Thermos Aboard

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

A Thermos — or two or three — is pretty important on a boat.  With limited power, it’s a great way to keep drinks hot on a chilly day . . . or make yogurt . . . or even cook your rice or beans.

And so I’ve written several articles about them.  Everything from which Thermoses I like, to choosing one, to cleaning it and cooking in it.  Here they all are!

Thermos Bottles & Mugs I Like (articles have links to buy):

  • Finally! The Perfect Small Thermos - A 2-cup (pint/half liter) thermos that retains heat for 10+ hours -- perfect for cooking rice or beans and making yogurt!
  • Thermos Nissan Thermal Cooker - Start your meal on the stove in the included pan, then when it's time to turn it down and let simmer, just take it off the stove and slip it inside the thermal container. Your meal continues to cook while you do other things, with no more stove fuel, no electricity, no burning and no more heat in the boat!
  • What You Need to Know About Airpots - Airpots are incredibly convenient when underway -- whether you're making your way up the ICW or crossing an ocean. Tips on what to consider, why your choices matter and which ones I like.
  • Insulated Mugs - A great vacuum-insulated mug will keep your coffee hot for hours, and won't leak even if you toss it in the bottom of the dinghy or the day pack.
  • Best Thermos Bottles - My choices for the best Thermos bottles, ranging in size from 16 ounces (2 cups) to 61 ounces (almost a half gallon). I'm amazed at how well they keep food and drinks hot!

Choosing and Cleaning a Thermos

  • What Makes A Good Thermos? - Want to keep your coffee hot on a cold night? Some bottles will do it, others won't. Here's a comparison of different types of bottles and how they work.
  • Cleaning a Thermos - So your Thermos needs more than just a swish of soapy water with a bottle brush. How to clean way down in there? Here are six techniques:
  • Thermos Testing - Comparative testing of the heat retention of a Stanley, Thermos Nissan and glass-lined Thermos bottle.

Thermos Cooking

  • Beat the Heat: How to Cook Rice in a Thermos - Cook rice without all the heat and humidity -- while you do other things!
  • Thermos Nissan Thermal Cooker - Start your meal on the stove in the included pan, then when it's time to turn it down and let simmer, just take it off the stove and slip it inside the thermal container. Your meal continues to cook while you do other things, with no more stove fuel, no electricity, no burning and no more heat in the boat!
  • Make Your Own Yogurt - Detailed description and instructions on exactly how to make your own yogurt from powdered milk -- better than store-bought!
  • Thermos Cooking - 11 keys for successful Thermos cooking plus 2 Thermos recipes – how to save energy and keep heat out of the kitchen
  • Dried Beans in a Thermos - Easy way to prepare dried beans for use in another recipe, instead of using canned beans. Far less sodium, not nearly so much heat and you can be doing other things while they cook.
  • Split Pea Soup in a Thermos - Split pea soup that is primarily cooked in a Thermos -- great as a take-along or when you don't want to heat up the boat with long simmering!

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Comments

  1. My husband put Sangria in our Stanley thermos and then forgot it. We awoke to an explosion! It blew the top right off into pieces and there was Sangria all over the boat. I was still finding pieces of the lid a week later!

  2. OUCH!!! Never heard of anything like that! How long was it in there?

  3. Lisa Favreaux says:

    Hi Carolyn,
    I really like your blog and enjoy seeing your posts on FB. There is a new company that I found for insulated containers. I found mine at REI, but have started to see them in other sports stores. It is the best at keeping my drinks cold. Here is the web link if you have interest.
    aloha, Lisa Favreaux
    http://www.hydroflask.com/categories/shop

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