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BTW, you can buy large portions of rice at Costco too. We do. This makes their meals quite inexpensive, plus (most importantly) all of this stuff is available wherever you go and YOU can eat it too!! A little safety factor built in.

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Re: Cruiser's Biggest Provisioning Surprises...

Brian,

First off, stop using so many paper towels. Use rags and sponges instead.

We found that bread was easy to get, but not always cheap. I don't mind spending the extra cash on local foods though. We also use the tortillas a lot more.

Beer was a bigger issue, but I found that good rum is an easy replacement.

Now that we are vegans (for this year anyway), who knows that the provision problems will be. I would hope it would be easier, but last time we were in the Bahamas, the fresh fruits and vegetables were scarce and on their last legs.
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First off, stop using so many paper towels. Use rags and sponges instead.

We found that bread was easy to get, but not always cheap. I don't mind spending the extra cash on local foods though. We also use the tortillas a lot more.

Beer was a bigger issue, but I found that good rum is an easy replacement.

Now that we are vegans (for this year anyway), who knows that the provision problems will be. I would hope it would be easier, but last time we were in the Bahamas, the fresh fruits and vegetables were scarce and on their last legs.
Who said it was ME using the paper towels!!?? You met my boys! (snicker). Truth is that I am as bad as they are... almost. We use the towels too. It is a hard transition though.

Anothe big surprise was the amount of trash we accumulate as cruisers. Yikes!!

I will say this, cruising sure give you a new perspective on your Footprint you leave on the planet... the water you use, the food you consume, the waste water, the trash, etc. Am I te only one that goes to a land-based toilet and flushes and thinks, "Wow! I'd be out of water in a few days if I had to use that thing!"

So you two went Vegan? Good for you. I tried the whole vegetarian thing once and didnt last very long. Problem is I am a sucky fisherman!

We will be stopping off in Manatee (Emerson Pt) in next week or two. The plan is the weekend after next. You wanna come? Lotsa cruisers going... February 1st... put it on your calendar!!

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Who said it was ME using the paper towels!!?? You met my boys! (snicker). Truth is that I am as bad as they are... almost. We use the towels too. It is a hard transition though.

Anothe big surprise was the amount of trash we accumulate as cruisers. Yikes!!

I will say this, cruising sure give you a new perspective on your Footprint you leave on the planet... the water you use, the food you consume, the waste water, the trash, etc. Am I te only one that goes to a land-based toilet and flushes and thinks, "Wow! I'd be out of water in a few days if I had to use that thing!"

So you two went Vegan? Good for you. I tried the whole vegetarian thing once and didnt last very long. Problem is I am a sucky fisherman!

We will be stopping off in Manatee (Emerson Pt) in next week or two. The plan is the weekend after next. You wanna come? Lotsa cruisers going... February 1st... put it on your calendar!!

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Yeah, I get the trash thing. It takes a bit of conscious thinking to think about it ahead of time, but I feel that it is well worth the effort.

We were once vegetarians for a year and decided to try vegan for 6 weeks this year, but we may stay with it or at least mostly vegan and vegetarian.

I'll try to remember about the Feb 1st. We have been wanting to get away from the dock, but have had too many friends visiting.
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Re: Cruiser's Biggest Provisioning Surprises...

It's really cold up here, the water is turning hard. So all this talk of raftups is making me quite jealous!

My biggest provisioning surprise comes from finding foods in forms different than we expect from the US. Butter in the islands comes in cans ("tins") instead of refrigerated sticks; coconut milk comes powdered - just mix with water; beans and vegetables that we're used to seeing in cans comes in glass jars; and tomato paste comes in a tube like toothpaste, just for some examples.

This link leads to a bunch of links from other cruisers' blog posts specifically about provisioning The Monkey's Fist: Collecting Cruisers' Perspectives: Is there Jif in Vanuatu?
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Re: Cruiser's Biggest Provisioning Surprises...

If the heat in the cabin is an issue, you can bake bread quite easily in a pressure cooker on the bbq or small camp stove. Bread is almost as easy as egg noodles to make.
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Re: Cruiser's Biggest Provisioning Surprises...

Corn chips.

umm yeah ok...first world problems I know. If Joshua Slocum or for that matter even the era of the Pardeys realised that for months the lack of corn chips on our boat was the number one issue onboard they would be disgusted. But there you go.

On the other hand we left with 24 kilograms( I'm not good at converting sorry) of rice onboard and now there is about 22 kilograms still onboard to say nothing of the canned goods we took that were largely untouched.

My personal fear was running out of toilet paper....water, fuel we could manage, but damned if I was going to run out of toilet paper. My wife is still finding rolls of it tucked into nooks here and there.
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Re: Cruiser's Biggest Provisioning Surprises...

Do you have paper towels that come in the one-third size sheets? We find it seriously cuts down on waste. If you need a bigger towel, you tear off a few together. We find that we almost never need more than the small sheet.

Also, we have a good supply of micro-fiber rags. They rinse easily and will dry quickly hanging over the faucet.
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