Buying Food That Will Last
There are a couple of fairly good reasons for 'tuna pasta' being a perennial favourite in student kitchens around the country. An important factor is that it's cheap to make and money is always an issue for students. It's also quite a nutritious meal, it's very quick to prepare and you don't need any real culinary skills in order to create this simple dish. However, probably the most important factor is that it can be prepared from ingredients that don't need to be bought fresh. With just a couple of items from the cupboard and a few minutes in the kitchen, you can enjoy a hot, filling and delicious meal.
Thinking AheadBuying food that will last is an important consideration when you're a student. If you live in a shared house food will inevitably disappear and things won't be re-stocked quite as often or efficiently as they were back at home. With this in mind, it's important to have a few long-lasting, staple ingredients that you can always fall back on to make a meal. If you're dashing in from lectures and then out to the pub, you want a quick bite to eat that will fill you up. You don't want to be shoving a lump of cheese between two crusts of bread that have seen fresher days.
It doesn't take too much forward planning to buy certain provisions that will last for months and can be stacked up in the cupboard. Of course, if you then have some other fresh ingredients, by all means use these to liven up plain dishes, but the idea is that you don't need to rely on them all the time.