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Old 26-07-2015, 09:08   #1
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Pots and pans

The Admiral and I are having a "discussion". It goes something like this, "I need to bring this" , " No, you're not taking that."
The conversation mostly revolves around my Griswold cast iron, which has taken YEARS to slowly acquire and which I use daily.
I can't find any posts or blogs about this very important subject and would like to take 3 or 4 of my most used pieces with me.
Other than a small to medium sized pressure cooker, what are "must haves" and what are items you brought that you tossed ? Who else out there is using or has used cast iron ?
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Old 26-07-2015, 09:57   #2
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Re: Pots and pans

I'm not sure how cast iron would hold up on a boat. Maybe others have experience with them. I think you should take the utensils that you normally use the most. After tiring of moving pans to and from the boat, I purchased a set that stays on Amapola. I have a pressure cooker that I found in a thrift store and then bought a set of Magma nesting pans. They aren't cheap but I love them.
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Old 26-07-2015, 19:52   #3
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Re: Pots and pans

We found a "boatload" of stainless steel bowls at Goodwill. They all nest together. Now when we go to Costco we're always looking for boat things. I'd hate to spend hundreds of dollars buying stuff I think would be great, only to find later it doesn't work as well as we thought.
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Old 26-07-2015, 20:34   #4
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Re: Pots and pans

SSgtPitt,

The only item I wish I had brought that I gave away is a cast iron Dutch Oven. The only regret.... So I say, if you love your good cast iron skillet and Dutch oven, bring 'em along, keep 'em oiled. Make it work. Furthermore, it'll keep your wrists strong, too!

We actually have two pressure cookers. 6 qt. and 8 qt. Use 'em for different things, and like having tops that will by golly stay on in a rough seaway.




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I love my nesting magma pot and pan set. Saved heaps of cupboard space.

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Re: Pots and pans

I have an old cast iron griddle that's held up well these last 8 years aboard. As long as the cast iron is seasoned it will hold up well. I have just a mix and matched set of pans and pots, many from goodwill. The cast iron griddle was my grandmothers and then my mothers.

I find that I don't really use a pressure cooker all that much, like pretty much never. I have one, but it's just taking up space in the Quarter berth.
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We brought all our pots and pans from home, and a full set of crockery too, though not the "good" crockery.
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Re: Pots and pans

After thinking about this a while, I'd say bring what you use most often, or has a special use, like you bake your favorite Christmas cake in that baking tin, favorite rolling pin, weird stuff like that. You'll only have to replace them. Better to make room for them from the get-go. This is especially true if you enjoy cooking, or the products you make that are favorites for you.

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After thinking about this a while, I'd say bring what you use most often, or has a special use, like you bake your favorite Christmas cake in that baking tin, favorite rolling pin, weird stuff like that. You'll only have to replace them. Better to make room for them from the get-go. This is especially true if you enjoy cooking, or the products you make that are favorites for you.

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Agree completely!

I, too, left an excellent cast iron casserole dish in the UK when we left and regret it!
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Re: Pots and pans

Most important is to check to see what pots actually fit your cooktop, in the combinations you use most. I found that the pot holders on the stove top limited the sizes we could use, so I am looking to modify the top for a better fit.
Also, I can recommend Corning Corelle dishes. They are lightweight, compact, nearly indestructible, and not plastic!
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Re: Pots and pans

We have a cast iron pan. For grilling we find it better than a barbecue which is often difficult to get real hot. If you like food take the best pots and pans you have.
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cast iron does just fine on a boat. so do whatever your bettr half wants to use for cooking. let her win., your tastebuds will thank yourself when she cooks something awesome. back off the pots n pans stuff. she wins there.
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Re: Pots and pans

I would suggest to save room you buy a combination cooking pot with strainer lid. We used ours for three years and still have it in the house now.


http://www.amazon.com/Bialetti-Trend...+with+strainer
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Re: Pots and pans

Out of pure laziness, I size my pots and pans to fit the pan clamps so I don't have to move them. One burner small, for kettle and small sauce pan, one large for cast iron frying pan and large sauce pan.
I second the recommendation for Correlle dishes, I use the square ones cause they fit better in my tiny little boat.

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Re: Pots and pans

Magma nesting pot/pan set (stainless, with an encapsulated aluminum heat sink on the bottoms), slow cooker, pasta cooker/steamer, Corelle.


I don't doubt cast iron would work, but... storage space dictated.


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