containers Don’t be cheap; not all containers are truly
airtight, and bugs can eat through cheap plastic. Two
recommended brands: Rubbermaid Snap Top and Click Clacks.
Both come in various shapes & sizes, and can be stacked. Both have
rubber sealants in the lids … keeps bugs out, or if you get some bad
product, keeps the bugs in and from spreading to other containers.
Take the time to measure your various storage locations and
container options; done right you can utilize every nook-and-cranny.
We recommend smaller sized containers rather than huge ones; for example
instead of buying one large container that holds 10lbs of flour downsize
and buy two that will hold about 5lb each. This is more critical
for pastas, flours, rice, and other products that have a high bug
potential. You want to minimize contamination / bug spreading
potential when at all possible.
While product packaging in the
States can be great, it can be pretty lame on the remote islands, and
many places (like NZ) utilize Bin shopping … therefore good containers
will become more crucial as your journey progresses. We repackage
just about everything we bring aboard.
Green Bags They really do work, both in or out of the
refrigerator. Vegetables keep easily twice as long, if not longer.
Ziplocs The freezer bags seem to work best, as they are thicker and less likely
to tear. With washing & re-use they last virtually forever. Yes you
will wash ziplocks!! They even make a
rack for bags. For some reason no one in the world makes re-sealable
plastic bags like zip lock, we've tried them all. We ended up filling
our luggage with then on the way back to Majuro. Now ziplock even makes
large heavy duty bags for clothes, charts, and
souvenirs. We use a collection of
. They even have an
XXL that's 2 feet x 2.7 feet.
Wicker baskets Provides well ventilated area for storing fruits and veggies; without
swinging & bruising. Refer to various guides/books for what
veggies/fruits to not store within the same basket.
egg carriers/crates Work great for transportation (take them
to the store with you) and storage. Provides protection in the
refrigerator, and if an egg does break contains any spillage.
Outside the refrigerator, provides an easy turning mechanism. If
you have a choice in size, buy for larger eggs; as some out of way
countries only have one size eggs and you’ll have trouble getting them
to fit inside your carrier. (Our carrier fits a medium to large
sized egg, but is too small for extra-large eggs). We have three
carriers on board.
Spice Rack If you can find a spot to mount a permanent rack it is highly
recommended. Makes spices easer to find and organize, and frees
your cupboard space for other goods. Pick spice containers first
and build rack to fit.
Stackable spice containers work well,
the clear version lets you see the contents and they look good too.
Rack/Holder A sturdy holder or rack for sharper knives helps
minimize rusting and is a bit safer than having them loose in a galley
Clips There are a variety of types and styles … anything that will clip an
open bag will work. We also use ours for closing our Evert-Fresh
Keeper Screws on to soda bottles, and pumps to extract out
air, thereby maintaining carbonation.
Wine Bottle For keeping wine cold. We found it in
Australia and luckily we bought three. We decant our Chateau-de-Carton
into the aluminum bottle which chills in 1/3 of the time as glass.
Pear Foam & Tube socks Many times pears and other delicate fruits are shipped
to the grocery stores, individually wrapped in tubular foam pads (for
lack of a better description). These pieces of foam work perfect
for glasses and other glass objects in the galley. We also use
Tube socks for our wine and liquor bottles.
[Milk] These are great because they flatten and store away when not
needed and can be pulled out for those bigger provisioning times
(such as when initially heading out on a long passage or leaving a
location where you scored some of your long missed favorite foods)
Trunk Organizer When we have a lot of stuff we also use a collapsible car trunk
organizer which folds to nothing
Collapsible Left Over Containers They take up much less storage space, and you don't have to store them
stacked with unmatchable lids somewhere else just to save space.
Snapware Easy to access tops with nice rubber seals to keep everything air tight.
We have a set for coffee (grounds, sugar, powdered creamer), pasta,
rice..on and on.
Hand Pump) We finally added a electric Food saver in Australia and don't know how
we lived with out it. Things last much longer with out air. We even cut
up cheese and seal into a cheese plate collection. One guests arrive we
grab one, instead of opening five/six different cheeses. Make sure you
get extra bags that work in your machine, we wash ours a couple of times
and re-seal. The hand pump
has little stickers with foam on the bottom which act like one way
valves. You poke a hole in the can/jar lid place the sticker over the
hole and pump the air out. We tried using it with ziplocks but they
don't stay air tight very long.
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