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!

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?

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 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!

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.

“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!

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!

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!

Prepping the Galley for a Storm

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Rule Number 1: Prepare above decks first! But here are a few tips so that you won’t bury all the food under the sails or have knives fly out of drawers.

A Happy Birthday Happy Hour!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Want a “fancier” happy hour drink for a special occasion . . . but don’t have a blender or much ice? Here’s the perfect solution . . . cheers!

PB2 – Fantastic Powdered Peanut Butter

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

PB2 has 1/3 the weight, 85% less fat, half the sodium, and one-quarter the calories of “low fat” peanut butter . . . but all the taste!

Fun Pops

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Fun Pops make a great summertime treat if you have even a tiny refrigerator on your boat . . . or make your own healthier ice pops!

Substituting for Wine

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

A recipe calls for wine, but you don’t have any . . . what can you substitute? Here’s are 10 things that work well!

“Alternative” Tortilla Chips

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Funny thing about cruising in Mexico . . . we often couldn’t find bags of tortilla chips. So we learned about even BETTER Mexican style tortilla chips!

How to Eat a Mango

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

If you’ve never cut and eaten a mango, it can be a little intimidating with a HUGE pit inside. Here’s a easy way to do it!

Scoop It Up!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

How many times a day do you reach for a measuring cup or spoon? If you’re like me, it tends to be the same amounts of the same things, over and over. Here’s a simple way to always have the measure you need.

Fat Separator

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

You don’t want a lot of fat in your gravy or soup stock. How can you separate it quickly without sticking it in the refrigerator and waiting it to congeal?

No-Gas Beans

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Beans are a cornerstone of a healthy diet, but eating them can make you uncomfortable (or worse) with gas. Luckily, it’s possible to literally throw away most of the gas-producing carbs!

No-Added-Fat Sauteing and Browning

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Don’t want to add fat to meats and vegetables when you’re sauteing or browning them? Here’s an easy way to do it!

Making Iced Tea

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Three great ways to make iced tea — two without using the stove. Perfect for those hot summer days!

Tips for Making Block Ice

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Tips for making block ice to use in a cooler for food storage. It seems like such a simple thing to do, yet I’ve had so many disasters.

Beach BBQ

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Tips for having a great beach barbecue . . . especially if you arrived by boat!

Tips for Hand-Washing Dishes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

You don’t need someone to teach you how to wash dishes — but how about a few tips to make it easier?

Snacks on Passage

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Going for a sail and want some ideas for snacks that are easy, nutritious and delicious? Here are 11!

Couscous

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Couscous is a great alternative to pasta and rice in many recipes, using less water and cooking fuel AND ready in just 5 minutes.

Meals in a Hurry

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Need dinner in 5 minutes? Here are a few ideas!

Pasta Rules of Thumb

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

Basic rules for cooking pasta for great results — and just the right amount — every time

Thermos Cooking

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

11 keys for successful Thermos cooking plus 2 Thermos recipes – how to save energy and keep heat out of the kitchen