Life Aboard

Using the Galley

Secrets from Deb Temperly

“Cruise Director” of S/V Island Time

 

“To Keep Your Crew Happy, Well-fed and Lookin’ Good”

Presented at the Whitby/Brewer Rendezvous, October 2009

 

BEST CONTAINER FOR DRY FOODS

Lock N Lock Containers in Assorted Sizes

  • Keeps cookies and crackers crunchy for months
  • Stacks nicely

Suggestion:  Use only rectangular and square ones, not rounded ones

Available:  Walmart and Internet

 

BEST CONTAINER FOR LIQUID FOODS

Ziploc round containers

  • Tested and recommended by Real Simple Magazine
  • Two Sizes that efficiently stack; covers stack; covers interchangeable
  • Inexpensive
  • I have never had a spill in 5 years!

Available:  Any grocery store

 

BEST FREE BEVERAGE CAN STACKERS IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR

Liter Soda Bottles

  • Adaptive Reuse
  • Just cut the top off and cover cut edge with duct tape

Available:  From your trash!

 

BEST FREE ORGANIZERS IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR

Milk Jugs

  • Adaptive Reuse
  • Easy to Make

Available:  From your trash!

 

BEST WAY TO KEEP CREW “LOOKIN’ GOOD”

Shout Color Catchers

  • Extra dye colors are captured during the wash cycle
  • Keeps colors from bleeding

Available:  Any grocery store

 

BEST ICE CUBE TRAY

Orka Brand Ice Cube Trays

  • The bottom of each ice cube mold is silicone and you can push up on the ice cube
  • Tray has a cover so you can stack them

Available:  Stores like Marshall’s, Internet

 

BEST MEASURING SPOONS

Progressive Magnetic Set

  • Each Size has both a rounded and an oval end to fit jars, etc.
  • You can separate when working with them
  • Magnet keeps them neat and stacked in galley drawer

Available:  Stores like Marshall’s, Internet

 

BEST CUTTING BOARD

Oxo Brand Folding Board

  • Compact size to fit in limited space
  • Large working size when opened
  • Not very expensive

Available:  Stores like Marshall’s, Homegoods, Internet

 

BEST ALL AROUND COOKING DISH

Orka Steamers or Tagine

  • Can use in microwave or regular oven
  • Unbreakable
  • Can be squashed for storage
  • Excellent serving dish
  • My dishwasher says “they are easy to clean”

Available:  Stores like Marshall’s, Homegoods, Internet

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE TO MAGMA GRILL

Grill Pan

  • Keeps “rail” clear
  • No separate fuel required
  • Can be used immediately - does not require a “project” before you can use it
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • My dishwasher says “they are easy to clean”

Available:  Rectangular one found at RV stores, Circular one at stores like Marshall’s, Homegoods, Kohl’s

 

BEST SOUP TO USE UP LEFTOVERS

Alessi Zuppa Toscana - Tuscan White Bean Soup

  • Dried product that stores easily
  • Great with added bits of meats and/or vegetables
  • Also great when you add a can of chicken
  • Top with Parmesan Cheese and a drizzle of Olive Oil for extra flavor

Available:  Almost every grocery store - check the Italian/Imported foods section

 

BEST EASY DESSERT THAT LOOKS FANCY

Oreo Fun Stix

  • Looks elegant
  • Reasonably priced
  • Twin wrapped so it stays fresh
  • 90 calories per pack
  • Choices: chocolate or vanilla

Available:  Almost every grocery store

 

BEST PRODUCTS TO INSPIRE YOU TO BE CREATIVE

Fiore Olive Oils and Vinegars

  • Excellent quality
  • A little bit goes a long way
  • Unique flavors that are subtle
  • “Jazzes up” some plain items
  • Recipes via email
  • Makes you look like a gourmet cook with little effort

Available:  www.fioreoliveoils.com

 

TIPS FROM PARTICIPANTS

  • Collapsible colanders, bowls and differently sized dish racks made from silicone.  Available from Bed, Bath & Beyond, Marshall’s and T J Maxx
  • Book: An Embarrassment of Mangoes A book about a Canadian couple who cruised down the Caribbean chain.  Great story and good recipes.
  • Book: Care and Feeding of The Sailing Crew
  • Brinkman for canned meat (suggested to choose “no salt” versions)  Check their website
  • Debbie Green Bags.  Keeps veggies fresh.  Make sure they are zip-seal type, and suck the air out before closing
  • Put Bay Leaves in jars, bags of rice and pasta to keep out small bugs
  • Soda Maker - www.sodaclub.com Carbonates water to make soda water, tonic or 25 flavors of soda
  • Seal-A-Meal.  Vacuum seal meat or fish in serving sized portions
  • Idahoan Instant Mashed Potatoes are great.  Can be bought in bulk at Sam’s Club.
  • Add 1/2 can Cream of Mushroom Soup to Progresso Soup to make a creamy satisfying meal.
  • Use a pressure cooker.  You use less energy and can make bread in it.
  • Freeze dried ice cream.  Mountain House.  Gamma irradiated food.
  • Jet Boil pots to reduce energy use and heat.  You can insulate regular pots and lids from McMaster Carr.