carry-bag Good for shopping in hot tropical climates.
Carry to store and use to transport frozen/cold items back to boat.
Also good for transporting drinks and foods during potlucks & social
We added one in Australia and it really helps save the arms and back
during long provisioning runs.
Pump Indispensable … use a y-valve (or two foot pumps), so
that you can get both fresh and salt water. If you have to pick,
go with salt water (unless you don’t like the idea of washing hands,
dishes, etc with salt water, with a final fresh water rinse).
Rack If your galley sink faces a wall, hang a stainless steel
rack from the wall – dishes will drain into the sink below.
Otherwise (or in addition to) the adjustable (sizeable) dish racks that
sit in the sink work well. We bought both our adjustable sink rack
and hanging dish rack at Ikea.
top tray We modified a wooden serving tray to fit on our
stove-top. It is easily moved aside for cooking, and provides
additional counter space when needed. Also doubles for
transporting foods up to the cockpit when dining ‘outdoors’.
Bake ware Folds, rolls, mashes, and fits just about anywhere.
Easy to clean, and doesn’t rust. Just about every type of bake
ware exists; from bread pans to muffins, cakes, cookie sheets, and more.
Only downfall is that due to the flexibility, some dishes can be
difficult to handle and keep their true form (I.e. our denser breads,
like banana bread, come out looking a little pregnant because the sides
of the bread pan expand under the weight of the dough).
While we were researching the latest products we found 100's of
flexible, foldable kitchenware items that weren't available when we left. These companies must have hired
some x-cruiser as the chief development engineer, because this would really
help reduce storage space on a boat. I can't believe anyone would need
it in a house with all that SPACE.
Cooker While not everyone out here has one, they are
terrific. Minimizes heat down below due to reduced cooking times.
Makes perfect, effort-free rice. And with the locked on lid you
have the added benefit of not loosing your dinner if the pot
accidentally goes flying across the galley. We have a
pressure cooker set that come with two
size pots with one pressure and one
glass lid (to use like a standard
pot) and an insert for steaming. Buy an extra Pressure Seal(
Set). If you buy the individual cooker, we suggest the
glass lid (or a similar sized lid) to turn it into a dual purpose pot.
Skillet When we first left I had a typical low-sided skillet
… underway various dishes would spill from edge to edge with the
movement of the boat. A skillet with deep, deep sides works much
better. If you lack space, and can’t justify carrying multiple
skillets, we recommend going with the larger/deeper skillet -- omelets
and pancakes are a bit harder to flip, but it’s manageable.
Knife Sharpener We also recommend
looking online or asking your local butcher, for the proper sharpening
technique. It really makes a huge difference.
Food Processor Kind of like those “as seen on TV salsa makers”. Ours is a nice
deep one (holds about 1L), and has both a blender insert and blade
insert. I use it for anything that requires mass amounts of
chopping or calls for a food processor / blender.
Board Trays We have two cutting boards with tray like
structures, in that the edges curve up every so slightly … not enough to
get in your way when chopping, but enough to contain any juices or
liquids from spilling over the board onto the counters. This is
especially useful when underway and when transporting meats from the
galley up to the BBQ in the cockpit.
Spray Pumps We have three, filled with olive oil, canola oil
(or any vegetable oil), and vinegar. Great for greasing pans, and
the vinegar is great for spraying breads and cheeses to prevent molding.
Soft Scrub The true miracle worker. Everyone I know uses soft scrub for their
galley counters. It removes just about any stain. Be careful
as it can be abrasive. Although our counters aren’t white, we
still use Soft Scrub with Bleach – we’re just careful to make sure it
doesn’t sit. (They do sell bleach-free soft scrub as well).
Keeper’s Friend A terrific solution to keeping all your
stainless steel rust free. We use it on everything, include our
silverware (just wash well afterwards). Friend use it to clean the
decks. We’ve only found it in two places; America and the Marshall
Islands … so stock up if you like it.
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