Food Storage

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

What's the best way to store food on your boat? How can you protect it from the movement, the humidity, the temperature -- and any bugs? Find out here!Storage is always one of the biggest issues on a boat, and it takes on even greater importance in your boat kitchen. Keep things fresh, unbroken, bug-free . . . and compact. Tips for storing just about everything:

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  1. aldy moll says:

    how can I store my nice plates on my sailboat so they don’t break at sea?

    • Carolyn Shearlock says:

      First, don’t take any on the boat that you’d be heartbroken if they broke.

      Most boats have a cubby hole to hold plates, or some sort of system to keep them in place. If yours doesn’t, or it’s too large, you’ll have to modify it so that the plates are held snugly. If a compartment is only slightly too large, you can use fleece (like jackets and blankets are made of) to take up a bit of extra space.

      Then put more padding between each plate — I like to cut circles just the size of each plate.

      Do the same for bowls. The keys are to have all the dishes snugly fitted into their own cubbies, padding between them, no way that anything can fall on top of them and no way that they can fall out of the cubby.

      While I prefer Corelle because it’s much harder (but not impossible) to break, lots of people take good china.

      And be sure to take a few unbreakable bowls for days when conditions are rough and you don’t want to use the good plates — bowls are better in rough conditions as food won’t slide off.


      • Our regular plates and such are Galleywear. We like them because of the non-skid rings on the bottom.

        When my Great-aunt Elizabeth passed I received the family china – service for 18! Most is stored, but on board we carry dinner plates, lunch plates, salad plates, soup bowls and saucers, coffee cups and saucers, espresso cups and saucers, and some odds and ends of service pieces. This is china that is almost 200 years old. Every piece has a double layer of foam it fits in. Everything sits in a box lined with three layers of bubble wrap. The whole takes up the space of a small milk crate. Admittedly we only use it a few times a year but it is special to us and makes special occasions that much nicer.

        You really can take what is important to you. Cruising need not be camping.

        sail fast and eat well, dave
        S/V Auspicious

  2. I can’t find a recommendation for egg storage on the site, I assure you have one! As I don’t want to take cardboard containers on board( and bringing them in the dinghy is a recipe for trouble) what do you use, especially if you buy them loose from a farmer?

    • Carolyn Shearlock says:

      You’re right — I do! But it’s a little hidden — maybe I should do a new post just on the container I like!

      Anyways, my preference — by far — is the Lock & Lock Egg Container. It’s a lot tougher than the little “camping egg keepers” you find and the latch really stays latched instead of popping open with the least movement.

      I talk about it more — and have a picture — at the bottom of Storing and Using Eggs.

      Thanks for asking!


  3. Peter Blumberg says:

    Why is it on all boating forums “pets on board” refer to DOGS ? as we are allergic to dog hair it would be nice it other travel pets got a mention.
    Peter B

  4. Just got this comment via email from Jane Gammons:

    On our trip to Bermuda we used dry ice and had meals prepared in 9-13 pans, frozen and stacked. On arrival we still had frozen meals.
    When out for a week I marinaded a flank steak, froze it and stored it in the cooler. The marinade extended the storage life. I am sure that goes for other meats.

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