Too Many Spares on Hand?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

How do you keep from realizing that you’re almost out of something and buying a spare . . . several times over?

Cabbage Lasts Forever

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

One of our staple foods — even without refrigeration, cabbage will last a month or more!

Soy Milk in Boxes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Need soy milk in boxes but can’t find it where you are? I looked all over to find it at a reasonable price online . . .

Quick “Home-Baked” Treats

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

There’s nothing bettter than coming back from hiking or snorkeling to still-warm cookies. Three ways to do it while still enjoying the activities yourself!

Spice List English-Indonesian

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Planning to cruise Indonesia? There’s great food and great spices . . . and here’s a downloadable list so you’ll know what you’re buying!

Dinghy to the Grocery Store

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Cruising SW Florida and the Keys? No car, but need provisions? Reader Mary Dixon has compiled a list of places where you can dinghy to the grocery store!

Boxes or Cans?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Have you noticed the many foods that you can now buy in Tetra paks? What we used to call “juice boxes” aren’t just being used for juice! The pros and cons of using them —

Compostable K-Cups?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

When I first discovered the compostable K-Cups from Rogers Family, I thought they’d be a great blend of convenience and environmental responsibility. Not so sure now . . .

Unrefrigerated REAL Cream for Coffee

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Like real cream in your coffee? Here’s individual servings of half & half that don’t have to be refrigerated!

Paper Products

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Mega rolls of paper products take up a lot less space on a boat, but there are a few things to watch out for!

Do You Want a Not-So-Hot Hot Sauce?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Want a really flavorful sauce that’s not really hot — and doesn’t have that harsh pepper taste? Try Pickapeppa — it’s not your usual hot sauce!

Where Are The Chocolate Chips?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Out of the US or Canada and trying to find chocolate chips? They may not be in the “usual” place! Plus an easy substitution if you still can’t find them.

Big or Little Containers?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Is it better to stock up and get the big spice container that costs a lot less per ounce, or get the little one that will be used up quickly?

Easy Boat-Friendly Salads

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Heading to the boat for a weekend? Grab a few bags of veggie salads — a true provisioning find!

Fresh From the Garden . . . on a Boat?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Ever long for fresh salad on the boat? But couldn’t keep greens beyond a day or so? Think about growing your own!

TBG Provisioning

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Like to play those hidden object games? What all can you find in this photo of Annette Baker’s provisioning that she learned about here on TBG?

Concentrated Vinegar

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Concentrated vinegar sounds like such a great space saver . . . but it might create a bunch of other problems!

Good Powdered Eggs

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Powdered eggs that don’t taste like powdered eggs. These aren’t those awful things you remember from Scouts. They’re good!

The Shape of It

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Yes, round IS a shape . . . and far too many food containers are round. Are we about to enter a new era of square containers?

Charter Provisioning in the BVI

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Going to charter in the BVI? Info and links to numerous provisioning options offering online ordering so you don’t have to spend a precious day of your vacation running around!

Bimbo Bread Stays Fresh Forever

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Going to be away from stores for a while? Want some bread that will last a pretty long time? Bimbo is now available across the US, and in Mexico and Central America.

Tortilla Stuffers — 5 Minute Meal

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

A meal in a pouch — no need for refrigeration, water or even a can opener — and even tastes good cold. Great when projects take way longer than expected, weather pins you in an anchorage or in your ditch bag.

Provisioning to Cruise Mexico

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Cruisers leaving the US are always wondering what they won’t be able to find and tend to stuff the boat with things from the US. Do you really need to??

Got Meat Tenderizer?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Great to have on board . . . but don’t use it on meat! Keep it for first aid purposes only.

Food Allergy Labeling

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Have a food allergy and thinking of cruising outside your home country? Wondering how you’ll figure out labels in a foreign language? Labeling laws in most countries make it a little easier.

14 Simple Steps to Organizing Your Galley on a Charter

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Whether you’re chartering or just spending a weekend on the boat, spending a little time organizing your food will pay big benefits when it comes time to cook!

Liquid Smoke

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Don’t worry if you don’t have a smoker — a few drops of Liquid Smoke can add the same flavor. But no, it’s usually not found in the spice aisle!

What’s on the Boat?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Instead of wondering what’s on the boat and what you’re out of, why not create a list? You can even download my template in Word!

Fresh Fish on a Bareboat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Lousy at fishing? But want to catch your own while on vacation? Here’s a tip from Meredith Laitos, Senior Editor of SAIL magazine.

Baking Powder

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

These little cans of Rumford Reduced Sodium Baking Powder are great for boat use.

How Much Do I Need?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

How do you figure out what provisions you need and how much to take for a longer trip? Here’s my system —

Catsup & Mayo Pouches

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

A provisioning find from my latest trip to the supermarket. Great on a boat!

Canned Cream in Canada

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

In Canada and frustrated because you can’t get Media Crema that I’ve talked about? Here’s an even better product that’s available in Canada —

Olives in a Bag

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Like olives? These small packets are perfect for a quick and easy snack!

Shopping Bags

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Plastic grocery bags can break . . . and you can lose provisions. Get a few shopping bags and avoid the whole problem!

The Snack Bin

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

An easy way to let everyone know what’s fair game for snacking . . . and what’s not!

Charter Meal Planning

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Chartering is a great way to see what cruising is all about. But if you’ve never provisioned a bare boat, it can be a little daunting. Here’s how I do it . . .

How Much Water?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

How much water do cruisers typically use? And how do they use it? Here’s what you need to know before you head out on a longer trip!

Local Foods

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Discovering new foods is part of the fun of travel . . . and sharing that knowledge with others makes it even better!

Boxed Whipping Cream

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Real, true whipping cream that doesn’t have to be refrigerated until you open it?? YES!

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.

Provisioning Choices

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

The choices I make in provisioning have a lot to do with how long I’m planning for. Do I have a specific menu planned or am I filling the pantry?

Flavoring Pastes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

These flavoring pastes are a great way to add a burst of flavor to foods, and perfect for use in the galley!

Galletas

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Did you know that this word is used for two different foods in Spanish? Don’t buy the wrong thing!

Instant Coffee

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Instant coffee is good on a boat as a backup method or if you don’t drink coffee very often and don’t want to take up a lot of space with a coffeemaker.

The Second Rule of Provisioning

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Your tastes and preferences aren’t going to change just because you’re on a boat. Trust me on this. And remember it when you’re provisioning . . .

Provisioning & Loyalty Cards

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Don’t have a discount card at the grocery nearest the marina you’re at for just a few days? Here are some ways you may still be able to get those discounts . . . or at least benefit a local charity!

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.