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Nothing From Cans?
I'm all for NON REFRIGERATED items while cruising for more than a few days. EVERYTHING tastes good on a boat as long as you don't make people sick. I am amazed at the number of chicken recipes. My thoughts-with all the bad press on chicken, I don't want something that is messy to keep, or clean, or clean up after, on the boat. Best I do with chicken, is I take one of those rotiserie chickens for the first night. Canned goods can taste good and they don't spoil or need refrigeration.
This a great side dish on a boat and it is all canned:
French Cut Green Bean Cassarole, (we have all had it- Green beans, mushroom soup, and canned fried onion rings for the topping). Diference is you can heat it up on boat on the top burner and then throw the onion rings on top, cover it and it is done. Not the same as baking it in the oven, but keeps it a lot cooler below decks can even be done on the grill. If you want to get some raves throw some crumbled bacon bits, (from the jar out of the fridge on top).
Canned meats are notoriously saltly but can be a real hit when you are running for days on a boat. If soaked, a lot of the salt comes out.
Then grilled, or pan seared with some spices to give them a bit of color and flavor. Right from the can to the frying pan. Fried Spam with Mac & cheese (we prefer a nice Red Zin with this treat). They will rave about it, if you've worked em hard, even if they think they HATE Spam and haven't had Mac & cheese since they were kids. A litte Clove and brown sugar on a canned ham, with canned sweets and stove top roasted, topped with some canned pinapple that has been heated until it carmelizes. Can't beat instant Garlic Mashed potatoes on a boat for a quick and easy side dish that anybody who can boil water can make. Canned Hunt's Sauces need a lot of doctoring with some basil, garlic etc., but with some fresh caught fish, a litte parm cheese from the plasitc jar, and you can really take the boredom out of fish that you catch and of course have to eat. Or you really can use that canned Hunt's sauce with pasta, and some canned meats or Eggplant, or mushrooms. Biggest hit on the last off shore was Spam Marinara and stove top biscuits.