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05-21-2012 04:46 PM
travlineasy
Re: Food Suggestions

Janet,

The same technique works very well with frozen TV dinners. Place them in a cook-pot with an inch of boiling water, place the lid on the cookpot and in less than 10 minutes the TV dinner is piping hot. Again, use the hot water for cleaning up afterward.

Cheers,

Gary
05-21-2012 04:18 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Food Suggestions

Quote:
Originally Posted by JanetGroene View Post
Canned foods for and against:

Pro: Open can(s), remove label, sit cans in a pan in an inch of water, cover and heat. Eat out of the can(s), use clean hot water in the pan for washing up. Quick and easy for single hander. Washed cans make good baking pans for muffins, small cakes and until they rust are good for sorting, saving parts when you're disassembling something. Convenient, no waste, easy to fit into provisioning plan. Fully cooked. Require little fuel and, in a pinch, can be eaten cold.
Con: most are all-around nutritional duds and most contain too much salt. Cans rust and, if wet, lose labels. Use grease pencils to label; coat with goo such as Compound L. Messy. If they have aluminum pull-tops a drop of salt water can break the seal. Most new cans open on one end, which means you cannot remove both ends and stomp to flatten. Bulky to stow when full or empty. Ready-to-eat soups easy but you're carrying a lot of water in space that could be used for food.
We would often take off labels, mark with a permanent marker the contents, the paint with varnish. It was not my idea. I got it from a book somewhere along the way (I think it was Life Afloat, but not sure).

Brian
05-21-2012 11:12 AM
hasuehounds
Re: Food Suggestions

That's a great idea, thanks
05-21-2012 10:56 AM
JanetGroene
Re: Food Suggestions

Canned foods for and against:

Pro: Open can(s), remove label, sit cans in a pan in an inch of water, cover and heat. Eat out of the can(s), use clean hot water in the pan for washing up. Quick and easy for single hander. Washed cans make good baking pans for muffins, small cakes and until they rust are good for sorting, saving parts when you're disassembling something. Convenient, no waste, easy to fit into provisioning plan. Fully cooked. Require little fuel and, in a pinch, can be eaten cold.
Con: most are all-around nutritional duds and most contain too much salt. Cans rust and, if wet, lose labels. Use grease pencils to label; coat with goo such as Compound L. Messy. If they have aluminum pull-tops a drop of salt water can break the seal. Most new cans open on one end, which means you cannot remove both ends and stomp to flatten. Bulky to stow when full or empty. Ready-to-eat soups easy but you're carrying a lot of water in space that could be used for food.
04-07-2012 11:05 AM
unomio
Re: Food Suggestions

One more idea--take along plenty of dried spices and herbs. You can make even canned spaghetti pretty palatable with enough garlic, oregano, etc.

I don't make spaghetti from scratch under way because opening just one can and heating that is about as long as I can stand to stay below. Passagemaking is a great way to lose weight, though! :^)
04-07-2012 11:02 AM
unomio
Re: Food Suggestions

If you take along pasta, rice, flour, mixes containing grains (including corn), or beans, be sure to put them in airtight containers (meaning: not boxes) and to plenty of dried bay leaves in each container. This "old wives' tale" remedy not only has prevented weevils (and other critters) in our dry stores for the past 6 years, but even got rid of some we inadvertently brought aboard in pasta purchased in Mexico.
09-10-2010 02:26 PM
carl762 I'm going to cook up that pressure cooker rice dish tomorrow. Very simple and looks very tasty.

SD, MRE's aren't that terrible anymore. Should have had the pleasure to try C-Rats, back from the day I was in the Military. MRE's are galaxies beyond that flavor level.
05-27-2010 07:47 AM
hasuehounds if your taking cans before they rust wash the tops (where you open them) and take clear nail polish and paint the edges, it prevents rust
I was told buy the foods you like. I go to the dollar store, buy canned or dehydrated pototoes. corn beef, spam and mixs for pizza and bisquits..
you want easy cheap and easy to store meals..
good luck on living on your boat
04-26-2010 10:44 PM
sailguy40 Old thread but I will still add something. I think vienna sausages are a good source of canned meat to keep onboard. They are not the healthiest things but there are low fat ones and at least it has some decent source of protein. Plus they won't go bad. I personally recommend armour brand.
03-04-2010 07:24 AM
damies
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Originally Posted by Dcneuro View Post
Another treat, if you like this sort of healthy eating, is dried squid from an Asian market. They are usually about $1 or less per bag, and again, it lasts a long time,
That is not true.... they don't last long at all mmmmmm yummy

they might store for a long time, once the packet is open they don't last long, they get eaten quite quickly.........

Oh, I suppose that depends who's on board.

Dave.
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