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24 October 2005 @ 04:15 pm
 
I like meat... And I like to cook my own meals... But I live in a dorm room with a dorm fridge and a community kitchen... This makes it difficult to cook or even own much meat... Meat seems to come in packages meant for more than one person, and I don't have a real freezer to store meat I'm not ready to use. Does anyone have any suggestions?
 
 
 
Selieselie on October 24th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
Mini-fridge! As far as I can tell, the best ways to survive dorm life and cook your own food require 1) mini-fridge 2) hotplate 3) optionally a crockpot/ricemaker/george foreman grill for variety. I'm not sure exactly what dorm policy is on these things, though I've known a lot of people who had mini-fridges and ricemakers, and hotplates seem fairly common, though possibly illegal (whoops!).

Though buying small things of meat are less cost-effective than buying larger things of meat, because of space, I'd go for them. Get the small packs of meat (four chicken breasts, or one pound of ground beef, or whatever), one per week. Have chicken week, beef week, whatever. You should be able to use up a pack of meat in a week, if you put the other parts in the mini-fridge, or you could cook up, say, a lot of stew in a crockpot and refrigerate that and eat it over the course of the week.

Sorry if I'm not helpful, but these are just what came to mind! Let me know what the other restrictions are and I'll see if I can think of anything crazy.
L.ladeda on October 24th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
This is probably going to be odd coming from the resident vegetarian, but I cook a lot for my VERY carnivorous boyfriend...

-See if you can find someone else in your situation. Maybe there's somebody in the building who would split some meat with you.
-Next time you're at the supermarket, ask one of the people in the meat department if they can make you up a smaller portion. They're usually pretty accomodating with that, from what I've seen, and it costs the same per pound.
-Try lunch meat. Get them to slice you a chunk of ham or turkey or whatever... They can cut them half an inch thick, so you have a nice big piece of it, but it's not nearly as much as you get in a package. That's really easy to cube up and sauté to mix in with different things.
X's on my wristsphoenix_igniton on October 24th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
Try canned chicken. While other food in cans might be sketchy, canned chicken is usually pretty good.
hazelteahazeltea on September 18th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
See if someone in your dorm will split the price of the meat with you so that you don't ahve to store what you don't eat :)