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Old 03-10-2015, 09:23   #31
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Re: What are essential foods to bring?

I take on two types of food. Survival rations, beans and rice, all sorts. A ton of butter stored in brine, canned fruit, etc. As well we pack on as much perishable meat, fruit and veggies as we can store for the first two weeks. We have decent refer/freezer space now but in the old days not so. We canned all our own meat.

We were different from many cruisers in that we often carried four or more live chickens in crab pots on deck. They were great atoll finding nav aids (just get down wind of an atoll and watch them) don't give them names, feed them scraps and play two out of three black jack for who does the deed when it's poultry night.

All good suggestions from those above
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Re: What are essential foods to bring?

All you need is chocolate. Water helps.
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Re: What are essential foods to bring?

I think it's just like learning to sail. Some look at all the lines and say "I don't want to work that hard" and they go find something else to do. It all comes down to attitude.

If your interest isn't in preparing food (and it sorta sounds like that) you still need to know some basics or you will become ill. A lot of men friends who are single carry around some sort of cookbook and they all have similar names;
"5 Ingredient Meals" or something of the sort. Not Martha Stewart but who cares?

It's just as important to know about good food and good nutrition as it is to know all the systems on your boat.

Last thought: The Pardy's didn't have refrigeration and she wrote a book, The Care and Feeding of the Sailing Crew". Buy it and try it. Good luck.
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Re: What are essential foods to bring?

olive oil, hot sauce, pepper, salt, bottled lemon juice, rice (in mason jars), ramen; canned-beans,tuna & spam; potatoes and onions (but assume a 3-4 week life in storage). I will not starve or get scurvy but the fishing better be good.
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Re: What are essential foods to bring?

We carried the little boxes of milk and cream and condensed milk that did not require refrigeration and had a long shelf life. You can get them everywhere in Mexico but may be hard to find in the US. Or it may be easy. We loved them. We also carried the terrible for you diet but quick/easy/filling Ramen noodles. Ate many of those on rough passages since you only needed to boil water. Could only do them for lunch but in a pinch they would keep you alive. Tons of salt though. Box fruit drinks are good too, and I never went anywhere/anytime without my beloved regular Coca Cola. And Lays potato chips. Just a quirk of mine.

But that brings up another good thought: you should carry easy to store "treats" for you and your crew. Something you really like. It can break the monotony of some passages or anchorage diets. Usually fruit, candy, nuts, but could be something else.
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All you need is chocolate. Water helps.
You mean, Like Water for Chocolate?
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Re: What are essential foods to bring?

Potato chips on a sailboat!!??

Just don't take any bananas aboard.

Both are considered by many to be undesirable or unlucky on boats. Every sport or hobby or avocation has its taboos.

If you haven't yet tried it, a banana and potato chip Sandwhich is tasty, with the mix of salty, sweet, soft and crunchy all together.
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You mean, Like Water for Chocolate?
Great play on words.
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Potato chips on a sailboat!!??

Just don't take any bananas aboard.

Both are considered by many to be undesirable or unlucky on boats. Every sport or hobby or avocation has its taboos.

If you haven't yet tried it, a banana and potato chip Sandwhich is tasty, with the mix of salty, sweet, soft and crunchy all together.
I have heard about bananas being taboo, and women too, but never potato chips. That sir, is sacrilege. Eating potato chips and bananas together remind me of brownies. Don't ask me why.
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Re: What are essential foods to bring?

Brownies are mandatory. I have finagled my way into many hours of free boat help with the offer of brownies at the end of the day. No lie.
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A ton of butter stored in brine, ...
Remimded me of canned New Zealand butter we used to get in Belize. Very good quality butter with a very long shelf life.




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A lot of men friends who are single carry around some sort of cookbook and they all have similar names;
"5 Ingredient Meals" or something of the sort. Not Martha Stewart but who cares?

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Carry a cookbook? Pansies. When I used to move boats back and forth between Belize-Guatemala a lot (only a couple of days max), my standard provisioning was 2 gallon jugs of water, several foil packs of refried beans, and a small bottle of Marie Sharps hot sauce...tear the end off the foil pack, squirt some Marie Sharps in there, give it a stir, squeeze pack to eat...two ingredients, no cooking, and no dishes to clean!

An added bonus, I'm sure Martha would be appalled.


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We carried the little boxes of milk and cream and condensed milk that did not require refrigeration and had a long shelf life. ...
We carry these too (IDEAL brand in Central America) for emergency coffee milk when we cant get regular milk.

Better grades (only a few brands and harder to find) of powdered milk are good for this too.
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Re: What are essential foods to bring?

With long time cruising, your tastes will adapt. If you run out of your favorites, remember, hunger makes a lot of things taste better than you originally thought.
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Re: What are essential foods to bring?

My list..... varies a bit on account of availability. Its a bit daunting the first time you do a big 'shop' if you are only used to weekly grocery shopping.
Rice
Azucar
B/Cereal
Muesli
Oatmeal
Té, leaf
Te Sacos (x100)
Te, herbal
Corn Flour
Baking Powder
Harina(SR)
Harina(plain)
Pasta
Spaghetti
Papas Puree
Noodles,
Packet Soup
Coco rollado
Coconut cream
Salt, coarse
Salt, fine
Galetas Dulce
Galetas seco
Cereal Bars
Chocolada
Condiments
Acietes
Allcaperas
Anchovies
Basil
Bay leaves
Bi-carb
Cake Mix
Spinach dip
Branston Pickle
Chutney
Cinammon
Curry
Garlic,
wet Chile,
wet Ginger
Horseradish
HP Sauce
Cloves
Lemon Juice
Mango Pickle
Mayonaise
Mint sauce
Mint Jelly
Mixed Herb
Mixed Pickle
Mustard
Oregano
Parmesan
Pepper
Sage
Salsa Tom/c/Carne
Salsa Soy
Salsa Tomate
Salsa worcestor
Stock Cubes
Tabasco
Thyme
Tom Paste
Salsa/p/Pasta
Vanilla essence
Vegemite
Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar
Yeast
Rosemary
Mustard seeds
Garlic
Granules
Tinned Goods
Tuna
Large Herring
Smoked oysters
Sardinas
B/Beans
Beans
Beetroot
Cebollas en vinagre
Chick peas
Chocla
Espárragos
Gerkins, large
Lentils
Mushrooms Sliced
Mushrooms Whole
Pate
Peas
Jalapenos
Pimientos
Tomates/entiro
Damascos
Duraznos
Manzana
Peras
Dry
Apricots
Prunes
D Ginger
Dates
Mango
Cashews
Peanuts,
large Sultanas
Walnuts
Jams
Jam
Marmalada
Miel
Eggs, doz
Long life milk
butter
Marg
Pan
Pan Dolce
Cake

coflers
F/Friends
Toffees
Crema, larga vida


Fruit Juice

Damasco 6
Durazno 6
Grapefruit
Manzana
Naranja
Pina
Tomate V8

Fresh
Beef
Lamb
Carne molde
Salchichas
Tocino de cerdo
Jamón
Salami
Pate
Chook entiro
Salmon
Congrio
Vegetables
Aji
Ajo
Cebollas
Chocla dulce
Lechuga
Papas, kg
Cabbage
Tomates, kg
Zanahoria
Capsicum(pce)
Frutas (Kg)
Banano
Limons (pce)
Manzana
Naranjas
Palta
Pinas
Queso
Grande
Pequeño
Brie, etc

Aceite de Cocina
Aceite de oliva
Cif
Detergente
Disinfectante
Fosforos
Jabon de polvo
Jabón líquido
Papel de cocina
Papel hygenico
Pilas AAA
PilasC
Pilas AA
PilasD
Shampoo
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Re: What are essential foods to bring?

The only question for the op is "what DO you like to eat?"
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Re: What are essential foods to bring?

Noodles, noodles or more noodles. they are a dry good & packets are well sealed so they last forever. Unlike potatoes spaghetti & rice they need only hot water or a minute boil so saving on gas. They also have spice packets included.
You can have them as a soup or a stir fry with any veggies fish or meats you can pickup locally. Also goes well with tinned fish and veggies such as cabbage, onions, carrots and potatoes finely chopped to cook quickly.
Remember refrigeration has only been around for the last 100y or so. For thousandsof years we stored food by salting, drying and pickling.
So I also like to keep several jars of pickled vegies, sauerkraut or kimchi (good vitamin source) and olives. They are excellent when the fresh stuff eventually runs out. Buy the smaller jars not the large bulk unless you really like them.
Dried fruits and nuts are tasty treats and convenient in heavy weather when cooking is not an option.
Some salamis especially the hard dry varieties keep well.
I try to buy things in plastic sachets instead of bottles or cans. They weigh less to carry but best is they can be washed and folded up into a small space for later disposal ashore.
Box wine lasts longer than open bottles.
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