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02-08-2004 11:04 AM
Small boat cooking

Late for this discussion but with the propane you should get a refill valve to refill your empties from a 20# tank.Saves tons of $. Usually available at any outrdoors type store.
08-31-2003 09:21 AM
Small boat cooking

i make antipasto at becomes snack finger food or served over lettuce supper.
i get sliced pepperoni, Il Primo Genoa salami, ham chunks, cheddar cheese slices or chunks, crumbled feta cheese, provoline slices, tomato, celery, cucumbers black olives, any vegie you like really.. marinate in a small bottle of zesty italian mix in a large freezer bag in the cooler all day.
in the summer heat, this dumped over lettuce [i like to mix chopped romaine and riveiera mix] makes a wonderful meal with french bread.
you can dump it into pita bread for a great lunch.
saves on cooking.

but if you must cook..
poud of stew meat cut up small, can of beef broth, can of v8 juice, package of vegies sized for soup. i add a small bit of rice or cabbage..and some extra potato and inion

onion soup..
per person
1 can beef broth, one large onion, half stick of butter.
half teaspoon of beef boullion to taste.
cook the onion till it is barely limp in the butter [if i make this for 3 ppl i use only one stick of butter] add the broth cook another fifteen minutes on boil.. add boullion.
grate cheese over it and serve. whole thing takes about 20 minutes.
great on late watches.. dip stale bread in it to revive.
we use all three recipes for overnights and for passages
08-31-2003 09:12 AM
Small boat cooking

yes camp stoves are fine if you remember to ventilate.
I live on my ericson 27 since oct 2002.
ALL my cooking is on a gas campstove.
i removed the ''wings'' kept the lid.
when i go out sailing, i shut it and put it under the cabinet and that becomes my chart table.
wallmart has the best price [or maybe sams club] on the small cylinders. If I cook everynight and make breakfast i can get about a week per canister.

I use a sunshower.. even on cloudy days it will get warm, or I just heat water on the stove. One large glass coffe pot [half gallon] will heat about 2 gallons of water to bathing temp. I like my shower real hot.
s/v annies song
73 E27
08-22-2003 10:41 AM
Small boat cooking

I used to have a seal-a-meal thing. You could cook something, seal it, then freeze it. To prepare all you had to do was heat it in hot water. Of course, it had to be kept frozen or nearly so. But for weekends it was perfect.
05-16-2003 04:15 AM
Small boat cooking

Yes Stede, We like our hot water!!

I know a guy who mounted this just outside the head so he could use it as a shower, or to rinse of dishes in the sink. : )
05-14-2003 10:33 AM
Small boat cooking

Hey Lauralee.

I see you found this great source of hot water too. I purchased one of the "Hot Taps" and used it during my last offshore trip. I''ll never go back to a solar water bag! (Well, maybe if I run out of propane ;^)
05-14-2003 09:58 AM
Small boat cooking

For a hot shower check out this link for an inexpensive propane alternative.
Sometimes you can find these on ebay. Instant hot water!

We use the propane Magma grill for most of our cooking, but have used a cheap butane portable stove, and also an alchohol stove. Both worked fine, but took longer to heat up than the grill. When it''s raining you don''t want to be standing outside to grill something!

Have fun!
05-11-2003 05:42 AM
Small boat cooking

A few things we learned cruising on our 30-footer (she had a 2-burner Origo alcohol stove):

1) Magna Propane Grill on the stern rail!!!!!!! We cooked almost every dinner there.

2) Before you leave home for the weekend, "prep" some meals. I would chop up veggies for coleslaw or salad, put them in a ziplock bag, and make dressing in a jar to mix on board. I''d also put meat or chicken in ziplock bags with marinade and FREEZE them at home. I''d pre-chop anything messy I might need like onions or garlic. I would pre-make potato salad or pasta salad at home. Then when it was time to go sailing I would put it all in one of those soft-sided coolers, get a block of ice on the way to the boat, and load it all into the icebox (if you don''t have an icebox maybe bring along a real, hard-sided cooler and lash it below?). The meat/chicken would thaw slowly and be ready for grilling the next day (or that day if not kept right next to the ice). It made mealitimes super easy and we were still able to have really good, gourmet meals aboard. I would grill extra meat the first night and then for lunch the next day, chop it up and serve with the pasta salad leftovers. Yum. I rarely used the stove below, just for coffee/hot water in the morning and occasionally for rice or pasta or pancakes. Oh, and for heating wash-up water. You could do all this on a Magma Propane Grill, though: it has a holder for pots and pans.

3) Get an insulated pump-top thermos. We fill it with hot water each morning and then have it available for tea, cocoa, or "cuppa-soups" all day, as well as washing up.

4) Zip-lock bags rule on board. For leftovers, etc.

Have fun!
05-08-2003 06:08 AM
Small boat cooking

My C-22 came with a hotel-buffet style butane single burner stove, available at Walmart--it works really well. Buy aerosol-type cans of butane, cooks hot and is quite compact, no fuel jug to worry about. Then I put a board with edges across the cockpit seats and have a portable camping BBQ on it. You can slide the board towards the hatchway out of the wind, can BBQ on a rainy day with a tarp over the boom protecting the cockpit. It runs on 1 lb propane bottles that store easily. I have done some pretty elegant meals on this: the BBQ is good for putting a griddle on for things like pancakes and eggs, and you are not cooking down below. If you are interested in this BBQ setup send your email to
04-30-2003 02:59 PM
Small boat cooking

Actually, I only use the stove when docked or anchored. I have an Origo stove in the boat already, but find the campstove to be more convienent. Not sure what kind of waters you are sailing in, nor for how long at one time. I daysail and stay over on my boat, so don''t really use a stove while underway. If you were going to use one underway, the alcohol one would be much safer.

Fair winds,
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