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Six essential gadgets for your Galley

Galley Chef on a Budget
(on the Endeavour Dawn Treader)

By

Dawn Shindledecker-Andre

After discovering the most useful site the boat galley, I decided that I would condense my seasoning storage. I could not believe how much space I have with the results! Not only the space that was saved, but the ease of using the spices while cooking became so much easier. Not to mention, when traveling on land to our timeshare, bringing extra seasonings was so much easier!

I would like to thank Carolyn Sherlock for her dedication to making our lives as live aboards so much easier and liveable!!

First of all, living on a sailboat is truly a fun life. If sea sickness is a problem for you then you can either not live on a boat or you can try to weather the sickness through by toughing it out. Most likely, after three days  the sickness will go away. First, there are always other options for avoiding sea sickness and that is dramamine®, bonine®, ginger and other remedies that are available, such as prescribed patches. However, if at all possible, staying on a boat for a consecutive three days will hopefully be the best cure.

Second, not everyone has an unlimited supply of cash available. Even if it is available, there is no reason to not consider having a food budget. Whether you live on or plan to travel for any extended period of time on a sailboat or power boat, planning meals can be enjoyable and rewarding. Especially when it is with only two people.

Thinking about this, you may wonder about the closeness of your living quarters. The Endeavour Dawn Treader is a 37 foot Endeavour built in 1981. The galley consists of a deep double stainless steel sink, an ice box (non-electric refrigerator), a three-burner GalleyMaid® propane stove with an oven, a 110v Kenmore® refrigerator and 110v convection toaster oven. Sad to say, this toaster oven bit the dust...so now we have a Turbo Convection Oven.

Outfitting this galley with basic utensils is not anything like the ordinary land-locked kitchen as space is obviously very limited. There is space beneath the stove unit to store almost all the utensils you will need for two or more people  (if guests are invited).

List of Pots and Pans on the Endeavour With Additions:

1 10" Stir fry non-stick pan w/lid (enamel coated)
1 4-qt. pan w/strainer lid
1 1-qt pan (enamel coated)
1 7" saute pan (enamel coated)
1 7" omelet pan w/lid
1 8" square cake pan
2 small loaf pans
1 6 ct. muffin pan
1 grater bowl (from IKEA)
1 2-qt slow cooker (110v)

Silicone cookware

cupcake pan
cupcake cups
square cake pan
round cake pan
pie pan
loaf pan
Silicone Steamer Basket
   

 

Serving and Cooking Utensils:

1 half-sized ladle 
1 half-sized slotted spoon
1 half-sized spoon
1 half-sized spatula (pancake turner)
1 regular size high temp spatula (pancake turner)
1 regular size high temp spoon
1 regular size high temp slotted spoon
1 regular size high temp ladel

1 butter knife-shape spatula
1 high temp spatula

1 serrated cutting knife
3 wooden stirrers and spatulas

Additional items that help make living on a boat a little more pleasant:

Blender bottle - Shaker
Paper baking cups
Meat mallet

More additional items:
Hamilton Beach hand blender with wisk and chopper attatchments
Kuke Collapsible Silicone Coffee Filter Cone,Dishwasher Safe
Jokari Minirifics 4-Piece Slice, Zest, Measure and Fill Gadget Set
Coleman Camp Stove Toaster
Genuine Joe GJO11952 Stainless Steel, Mirror-Finish Classic Vacuum-Insulated Carafe with Thumb Lever Lid
Tosnail Metal Stainless Steel Rolling Pin
Danish Dough Whisk
Prep Solutions by Progressive Adjustable Bread Keeper
Prepworks by Progressive Collapsible Dish Tub
Prepworks by Progressive by Progressive Collapsible Over-The-Sink Dish Drainer (over the sink extensions removed)
Collapsible bowls and Lock and Lock©  sealable containers
Kitchen seed sprouter

Most of the cooking utensils fit nicely into a square old fashioned glass pitcher purchased from the local Goodwill® store for $1.50, heavy enough to not fall over easily and can be secured with a small bungee chord.

The Dawn Treader's dining area is set up with a fold up table with a fold out extension that seats four people comfortably and also has a cabinet area (china hutch) to hold dinner plates, salad plates and eating utensils. Glasses, bowls, cups, serving bowls, plastic wrap and such are stored behind the sinks in cubby holes. There are also two cupboards with teak sliding doors.

The GalleyMaid® propane three burner gimbeled stove. For those that do not know what a gimbeled stove is, it is a stove that when on the ocean, moves with the motion of the ocean and has a rail all around the top so pans cannot slide off. And there are pan braces that hook onto the rails to keep the pans in place. The size of the stove's oven is similar to an oven that is the same as an RV or camper. There is also a nice countertop cover that covers the top when not in use.

The ice box lid and countertop over the ac refrigerator that provides an excellent preparation and serving area for preparing food and entertaining guests.

New additions

Hoping the new additions to our galley will prove to keep our veggies and fruits fresher.

veggie bag  veggie bag

New Halogen Turbo Cooker

thermal cooker

 

FOODSAVER® TIPS

 

FoodSaver’s® FreshSaver® has been one of the best product I have ever discovered. I have been using this product since February 2014. It is more convenient than the original FoodSaver® because of its size and because of the available space. It is so much more useful when living on a boat or in any size kitchen.

One of the best things about this product are the bags being used rather than the rolls that have to be cut and tossed after use. The bag with the two-way valve makes it more useful because after opening the bag and taking what you need out of the bag can be resealed. Making what food products you buy last so much longer, due the absence of oxygen inside the bag that can make food spoil more quickly.

Tip 1

When buying large or somewhat large quantities of lunchmeat, separate lunchmeat into amounts usable for short periods of time. Using regular size zip sandwich bags, place separated lunchmeat into the bags, zipping almost all the way closed. Place two of these packages into a one-quart FreshSaver® bag, place a folded paper towel inside with the bags, closing the bag securely and apply FreshSaver® to evacuate air. This technique will not only keep your food from spoiling but the paper towel will absorb any excess liquid. After opening each time to use the lunchmeat replace with a fresh dry paper towel and reseal. If planning to freeze the lunchmeat a paper towel will not be needed until thawing out. Then, a paper towel will be considered necessary.

The refrigerated lunchmeat can last up to two to three weeks using this method in the refrigerator. The frozen will last months and will be as fresh as the day the lunchmeat was purchased. My personal experience with the refrigerated lunchmeat has lasted well over 3-4 weeks and was just as fresh.
This also applies to fresh sliced deli meats and cheese.

Tip 2

When buying large quantities of cheese the FreshSaver® is by far one of the best products to use insuring the long lasting freshness of your cheese product. What I have done is to take sliced cheeses and separating them into usable size sections and taking plastic wrap and wrapping the sections, placing them into a FreshSaver® bag evacuating the air. For large quantities, the cheese can be frozen. To thaw the cheese place in the refrigerator overnight the cheese will be as fresh as before frozen. Suggestion: buy the cheese that has paper between slices. For cheese that is refrigerated always evacuate air after each opening. For block cheese place in FreshSaver® bag, evacuate the air after each use. The cheese will last longer than using regular Ziploc bags because air in the bags causes the cheese to not last so long.

Tip 3

FreshSaver® bags used to keep onions will amaze you as not only will the onion stay fresh, but will also not emit any odors into the fridge. As for lettuce, Romaine or Iceberg, rinsing the lettuce and wrapping in paper towels then placing in a gallon size FreshSaver® bag, removing the air, will make the lettuce last much longer than normal. Suggestion: when ready to use take the leaves for use and prior to returning the lettuce to the bag, trim a small edge from the core of the lettuce and replace with dry paper towels.

Although some people may not want to, the FreshSaver® bags are reusable if washed and dried thoroughly. I am so impressed with this product that I use it daily. I have used these bags to keep butter fresh, sauces and soups fresh (after frozen then air removed), even for brown sugar. The uses seem to be endless.

Flour and corn tortillas*
Amazing as it may seem, but there is no need to refrigerate both store bought flour and corn tortillas.
Suggestion: when buying fresh corn or flour tortillas always separate them prior to storing. Not only will they stay fresher but the ease of separating them prior to consuming will be easier…an old Mexican trick!

*I have recently discovered that no refrigeration is needed for both flour and corn tortillas. I have had both the flour and corn tortillas stay fresh for more than three weeks without refrigeration, keeping them in the same store bought bags.

Storing canned goods

As storing canned goods in limited space (ours is under and behind the settees), a great idea is to label the cans using a waterproof pen, i.e.; Sharpie, with the expiration date.

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