or Doritos, if you’re really going for it) and — I kid you not — dump in all the goodies you’re going to want to slamdance in your mouth. We’re talking beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapenos, hot sauce, all the goods. Shake it up, grab a fork, and celebrate your new life as a master chef. Also, you can carry that with you, just in case you want to show off the madcap genius.



There’s a fork in this road, and it’s just up to you to take the one that meets your preference. Either wrap your sandwich in foil and use a clothing iron to heat it or grill it in an adorably tiny frying pan on your coffee maker’s burner. No points off either way. Both will make for good stories down the road, which, again, is long before you become the celebrated chef you’re destined to be.


You Can Make A Grilled Cheese Sandwich With Your Coffee Maker, Seriously


Grilled cheese sandwiches aren’t the most complex meals to make, but it’s nice to know there is more than one way to heat them up effectively.

Let’s say you want to mix things up for lunch at work, where you don’t have access to a stove, but do have access to a coffee maker, you can still make the magic happen with the device that usually gets you a steaming hot morning brew.

The early prepping stages are the same. You still butter up the bread and apply your desired amount of cheese slices. Now, the portion of the coffee maker that would usually heat up your coffee pot is used to heat up your cheesy bread.

Check out Little Things’ instructional video below and try this method for yourself:

picthx Peter Pham


Portable Cup Makes a 30-Second Espresso in the Microwave


Don’t have ten minutes to commit to a slow pour-over, French press, or even the classic coffee maker? Does the thought of drinking coffee in 31 different ways give you an absolute headache? For those especially impatient coffee drinkers, here’s a portable espresso maker that brews your beverage in 30 seconds.

The Piamo features a tiny espresso cup that includes a filter and water chamber. You fill the chamber with water, insert ground coffee into the filter, stack them together, flip, and attach the cup. Pop in the microwave for 30 seconds and you’ve got a shot of espresso.


It’s a pretty cool concept, especially since the entire thing is completely portable.  However, like the Keurig, you probably have to sacrifice taste and quality for speed. The video for the Piamo is adorable though, cute chalkboard cartoons ahead:



This Coffee Maker is Made From an Actual Race Car Engine


If your coffee machine feels a little dull, look no further than this behemoth. The Espresso Veloce Titania V12 definitely adds some speed to your morning routine. The unique coffee maker is crafted from the same materials used to make Formula One engines, melding together titanium and stainless steel. It also features incredible polished pipes with dyed blue tips to look like they’ve been discolored from heat.

There are only 500 of these special machines, and they cost a fortune: about 9,000 pounds, or a little less than $15,000. How’s that for a jolt? Still you have to admit, it would make a fantastic conversation piece.



H/T Design Taxi + Picthx Espresso Veloce


This Coffee Maker is Built Into a Computer PC


Ever have a coffee craving hit you like a ton of bricks while sitting at your computer and instead of getting up to hit your local Starbucks, you wish your CPU could prepare the perfect cup of pipping hot java for you? If you said yes, you will be thankful to know that you’re not alone in that fantasy. In fact, one young man from The Mod Zoo made his dream a reality and may never leave his desk again. Known as the The Caffeine Machine, this genius creation combines two of our greatest loves: caffeine and technology.


One part PC Tower, one part White-Westinghouse 4-cup coffee maker, this coffee maker works just as good as the next and won’t take up any RAM. If you’re looking at spending even more time on your computer, there’s a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to make your very own here. Let us know when it starts baking cupcakes and we just might never leave the office!

PixThx The Mod Zoo


Here’s How to Brew Coffee Even When Stranded On a Desert Island [INFOGRAPHIC]


(Or, you know, just whenever you don’t have a coffee maker)

It’s hard to imagine anyone having the internet access to read this article and yet not having a single source of coffee anywhere nearby, but hey, it happens. Like when your disgruntled coworker decides to barricade himself in the office kitchen to protest the new sharing policies. Or when ninjas steal your beans. Or death.

But thanks to this nifty infographic by coffee home-delivery company Tonx, you’ll never have to worry about any of that stuff happening ever again!

Peep the flowchart below for step-by-step instructions on what to do if you’re craving caffeine but simply don’t have a coffee maker, Starbucks, or grocery store nearby. The first thing is to find a grinder. Don’t have a grinder? How about a mortar and pestle? No? A rolling pin? A hammer? A big, burly gentleman and access to clean drinking water? Still no? Then goodness gracious, what in the world are you still doing here? Go out and find them!

Priorities, my friend. Priorities.


H/T + PicThx Nerdalicious


Coleman Portable Propane Coffeemaker

If you’re going to be doing some camping this summer, or plan on brewing some coffee without access to a stove or outlet, this portable propane coffee maker has you covered. The unit operates on a single 16.4 oz propane cylinder and starts with the push of a button. The casing is an authentic stainless steel and gets up to 4,500 BTU for effective heating, getting you fresh brewed coffee in an advertised 18 minutes. Can run up to 4.4 hours on one 16.4 oz propane cylinder, making approximately 10 cups. ($89.99 @ Coleman)