Deli meat sandwiches and tuna salad are great boating meals…for a short while. Many avid boaters prefer to prepare fresh meals in the galley for more of a culinary variety. However, galleys have obvious limitations and you can only work with the ingredients that are on board. So, what’s the best way to cook on your boat?
It’s important to remember the small size of your galley when planning meals and shopping for ingredients. For instance, if you only have a single-burner stove available, it’s best to plan some single-pan meals. And with limited counter space, it would be very difficult to prepare a meal that required many steps. Keep it as small and simple as possible.
Long days under the hot sun don’t pair well with big, heavy meals. Instead, plan to cook light, refreshing meals that are easy to eat with no more than a fork. Instead of a steak, cook up some kebabs with a salad. Or instead of spaghetti and meatballs, make mini quiches with watermelon slices. Think of what will be easy to eat while relaxing on deck.
One of the handiest tools for cooking on your boat is a box of gallon-sized zipper bags. You can pre-prep fresh produce or marinate meat at home and then transport the ingredients to your boat via plastic baggies. Even better, you can reuse the bags to store leftovers and even clean up the trash. Remember, never throw your trash overboard—always pack it up and dispose of it properly.
A great habit to have in the galley—or any kitchen for that matter—is to clean as you go. Saving the mess for the end will take up valuable counter and sink space. But cleaning a little bit as you cook gives you more room to work and allows you to enjoy your food when it’s ready, as opposed to washing while the food gets cold.
Always make sure you have a fire extinguisher on board to assist in case of a cooking disaster. With a bit of preparation and safety on your side, you’re sure to enjoy many delightful meals on your boat.
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