Operating life w/o a net
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: North East Florida
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About 6 months before we moved onto the boat, I purchased the cookware I thought I would want to have on board and packed up all my cast iron. I then used the new cookware to get used to it and did fairly well, however, I was never happy with the SS fry pan. After one year of living aboard, I finally gave up and pulled the cast iron pan out of storage and have been using it for the past two weeks. I gave my stainless one away yesterday. All my pots are good stainless and I like them just fine.
About 6 months ago, I purchased a rather new product for bake ware. It's blue, is flexible, and can stand the heat of the oven. What is nice about this stuff is it does not rust, its easy to clean, and because it can be folded or stuffed into a small space, I was able to get rid of my bake, cake, and muffin pans. The only down side to this product seems to be because it is so flexible, I have kept my metal cookie sheet and use it when I pull said cookware out of the oven to keep it sturdy.
My husband insisted on the microwave and like most of us who have one aboard, I use it as a glorified bread box.
While you are still home, figure out what you have space for on the boat and do not use anything else for a while. See how that works for you and then you can modify as necessary.
Top draw for silverware for six persons, second draw for all my cooking utensils, and the bottle opener attached to the cabinet. My 4 wine glasses are attached easily and securely to a wood strip with rubber holders the stems slide into. This has been mounted on the cabin house side in the galley and is nice for keeping them safe and out of the way.
One other note about pots. I have several on board but one in particular is very tall. This one is great for using less water because of the depth of it, however, not so large in diameter. Great for pasta, lobster, or steaming. You may want to also try to have pots with the same size lids so you do not have to carry so many. One of my lids fits three pots/pan. One lid fits one pot and one small fry pan. Just another way to save some space.
On my wish list is a pressure cooker. I want to get a good one and they are not cheap but from everything I have heard from all our cruising friends, you will not be disappointed.
Last edited by SchoonerMISTRESS; 08-01-2007 at 10:18 AM.