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Old 26-04-2012, 03:29   #1
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Storm Foods ?

What is everyone's favourite heavy weather food item.

The food you use for energy in really bad weather and the motion is such that cooking is a nightmare.

Hot and cold ideas please.
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What is everyone's favourite heavy weather food item.

The food you use for energy in really bad weather and the motion is such that cooking is a nightmare.

Hot and cold ideas please.
Stews. For hot food, eat in a bowl. , cold , bread cheese , fruit, chocolate

Funny I've always found unless its a real survival storm I can cook , or basically heat things in most circumstances.

If its really really bad , I live on biscuits and chocolate and open the odd tin of anything. I m usually to preoccupied to bother with set meals. if its cold I always try to heat water for " cup-a soups" . Anyway most storms pass in 24 -48 hours so living from bits apieces isnt to much of an issue.

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Stews.....Dave
Canned?
Pre-cooked on board?
Dried?
Any preferences?
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Re: Storm Foods?

Corn beef hash or boil in the bag supermarket curries. It has to be simple, quick and easy to make and eat.

if its really bad then ginger biscuits.

Dave mentioned bowls, used to use a plastic dog bowl when on exercise in the Army.

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Canned?
Pre-cooked on board?
Dried?
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Where I can pre cooked on board ( favourite beef and Guinness stews) in the med I found carrefour had good tinned stews so carried those for emergencies.

Yes good deep bowls with a wide base. I use small derp rugged plastic salad bowls. I used to make porridge. But after two spectacular spills ( it travelled the length of the boat )I stopped, it's like napalm if it's get on skin and like concrete if it sets cold.

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Re: Storm Foods?

My wife and I would cook up tasty dishes, vacuum seal and freeze them. The packages were relatively flat and stacked in the freezer nicely. There were four servings per bag--for me and three sailing buddies on the passages. We always had a homemade hot meal for dinner, even in Force 9 conditions. Does wonders for crew morale.

Dishes included beef stew, pasta with tomato/meat sauce, sauteed chicken breasts in mushroom cream sauce, sliced roast pork in gravy, lasagna, chili and rice, chicken cacciatore, and the like. We had about a dozen recipes we really liked. We cooked enough for the expected duration of the passage, with canned stuff for reserves.

We found that cooked pasta tossed with a little olive oil turned out great. You'd think it would be a solid mass after being vac-sealed, but it fluffs right up after it's heated. Same for cooked rice. Sides were salads for the first few days, then canned veggies. For rough weather we used pasta that would fit in a spoon, like penne, ziti or rigatoni. Linguini is to hard to eat when it's rough.

We'd heat a pot of sea water and plunk the bag(s) in. When hot, serve right out of the bag. No pots to wash. Hot seawater was used to wash dishes and utensils, with a fresh water rinse. We'd pull the next evening's dinner out of the freezer an put it on the reefer side to thaw overnight. No sense wasting propane thawing the meal, and it helped keep the reefer side cold.

When it was really rough we served a meal that could be eaten out of a bowl with one hand holding the bowl and one for the spoon--no knives and forks. Never had any problem heating up meals in rough weather, though the cook would wear foulie bottoms just in case the hot water sloshed over on him.
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Re: Storm Foods?

Well, I've used similar to all mentioned above, but rice is a great filler with a tin of whatever. The rice cooks itself by boiling up the water and filling a wide mouth flask with a cup of basmati rice. It cooks within 20-30 minutes and stays hot for a couple of hours.

If the seas are really nasty, I add the tin of hearty stew or chiil beans or whatever and sometimes a tin of corn or peas all into the now cooked rice [still in the flask] It heats up plenty enough and can stay warm until you are ready to eat it. Usually a bowl and spoon - although you may eat straight out of the flask if desperate enough. It washes out easily enough.

Breakfast I add oats, fruit, powdered milk and water. Sounds horrible but if youré hungry, it is good for ya!

Ginger biscuits are great as are anzac bikkies
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For really bad weather, I like fried side meat, biscuits, and grits and coffee!! Yumm of course a solid stomach is nessary ! LOL
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Pre-made boiled eggs.
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For really bad weather, I like fried side meat, biscuits, and grits and coffee!! Yumm of course a solid stomach is nessary ! LOL
Bob, you left out the greasy fried eggs!
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Re: Storm Foods?

But for cooking in heavy weather, anyone tried one of these
Wonderbag | Eco cooking that's changing lives

Seems like it could be hung from the deck head.
Cuts down on the time watching a pot on the stove, and saves on cooking gas.
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Anything cooked with ginger. Even though I don't get motion sickness, it seems to help.
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Re: Storm Foods?

First, are you talking storm foods or foods consumed during heavy weather?

During real storms -- granola bars

Heavy weather -- whatever is easy and can be heated in one pot. I keep frozen chili, pasta dishes, cooked dried beans, stews and any number of other similar pre-cooked foods in one-meal size packages in the freezer. Toss into a single pot to heat and eat from a deep bowl, usually up in the cockpit. Or my husband will eat a sandwich and I will stick to crackers or granola bars.

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But for cooking in heavy weather, anyone tried one of these
Wonderbag | Eco cooking that's changing lives

Seems like it could be hung from the deck head.
Cuts down on the time watching a pot on the stove, and saves on cooking gas.
Interesting idea. But, I think my pressure cooker accomplishes pretty much the same thing for me.
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For really bad weather, I like fried side meat, biscuits, and grits and coffee!! Yumm of course a solid stomach is nessary ! LOL
Bob, you have to pardon my ignorance of your local idiom, what exactly is side meat?
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