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Top tips for cooking on a sailboat

Planning your dreamy sailing holidays, requires enough time to think, organize and prepare in advance, to ensure everything will run properly and all everyday activities will be as less time-and-energy consuming as they could be! When it comes to cooking on board, here’s what to consider and prepare before your sailing adventure begins!
  • People tend to be hungrier at sea. Recall your own holidays experience, even if you have not been on sailing holidays before: Returning from the beach, not only the sense of hunger is strikingly stronger than your everyday life on dry land, but also everything tastes much better! To make sure nobody’s dying of hunger by dinnertime, serve healthy snacks throughout the day (fruit, nuts, crackers, etc).
  • Ask for your fellow travelers’ tastes and diet restrictions before you leave. Out at sea isn’t an ideal time to suffer from an allergic reaction. And, you are on vacation, why to cook an alternate meal for any person that doesn’t like what you planned.
  • Make a precise list. Keep in mind that storage places are limited in a vessel, so do not overdo it when shopping your supplies. For example, try to estimate exactly how many onions you’ll need, so you will save useful storage space in the fridge and kitchen cupboards.
  • Order your supplies. For your convenience, you can ask the tour operator or the boat owner for a provision list form, fill it up with your shopping needs and they will cater all supplies are loaded on board upon check-in.
  • Plan the meals according to the equipment you have on the boat. All boats come with fully equipped kitchens but do not miss to take a diligent look to the kitchen equipment and the cooking facilities, in order to plan your meals accordingly. What if you plan for barbequed meals only, and there is no BBQ but a cooking oven instead?
  • Bring your favorite kitchen tools with you. If you are used to cook with specific kitchen gadgets, do not expect to find them among the common kitchen equipment. Also, you’d better bring your favorite knife, since you are familiar with its use and minimizes the possibilities of kitchen accidents.
  • Name one person responsible for managing the food. Anyone can help prepare the meals, serve, and clean up, but it’s very helpful to have just one person responsible for the kitchen. Fitting all that food into the small fridge and in all the hidden storage spaces of the boat will be challenging, and having one person to remember where everything is, eases the whole process. This person is also responsible for ensuring the freshness of ingredients and will be able to advise if something isn’t edible anymore.
  • Don’t forget that storage space is very limited. Especially in the fridge. Bring canned milk and drinks that can be stored at room temperature. For your booze, prefer canned beers.
  • Plan for lunches that can be prepared in advance. Do not think you’ll be always able to cook while the boat is moving. Even on a calm sea, a boat is a boat, and by nature it’s ever moving. Prepare quick healthy snacks, sandwiches or salads in the morning when the boat is still anchored.

Expert tip: A headlamp can be a very helpful gadget to help you watch over the food in the in the oven without having to open the oven door.


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