How Are You Going To Eat Your Steak?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Good steak knives that cut well and don’t rust are invaluable if you eat meat. They don’t have to cost a fortune!

Finally! The Perfect Small Thermos

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

A 2-cup (pint/half liter) thermos that retains heat for 10+ hours — perfect for cooking rice or beans and making yogurt!

Immersion Blenders

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Reader recommendations for immersion blenders that work well on a boat and the many ways they use them.

Sugar Dispenser

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Looking for a sugar dispenser that keeps bugs and humidity out, won’t rust and isn’t made of glass? Look no further!

Hard-to-Clean Trivet

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Considering how you’ll clean something is important whenever you’re buying anything, even a trivet!

Dexas Chop and Scoop

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

I use my cutting board just all the time, and having one I really like makes chopping and slicing so much better. I’ve had this for a couple of months and LOVE it!

Refrigerator Monitoring

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

If you’re away from your boat, how do you know if the refrigerator is staying as cold as it should? Here’s an easy way to tell.

Silicone Dish Mat/Hot Pad

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Another great idea for drying dishes . . . AND a place to set hot pans where they won’t slip and slide, all rolled into one. Better yet, it’s not expensive!

Easier Jar Opening

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Gecko Grips are great for making a cutting board non-slip, and for using as a trivet. But they have really saved the day for me as jar grips!

A Mixing Set to Save Precious Galley Space

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Nest together your mixing bowls, strainer, colander AND measuring cups with this set that measures just under 9″ x 9″ x 4-1/2″

Staybowlizer

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Ever wished you had a third hand as you’re trying to hold a bowl, get ingredients and steady yourself? This nifty tool eliminates the need to hold the bowl!

Bar10der

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Thanks to reader Elizabeth Aristeguieta for letting us know about a great multi-tool for the galley. It’s got all the bar tools you’ll ever need, but they’re all handy even if you don’t drink mixed drinks.

A Soup Ladle?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Looking for a soup ladle that will fit in those tiny drawers on your boat? Actually, you probably already have one aboard!

Manual Food Processor

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Reader Elizabeth Aristeguieta tells why she LOVES her Kitchen King Pro Complete Food Preparation Station — an economical manual food processor and mixer that is perfect on a boat!

Need a Pizza Cutter?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

I’d much rather use something that I’ve already got on board than go out and buy something more that I have to find room to store!

Leak-Proof Ice Cube Tray

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Looking for a horizontal ice cube tray where the water can’t slosh out? Try this idea . . . brilliant thinking outside the box from a TBG reader!

Twist Whisk

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Like to use a whisk but trying to find a way to store it in a drawer? And what about getting it truly clean when washing by hand — and not wanting to use 5 gallons of water? This ingenious design solves the problems!

The Gecko Grip

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

A great new non-slip non-tip product developed by a liveaboard . . . and equally useful ashore!

Tools in the Galley

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Do some of your galley tools find themselves standing in for “real tools?” A quick tip on how to save them!

Silicone or Nylon Cooking Tools?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Which is better when it comes to cooking utensils for nonstick pans — nylon or silicone? Is there really a difference?

Flexible Cutting Sheets

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Got a wooden cutting board over the stove or sink? Reduce the risk of cross contamination and keep the wood from turning black with flexible cutting sheets.

A Great Fillet Knife

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

We just “lucked into” the best fillet knife I’ve ever used. Whether filleting fish, boning a chicken breast or turning a tenderloin into steaks, it’s great!

Collapsible Silicone Gear

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

There’s lots of collapsible silicone kitchen gear available. It’s a great choice for the galley, taking up less space and not rattling!

A Better Mixing “Spoon”

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

It’s hard to find a good hand-mixing spoon. This funny-looking implement does a better job than any spoon I’ve had!

Knife Storage

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Knife storage on a boat is really about two things: keeping yourself safe and keeping the knife safe. Here are some ideas on what does — and doesn’t — work.

Silicone Spoon Spatula

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

I bought the Orka Silicone Spoon Spatula on a whim. It’s turned into one of my favorite galley tools that I reach for constantly!

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?

Salad Spinner — Lots of Uses!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Whether you’re washing greens and other veggies, or want to thoroughly drain canned or cooked veggies or even pasta, or need a strainer or bowl, a salad spinner can be a great multi-use tool in the galley!

Sharpener for Serrated Knives

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Keeping knives sharp is essential on a boat. This tiny little sharpener sharpens both regular knives AND serrated . . . and there’s a nice video to show how to do it!

Oven Thermometer

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Need an oven thermometer? Some tips on what to look for and how to place it in the oven for the most accurate results . . . along with a temporary work-around!

Thermos Testing

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Comparative testing of the heat retention of a Stanley, Thermos Nissan and glass-lined Thermos bottle.

Trivets

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Silicone trivets are lightweight, nonbreakable, nonskid and do an excellent job of protecting counters and tables!

Kitchen Shears

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

I love my Wustof kitchen shears — read why they’re great anywhere, but particularly on a boat where you may have to bone your own meat and do other tough chores.

Grater

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

A review of features to look for in a grater and a recommendation for the best grater for frequent use, particularly on a boat.

The Best Paper Towel Holder

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

The perfect paper towel holder for a boat, RV or anywhere a breeze can blow in through the window. Cheap, easy and solves paper towels “blowing in the wind.”

Dish Drainer

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Tiny to store and able to hold lots of dishes, this idea for a dish drainer is perfect for a boat or any small kitchen.

Best Thermos Bottles

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

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!

Rolling Pin Substitutes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

No rolling pin? No problem with these substitutes — you probably have one or more on hand!

Meat or Yogurt Thermometer

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

Wondering if your roast chicken is done? Making yogurt and want to know if the milk is the right temperature? You need a good thermometer in your boat galley!

Can Opener

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

What’s the best can opener on a boat? Here’s my preference!

Cutting Board

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

What characteristics are important for a cutting board to be used in a boat galley? And what boards do I recommend?

Knives & Knife Storage

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

What knives do you really need? And what should you look for when buying them? Here are my recommendations — and storage for them.

Potato Mashers

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

Making mashed potatoes and more without electricity is easier with the right masher. Here are the pros and cons of several potato mashers and ricers and what I think work best.

Equipment for Hand Mixing

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

When you’re mixing everything by hand — no electric beater, blender, or food processor — having the right tools can make all the difference.