With A level results now in, many families are beginning the preparations of their teenagers becoming students, as they head off to university and live away from home for the first time.
We asked the #InstantChefsAtHome on Instagram what they think are the most vital kitchen gifts for new students starting university in September and have collated the top 5 answers!
So, whether you are looking for a leaving gift for a son or daughter heading to halls, or a friend or family member moving into a university house share, or even if you are a student yourself and want some tips for what to take to Uni, check out this list of items suggested by the Instant Pot customers…link
1. Vortex Mini
We love our Vortex Mini Air Fryers! The convenient 2L size is perfect for cooking just 1 or 2 portions, from fresh or frozen, it’s the ultimate convenience and easy way to cook. With 4 ways to cook, they can Air Fry juicy chicken wings and crispy fries, bake fluffy cupcakes and cinnamon rolls, roast zesty lemon chicken breast, stuffed peppers, garlicky potatoes and reheat any leftovers perfectly with a Vortex Mini! Check out these easy potato recipes that can be made in a Vortex Mini.
Small and compact, it’s basically a mini oven that they can keep in their room – this one is sure to be a winner with new students.
2. Instant Pot Duo Mini
The 3L model of our popular Instant Pot Duo replaces 7 kitchen appliances – Pressure cooker, sauté pan, steamer, slow cooker, rice cooker, food warmer, and yogurt maker; so new students can now do it all with just the one tool! monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time, and automatically adjusts heating intensity and duration. Even the volume of food is taken into consideration, ensuring that your meals turn out perfectly, every time. With cooking pre-sets, they can “set it and forget it,” freeing up time to do coursework or socialise, knowing that their Instant Pot Duo is cooking away safely and quickly as it automatically adjusts heating intensity and duration as required. With its Delay Start and Keep Warm function, it can be set to finish cooking as their final lecture of the day ends, or if they get delayed, there dinner is keeping warm in the pot until they are ready. And its 3L size means its small and compact but still big enough to cook 1-2 portions. The perfect gift for students whether they love to cook, or are learning how!
3. Tin Opener
Fun fact: The first successful can open was invented in 1925 when a second, serrated wheel was added to hold the cutting wheel on the rim of the can. – Before that, they weren’t so great!
An essential item too for some of our Vortex Air Fryer or Instant Pot recipes which use ingredients from cans!
4. Set of Chopping Boards
Again, to help with Instant Pot or Air Fryer recipes… chopping boards are a must. Get a set of 3 so they have one for poultry, one for red meat, and one for veggies to prevent any cross contamination. Or perhaps just in case they lose one they then have some spares!
5. Bottle Opener
Last but not least, a university essential so don’t forget one of these!