Galley Gear & Tips
A well equiped galley will help you feel at home and not like you are camping everyday. On a boat we do not have to do without just because we live in small spaces. However appliances that you have become accustom to using on land may not be suitable for your new life on the water. Consumption of power and water are always main concerns when living aboard, but with a few well purchased items you will have a galley that any chef would be willing to create in.
The Language of Food
Cruising in non-English speaking areas can present its own challenges when it comes to provisioning of even just ordering a coffee. On our first day in Italy Karen ordered a "Latte" with her breakfast and was a but surprised to be delivered a glass of milk rather than her usual choice of coffee. It should have been expected however. The Italian word for milk is latte after all. She soon learned to order either a caffelatte or cappuccino.
We had many other experiences of a similar vein and wrote a blog on the issue which was later published by Cruising Helmsman magazine in Australia. To have a look CLICK HERE.
Making the Most Out of You and Your Galley
The Language of Food
Here are a few items that you should consider when equipping your galley:
A favourite of Karen's in the galley is her "Thermos ShuttleChef" thermal cooking system which significantly lowers LP Gas (Bhutan) consumption and saves a lot of work while producing fantastic food on the move. Many of her recipes listed provide instructions for both cooking in the conventional oven or the Shuttle Chef. Saving us time and energy
The Shuttle Chef is a slow cooker like no other. Only minutes of boiling on a stove top and the food automatically continues cooking for hours using the heat already in the pot. For more information about this cruisers best friend in the galley follow this link
|Stainless Steel Saucepan Set with Removable Handles|
|Good Quality Knife Set with Knife Magnet|
|Good Quality Storage System that will stack.|
|Multi Use Items That Stack|
|Collapsible Sillicon Whistling Kettle.|
|Over the Sink Cutting Boards|
|Collapsible Dish Rack|
|Stackable Collapsible Galley Utensils|
|Fruit and Vegetable Hammocks|
|Stick Blender with Food Processor attachment|
Other great things for your Galley
|Toasting Olive Bread on the Gas Stove Top|
Storing Wine Aboard Ship
|Karen enjoying an 18 year old Cabernet Sauvignon on Our Dreamtime.|
Growing your own nutrients on board
We also have our own small herb garden in a planter box on Our Dreamtime.
Organic Food Wrap
THE NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO PLASTIC WRAP FOR FOOD STORAGE — BECAUSE GOOD FOOD DESERVES GOOD CARE.
Internal temperatures for perfectly cooked meat
|Cooking Duck Breast on the beach|
Roasting the Whole Duck
- Pre heat oven to 190C.
- Dry duck with paper towel for a crispier skin. (if possible leave duck uncovered in refrigerator to dry skin out.)
- Ensure the vent end of the duck is open to allow even cooking. Never stuff the duck as it prevents even cooking. Instead, place your favourite herbs, zest of orange or garlic inside the cavity for a wonderful aroma while the duck is cooking. If stuffing is desired, cook it separately.
- Place duck on a rack in a roasting tray.
- Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Roast for 40mins per kg until golden brown then remove duck from oven and leave to rest for 20 mins.
Using Duck Fat
Cook Delicious Duck Breasts
information sourced from http://www.luvaduck.com.au/kitchen-tips/
Storage ideas for small space living
|When we shop we SHOP ....|
|Finding storage space for all of this can be daunting. Get organised and it will be surprisingly easy.|
1. Roll instead of fold.
2. Did we mention baskets?
We have hanging soft baskets for those everyday needs, quick grab and go solution. We also use baskets for extra provisions require for long Passages. And my all time favourite is "the where is is basket" this is located in the cockpit. It holds sunglasses, reading glasses, phones, iPads, books or anything else that seems to be laying around. If you leave it laying around too long it always ends up in "the where is it box"
|Stackable baskets for the heads keeps things organised.|
|Extra Storage baskets for long haul provisioning.|
|Soft rope hanging baskets serve for everyday needs.|
|A wasted space above a locker now holds hats in a secured basket.|
|An open shelf is never secure. Use storage boxes that you have secured to the shelf of extra storage.|
3. Seeing is believing.
|Labeling containers is a helpful option when you have dark cramped storage.|
4. Think outside the box.
|These are easily removed to provide access to storage behind.|
Hairdryer holders can be very useful if you have a hairdryer but if you don't they are great drink bottle holders throughout the day and can be the best waiter at Sundowners.
|Secured to the binnacle these are great drink bottle holders during the day|
and Wine bottle holders at sundowners.
Tool trays apart from the obvious are great first aid boxes enabling you to separate items into categories, and having a visual immediately where they are located. Karen also uses them for her jewellery. All these items have many uses aboard it's just thinking outside of the box.
|Plastic tool boxes are great options for so many storage options.|
5. Make space.
Racking on the inside of doors, uses space that quite often is under-utilised, we find having the easy to reach daily items saves time. Using compartments in draws also keeps things organised. It doesn't have to be a expensive solution, here we have used old take away containers. We also use cheap storage boxes to house small items. These are stackable and fit well in a locker. The boxes are labeled with the contents for easy reference.
|Spice Racks. These are a great size holding small quantities that can be refilled from deep storage.|
|The Deep Pantry is fitted with racking to hold bottles.|
|These ready buy stainless racking systems can be used just about anywhere for anything.|
|Fruit and veggie hammocks. keep fruit aired and fresh. turning your fruit regularly stops soft spots.|
|Below small draws on the front of the dinette are now false fronts|
with larger openings under the seats.
|Turn areas that weren't accessible before into new storage space.|
6. Add shelving where you can.
|Where the washing machine was once housed we now have|
shelving with secured doors for extra storage.
|Where we once had a wet locker we have now|
fitted with shelves for small tools.
7. Break it or Brake it.
|Don't put a brake on your life because you live on a boat.|
|We store our wine bottles in used baby romper suits.|
8. Safety first.
9. Where is it …. Where could I have put it.
|This is a plan of our lockers and storage areas. We have numbered each and put it into an excel file.|
10. Eliminate the extra.
|Find items that are multi taskers.|
|Secure your stowage areas. Rough seas will see things thrown around the cabin.|
And …. If you can convince Karen not to keep bring books onboard, Our Dreamtime will be a much lighter and quicker boat.