Lurker Beast made the single
most cogent comment and wasn't recognized:
"IF YOU DON'T EAT IT AT HOME THEN DON'T BRING IT ON THE BOAT."
now the way you think you will at sea. It will be the single
most useful experience you will have contributing to what you will really do.
No McDonalds, no Subway, no TGIF -- just you and what you put on the boat. Practice NOW while you can learn and adjust. Plan to bake bread at sea? Stop buying
bread and start baking.
I'm a foodie and will leave out some of the more obscure stuff I do (like making mayonnaise from scratch).
I live on my boat. I cruise
. I do deliveries (and most of the cooking). Here are some things I have learned, sometimes in conflict with "what everyone knows," "what all the books
say," and what the cut & paste sailors post.
- nets are a nightmare for fresh food
. No matter what orientation you hang them in they will cut through the flesh of fruits and veg and make a huge mess. Nets are great for clothes and okay for things in boxes.
- the closer you can get to raw ingredients the longer things will last and the more flexible you will be. For example - look at the ingredients for Bisquick or pancake mix -- they are all already on your list! You can make your own in small batches between passages.
- you can't beat Lock-n-Lock for storage
. Foodsaver vacuum sealers are the bomb.
- don't buy anything in bulk you haven't tried. We haven't found a canned ham yet that is acceptable to us. Just gross. YMMV. Don't buy a case of something you haven't eaten.
- dried backpacking foods and prepared foods are expensive.
- read Lurker Beast's advise again. Start cooking.
- get good knives. Get a couple of good pots, a high lip pan, and a good pressure cooker. Don't buy sets. Buy one at a time and try them out and integrate into your cooking before branching out to the next thing.
There are lots of other things that work
great for me, but until you start cooking for real and come to understand your own style and expectations my successes may not be useful to you.
sail fast and eat well, dave