Originally Posted by scarlet
how do you hold 7 months full of meats, etc? I'm thinking that's a TON of freezer space...
A lot of planning and work.
Keep in mind we're just a couple, and we're not very big. But we rarely eat in restaurants (only when guests take us out) and most of the places we go don't have restaurants. We do eat very well, so don't think we're sacrificing.
First, we have a 3.5 ft3 (100 liter) and a 7ft3 (200 liter) refer/freezer. Either can be set as a freezer or frige - just change the setpoint. When we leave on our cruise
we make the 200 l the freezer and the 100 l the refer. The main things that go into the freezer are pre-frozen meets, cheeses, and butter. All are vacuum packed or kept in their packs from the store if they came that way, e.g., we take a lot of pork tenderloins that are very efficient to freeze and store. Also, no bones are allowed in order to save space, e.g., only boneless chicken breasts and turkey
breasts. Boneless hot dogs
We pre-make the burgers and freeze them in packs of 2 or 4. The 200 l is top loading, so the upper portion doesn't stay fully frozen, so we put eggs and some breads and the fresh veggies we start out with in the top. Also room for fresh water bottles for drinking and maybe a beer
or two. (Remember, learn to drink rum, neat.) There's also some room to freeze fish
we catch, but don't eat right away. In the 100 l (set as a refer) we put the usual stuff like condiments, cheeses, veggies, maybe a few more cold drinks, and stuff coming out of the freezer to thaw for cooking
or use. Thawing in the refer saves a little power - it's like adding ice.
All other provisions are canned or dry goods that are pretty typical. A lot of pasta. A lot of flour. We use milk only for baking, but get boxed, long life milk that does not need to be refrigerated. Those potato chips that Costco sells have really thick wrappers that keep the chips fresh for a LONG time. Butternut squash is cheap
, lasts a long time, and makes terrific soup. Fresh made cookies are better, cheaper, and the ingredients take less room to pack than store bought cookies.
We have bought additional meats in civilization when we find it and the price
isn't outrageous, but this is rare. More likely to find eggs, veggies and fruit. Local baked breads are usually really good, especially in the French islands, but we usually make our own, except we do but burger and hotdog buns when we see them.
Halfway through our cruise we swap the freezer and refer as all the frozen stuff will now fit in the smaller unit. The batteries say ahhhhhhh as this swap saves a lot of power. A couple other times during the cruise we have to defrost whichever unit is the freezer which gives us an opportunity to take inventory.
Bottom line, with planning and smart shopping
, a couple can be pretty self sufficient with decent refrigeration
capacity. And it's WAY cheaper to stock up before you leave vs buying food
This should get you started.
2 Hulls Dave