A list of practical things onboard for the galley that work for us:
Stainless Steel Non-Stick Nesting Pots – 4 pots and one pan, high quality, with ceramic interior is better than stainless, because it’s easier to clean (less water) all need just a wipe down and quick rinse. link here
Pan with folding handle – easy to stow and clean in small sinks. link here
Pressure Cooker – easy to use, 4 quarts is big enough for 2 people and small enough for a small boat. link here
Silicon (Baking) Mats – prevent things from sliding around on counters in rolly anchorages and on passages.
Taste Neutral Glasses – water to wine taste great like out of real glass, also unbreakable. link here
Square bowls – if you don’t have precut dish racks. These have non skid rubber on the bottom, made of recycled plastic in the US by a fellow sailor. The plates are not knife proof. link here
Square Melanine Plates, Trays and Bowls from Target (in store only). link here
Vacuum Containers with Pump – keeps perishables longer, don’t leak. link here
Spaghetti Storage Tubes – useful in top-loading fridges and iceboxes, because they make good use or the vertical space. link here
Plastic Bags with Zippers – take little space, we re-use them several times and later for smelly trash.
Collapsible Dish Tub – silicone, great space saver. link here
Trash Container with Seal – we divide trash into: dry trash (cans, plastic, packaging), smelly trash (food packaging) and organics (peels, tea bags, paper). Only organics go overboard, the smelly trash we keep in a recycled zipper bag in the airtight trash container. If we are in a shallow anchorage, nothing goes overboard, as decomposition takes long, especially lemon peels, and it might wash ashore and soil the beach. So we keep then keep organic trash also in a recycled zipper bag in the airtight trash container until we are again in deep waters and we throw it overboard there. link here
Food Hammocks with Brown Bags – dry vegetables and fruit off condensation on a towel for about an hour and separate into brown bags, as some ripen faster next to others, bananas especially exude a ripening gas and need a bag for each or hang separate around the boat. Heard a sailors’ saying ‘No bananas on the boat!’. Veggies stay as long fresh outside as inside the fridge, or longer!
Vacuum Sealer – We don’t have one because of space issues, but I have heard that others prolong food freshness for long periods by vacuum sealing it, in fridge, freezer and pantry.
Wax Paper – Some wrap cheese into wax paper and not refrigerate it. Haven’t tried that yet.
Cheese In Oil – I heard that some sailors put their cheese in a container and fill it with oil to preserve the cheese. Haven’t tried that yet either.
Sodastream – we love sodas when it gets hot. We make sparkling lemonade with 3 tablespoons of lime juice and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Syrups are available. One carbon cartridge makes 60 liters or 13 gallons of sparkling anything, without the trash of cans and bottles. The carbon cartridges can be refilled/exchanged in the US, there is an adapter to refill yourself at sports supply stores, but we haven’t been able to refill in MX. link here extra bottles link here
This list of practical things onboard is of things we found that work for us. We researched, listened to hot tips from other cruisers and tried them out the last two years while cruising in Southern California and Pacific Mexico.
We have not received sponsoring by these companies, nor do we suggest these particular items. We don’t suggest buying them from the links, they are meant solely as a reference.
We will be updating this list as we go along.
Written May 2017/ Latest update November 2017