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Meat Provision

I just got back from a week cruise in the Florida Keys with a total of 4 persons on my boat. Since my little refrigerator cannot hold frozen foods for that length of time nor that many people I found a great solution. I order a Omaha Steak package for the week. It came in a great stirofoam cooler in dry ice. When the package got here the day before we left I went to the local Public supermarket and got a 8 lb block of dry ice for $8. It kept the meat, beer and other food stuff frozen/cold for 4 days of the cruise before we had to get just normal ice for the rest of the cruise. I feed the crew great meals for only $120 (divided by 4 = $24 each crew member) for the week. Now I have a great container to store some of my loose stuff in my lazerette. So this accomplished two things for me; great food at a reasonable price and a place to store it all.
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Wow! Eating steaks for 24 bucks per person for the week! Your good!!
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That's not a bad idea... of course, it probably wouldn't work if you weren't in the US.
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Browncoat navy!

LOL, found the Browncoat Navy we have! Maybe you should start a Browncoat thread, Sailingdog -- we can get all cruiserly and fanciful over there!

Omaha Steaks does have a nice hefty rounded-edged cooler, for true. And for a week, that solution gives you both convenience and luxury at a reasonable (for vacation!) price. You only "pay" in terms of being on their blessed mailing lists for the next five years, but if you have a wood stove or a fireplace ashore, that could even be a blessing. It boggles the imagination what those folks can charge for a burger, though.
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LOL... Guilty as charged... I'm a browncoat and damn proud of it... Also a big fan of Fillion's new show, Castle. If you haven't seen it, one of the episodes has him in his Capt. Reynolds outfit for Halloween and a low-key reference to the Serenity movie by his daughter that most people watching the show probably missed.
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Thank you for the tips, Mel.

Steaks.
Sailing.
The Keys.
In March.

Sooooo, why wasn't I invited?
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It kept the meat, beer and other food stuff frozen/cold for 4 days of the cruise ...
That does not sound like a fun cruise.... The cooler can't possibly hold more than a six-pack..
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If you keep rotating fresh beer into the cooler, the possibilities are endless... take a beer out, put a beer in...not a really complicated thing to do...

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That does not sound like a fun cruise.... The cooler can't possibly hold more than a six-pack..
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What is "browncoat navy"? Doesn't sound respectable.
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We always grill the meats first then freeze them, place them in zip lock bags and pack them in a cooler with blue ice type ice packs. They stay frozen for several days in the boats Ice box that way. Then when you want to eat some it's much easier to warm up on the stern grill. The last time we went to the BVI's we shipped the cooler this way. That was before the air lines cracked down so I don't know how they would react to a cooler packed with frozen meat on a flight now.
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