Storing Food on a Boat (Sailing Podcast)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Hour-long Q&A about storing food on a boat, especially without refrigeration. I’m honored to be a guest on The Sailing Podcast!

Bay Leaves in Flour

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Putting a bay leaf in canisters of flour is great for keeping bugs out, but what about keeping the bay leaf out of your baking. Here’s a simple trick to solve that problem!

Thermal Cooker

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Thermal Cooker: I absolutely love my thermal cooker — start dinner on the stove when it’s convenient then transfer the pans to the thermal cooker and let it continue to cook 4 to 8 hours without having to tend to it. Use stove fuel propane and don’t heat up the cooking area. Best thing: go have fun and come home to a fully-cooked dinner!

Beat the Heat: How to Cook Rice in a Thermos

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Cook rice without all the heat and humidity — while you do other things!

I’m NOT Cooking

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

When it’s over 100 for days on end, I just don’t feel like turning on the stove. So what’s for dinner?

Cold Brewed Ice Tea

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Iced tea with no extra heat in the kitchen or the refrigerator — what could be better on a hot day?

The Last Drop

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Call it being cheap. Or environmentally responsible. Either way, how do you get the last drop of what you’ve bought?

Kerosene Stoves

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

A reader is looking for tips on safely using a kerosene/paraffin stove. Other readers help her out with great info — learn more here and add your own words of wisdom.

Moldy Bread

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

What do you do when the only bread aboard has a bit of mold? Can you go ahead and eat it?

Little Stove, Normal Pan

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Got a tiny stove? You may have to adapt your cooking technique and times, but you can still have great meals!

Sharpen Your Veggie Peeler

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

In desperation, I tried sharpening my potato peeler. It worked better than I ever dreamed!

Last Minute “Marinating”

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Three ways to give the flavor of marinating at the last minute

Meals Underway

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Thirteen tips for planning and preparing meals to eat underway on a boat — whether just out for the day or on a longer passage.

Pan-Fried Fish

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

A great and simple way to cook fish — and a tip for ensuring it’s done perfectly!

Substituting in Recipes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Missing an ingredient? Or a recipe sounds good . . . except for one ingredient? My theory is that the goal is to create a dish that’s good, not necessarily a copy of what someone else made.

Are Green Potatoes Safe to Eat?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

If your potatoes have a green tint, can you go ahead and eat them? Anything special you should do? How about potato eyes?

Pasta on the Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Total win — al dente pasta with less water, less propane or other fuel, and less heat and steam in the boat!

Stove Windscreen

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Can’t keep your stove lit as wind comes through the galley and keeps blowing it out? Use a windscreen — here’s a couple of ideas.

Freezer Burn?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Ugggh . . . freezer burn. How to prevent it and what you can do with meat or veggies that have it.

Got a Dropper Bottle?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

When you want just a drop or two of a flavor, why not literally use a dropper?

The Secret to Cooking Fish

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

The secret to cooking fish well is so simple . . . and it actually improved the way I cooked many other foods, too.

Better Hot Chocolate

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Instant hot chocolate is so easy on a chilly passage, but it can taste a little watery. Some great powdered milk can really improve it!

Sprayer Bottles

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Spray oil, vinegar, marinades and more with no extra chemicals or propellants. A few tips for using a cheap spray top with almost any liquid.

How NOT To Fall For a Spray

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Don’t have a serious injury from a stupid mistake! Take care when spraying pans . . .

Instant Read Thermometer Temperatures

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Wonder if your burger is done? Or your steak? How about that loaf of bread? Never guess again — and never overcook things “just to be safe.”

Stop Spices from Clumping

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Two tips to keep spices flowing freely — don’t throw spices away because they’ve turned rock hard!

Solar Ovens

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Curious about solar ovens? Think one could be good on a boat? They do have a lot of advantages and here are some cruisers who are using them.

Baking When It’s Hot?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

I baked and “cooked as usual” all through the summer in the Sea of Cortez and Central America, even though it was plenty hot out. Here are a few tips on how I made it work.

Do You Love Making Cookies But Dread Washing Up?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

The order that you measure ingredients can have a big impact on the clean up and how much water you’ll have to use!

Shredding Cheese Slices

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

The recipe calls for shredded cheese, and you can only get slices. A quick way to solve the problem!

Galley Strap

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Properly designed galley straps can keep a cook from being tossed across the boat in rough conditions. But poorly designed ones leave the cook exposed to burns!

Making Do

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

On a boat, you don’t always have the gear called for in the recipe. Don’t worry — you can make do with what you have!

The Galley on the Hard

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Unfortunately, sometimes we’re not on the water . . . we’re in the yard. Can you really live aboard and cook? Yep!

Making Gravy

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Five techniques to make lump-free gravy . . . without stress and without any special equipment. It’s all in how you add the ingredients together!

Making Mozzarella

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Making your own mozzarella is probably easier than you’ve imagined — it only takes 30 minutes and you can use powdered milk, a huge bonus if you’re cruising in remote locations!

Turn It Off . . .

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Tips for the galley aren’t just limited to cooking. Many of the boat’s systems support the galley — such as the freshwater system. Here’s a good habit to get into.

Running a Microwave on an Inverter

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Lots of boats have a microwave on board. But if you use it on an inverter and then on shore power, there’s one important thing you should know.

Chata Chilorio

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Cruising Mexico? Don’t miss this great bagged meat that does NOT require refrigeration until its opened. And since it’s already cooked, it’s perfect for a quick meal on a hot day.

Broken Eggs

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

If you’ve got eggs on a boat, you’re bound to have one break sometime. Here’s a great tip — straight from my Grandma — to make clean up a breeze!

More Tips for Perfect Boiled Eggs

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Getting boiled eggs to come out “perfectly” is harder than it seems. But with these three tips, it’s easy!

“Almost” Lasagna in the Omnia

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

With one small change to your favorite lasagna recipe, it’s easy to make in the Omnia Stove Top Baking Oven. And it will taste delicious!

Got Old Veggies?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

If you’ve got some veggies that are past their prime but not spoiled, this tip might just keep you from having to throw them away!

Heating Tortillas

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

It takes just seconds to heat tortillas in a skillet and improves the taste SO much!

Bake a Delicious Coffee Cake on the Stove Top

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

My Streusel Coffee Cake recipe with step-by-step directions for baking it in the Omnia Stove Top Oven! Yes, you can have a special breakfast treat!

Thanksgiving on the Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

If you’re wondering how you’re going to make a special meal in your galley, here’s a bunch of boat-friendly versions of traditional favorites, plus a few new ones!

Faster Baking

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

An easy way to cut baking times in half or more, using less propane and putting less heat into the boat!

Milk with No Refrigeration

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

If your boat doesn’t have refrigeration, milk for cereal gets “interesting.” Here are a couple of options!

Flavoring Powders

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Wish you had some buttermilk or blue cheese on board? Would a touch of Liquid Smoke be perfect in that dip? It’s easy to keep a stock of non-refrigerated flavoring powders!

Burn Protection in the Galley

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

If you tend to just wear a swim suit when cooking on your boat, here’s an easy way to prevent all those annoying little spatter burns!

Makeshift Cooling Rack Ideas

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Need to cool a pan from the oven or stove but don’t have a cooling rack? Try these ideas!