The reference and cookbooks listed in the previous sections provide a
number of tid-bits for food storage and preservation, as well as
suggestions on how to provision. The items listed below are the
items that we didnít come across a lot and/or were less commonly known
about throughout the cruising fleet.
Quick Packs Found in most American Grocery stores, but
nowhere else. We love them so much we have our family ship them to
us. They come in a variety of flavors; cinnamon, honey butter,
three cheese, cheesy garlic, and plain. One packet plus Ĺ cup
water makes six delicious biscuits. Perfect for passage or any
other time your feeling a bit too lazy to cook!
Butter Does not have to be refrigerated. After opening
we refrigerate ours just because it is otherwise too soft (in the
tropics Ö it was fine in NZ). Easy to find in NZ and in most
of the tropics, but not necessarily in the States. The Internet Grocer also sells lids that fit the butter can for after
Chicken This stuff rocks! Make sure you get a Premium
Chunk Chicken Breast in its own juices or water. Both Trader Joeís
and Costco sell quality, good tasting brands. Most cans are between
10-14oz. We use it for everything; stir-fryís, Indian
dishes, enchiladas, tacos, sandwiches, pasta salads and more. In
many dishes it doesnít stay real chunky, rather tends to become
shredded, but still tastes good. Impossible to find outside the
states (including New Zealand).
Hamburger & Other Meats Yes, they really make canned
hamburger, and it is really quite good. However it is getting more
difficult to find. The brand we left the states with no longer
Internet Grocer still sales canned hamburger, but we havenít tried
their current brand, and it appears that the cost per ounce has
increased. The Internet Grocer also sales other good canned
meat products, such as BBQ Pork (which makes great pulled-pork
sandwiches), Turkey, Sausages, etc (while they also sale canned chicken,
I prefer the chicken from TJís or Costco). Their cans tend to be a
bit larger, so check sizes before ordering. Also you may want to
email them and confirm the actual weight of the can versus shipping
weight, we had a bit of confusion there when we thought we were getting
one size but ended up with another.
Preservation Peel ginger and place in clean glass jar (such as an
old pasta sauce jar). Cover with a dry sherry, and then store.
It does not have to be refrigerated, and ginger seems to last for many,
many months. In addition sherry can be poured off and used in
dressings and other dishes (be sure to always add more sherry so that
ginger is completely covered).
Preservation Peel garlic and place in a clean glass jar (such as
an old pasta sauce jar). Completely cover with vegetable oil or
olive oil. It does not have to be refrigerated. The garlic
wonít last as long as the ginger, but still seems to go for a number of
months, in addition, since it is already peeled, itís ready to use, and
the garlic infused oil is terrific in stir fryís, dressings and other
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