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I am buying a 26 foot sailboat, which should be delivered sometime next week and I need advice for good food, that is light(I'm already taking 50 cans of spaghetti, clam chowder, etc.) and I need to know about food which doesn't require refrigeration.
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Pasta, rice, beans, and grains are all light weight and store for very long periods of time, provided they are kept dry. They do require water to prepare generally. Beans can provide a decent source of protein that is not dependent on refrigeration.

You don't say what kind of trip you are stocking the food for. Is it a long bluewater passage, or a long coastal cruise? The two trips would require very different supplies, as on a coastal trip you have the option of stopping for supplies, water, fuel and other necessities. This is generally not an option on a long bluewater passage.

A few other questions that might help.

Do you have a full galley on the sailboat?

What fuel does the stove use?

Does the boat have a watermaker?

How much potable water tankage does the boat have?

How long is the passage estimated to be?

How many crew are going to be on the passage?

I would also highly recommend that you take a large bottle of multivitamin supplements along, and take one every day of the trip to prevent any nutrient deficiency based diseases... like scurvy. :D
 

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Canned spaghetti...Good Lord! Ugh. I know, no water or cooking required but still, it isn't so hard to make the real thing and you've got so much more variety in what you can do with it.

Beware that cans can quickly rust on a boat, and labels fall off and clog the bilge pump. Using a magic marker to label the cans on the end is a good idea (if you can't recognize them other ways) and if you are planning to store cans long term, remember to rotate them and check for rust, or else dip them in wax to protect them. (Plain white canning wax.)

Check out the articles here and on other sailing web sites, you'll find plenty of advice on specifics.
 

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The first time I went backpacking, we made the mistake of taking a lot of canned goods. The problem is that the empty cans are still pretty heavy. By the time we got out of the woods, we were carrying over 10 lbs of trash. Might not seem like much but I usually try to keep my pack around 40 lbs or 50 lbs, which means 20% to 25% of the load was garbage. There were 5 of us making garbage and the 3 guys rotated who had to carry it. Halfway along, we tried to bribe a DNR cop into taking it out on his boat but he laughingly said he couldn't do that.:D

Even if you plan to toss the empty cans in the water, ( I hope you won't) that's still extra, unnecessary weight.

One thing I learned backpacking to add to the food list. Tortillas! Taste like bread but are easier to carry and don't spoil as easy. Make your favorite sandwich with tortillas. I've had many PB & J sandwiches on tortillas cause the ingredients stay good for quite a while, even without refridgeration.
 

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If you want to carry fresh eggs, coat them lightly in petroleum jelly (Vaseline?) and store in cardboard-type egg boxes. Invert them weekly to stop the yolk settling and they'll keep in a locker for several weeks even in hot climates. If you're unsure of their freshness check this link for advice http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/matthews53.html
Also, if you have an oven, learn to bake fresh bread, great for the morale and lovely to eat. And keep powdered milk (Nespray), much better than the so-called long life cartons of allegedly fresh milk. I once had a dozen of these turn in one day with widely varying sell-by dates. A few burst and contaminated the entire locker.
 

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"And keep powdered milk (Nespray)," In the US, whole powdered milk is almost impossible to find. But Nestle still makes it for the South American market under the brand name "Klim" and if you have a supermarket that carries spanish market products, you can still buy it here this way. Nestle makes a whole range of similar products, some fortified, some higher fat (40+%), very confusing if you don't speak Sudamericano. Priced similar to powdered non-fat dry milk in the US.
 

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G'day.
Here is one I use when I cruise here in OZ. Go get some sprouts, try them out, pick the ones you like then go to a health store, buy some seeds and ask the store how to grow them and look after them.
Takes up no room, easy to do, always have something fresh on board and believe it or not, they are good for you.
(They live in little bottles and make no noise)
 

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I lived primarily on Top Ramen for my four years in college - it is cheap, easy to make and very salty - YUM! If you are gourmet, try a brand called Sapporo, they have a better noodle quality. Also, add an egg to the broth, or green onions, or skip the powdered seasoning and just cook the noodles in chicken or beef broth with a dash of soy sauce.

Use your imagination, the varieties are endless!
 

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Top Ramen isn't exactly a balanced diet... good way to get scurvy... ;)
 

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I have found freeze dried meals by "Mountain Home" to be very good. Available at sporting goods / outdoor stores, "Dicks" in my area. All you need is 2 cups of boiling water to rehydrate the package and that's it. No clean up, very little trash and light.
 

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But how much do they cost. Most cruising sailors are on a fairly strict budget. Freeze dried meals tend to be pretty pricey.
 

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I think I'm in shock... Infonote posted a reply that was almost on topic and not spamming for his own website... ACK! ;) Actually, the site he posted was nice, but had little to do with the cost of freeze-dried foods.. which was my question for DaveA
 

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In the sailnet archives there is a good article

http://www.sailnet.com/collections/articles/index.cfm?articleid=pardey0001

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It is well worth taking the time to look at prices, sizes, and contents of different packages in different stores. I've found that supermarkets often have lower prices than cash-and-carry firms, especially if they package their own brand-name products. Supermarkets also tend to carry more individual-serving-size cans than cash-and-carry shops, chandlers, or wholesalers do. But try store brands before you stock up. Larry loves Safeway tomato soup, but he won't eat Sainsbury's version.
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Beans, cereals and pasta are 1500 to 2000 calories per pound. All of the need water for prep. Ham can be dried and kept for long terms. pickles are the traditional way of keeping food from spoiling. Don't overlook the need for fat in your diet and for cooking.
 

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Beans, cereals and pasta can also be cooked in a mixture of salt and fresh water, so their need for water doesn't necessarily mean that you need to use all freshwater...
 

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I'm skeptical of using part salt water. Particularly beans -- the salt slows the beans ability to absorb water and makes them tougher and take longer to cook. (That's why you don't salt them until ready to eat). So, save water but use more fuel? I'd just use pressure cooker. Besides, where we're sailing now, WAAAAY too polluted to use the water for anything like cooking or washing!

Like PB, we use a lot of ramen too, with antiseptic - boxed tofu (needs no refrigeration) for protein. Oh yeah, and a squeeze of lime for scurvy ;-)
 

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Ramen has the advantage of being very easy to prepare and quick too. True that beans get tougher with salt, but it does work quite well for other foods. I particularly like hardboiled eggs that were boiled in salt water...as they seem to taste better to me. :D

BTW, I wouldn't recommend using saltwater unless you're really far out in the ocean, where pollution and bacterial contamination are really not a risk.
 

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ALL foods taste better when you're really far out in the ocean ;-)
 
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