|More or less, this is all that came from my kitchen for|
If you could only bring 10% (or much less!) of your kitchen’s food prep and serving implements, and nothing that requires plugging in, what would make the cut?
When it comes to galley selections, inches, amperages (low-to-no power consumption) and multi-purpose items rule. Mix in your best wild guess of what someone else’s kitchen (galley) would be left behind for your use. You’ve never met your galley benefactor; and are utterly clueless as to whether their normal fare is purely peanut butter and jelly or Martha Stewart.
The Boat Galley was a great resource. I knew I’d want a set of nestled non-stick pots & pans and Wayne bought the set they recommended, though I hated to get rid of the set I had at home. That was a good call; it gets used daily.
Fortunately Kathy, the previous owner, left behind quite a few useful goodies, particularly
- various tupper-esque containers
- Corning dishes
- can opener
- rubber scraper
- loads of little plastic stackable / nestable organizing “baskets”
I brought my:
- favorite knives, the long meat and long serrated ones that my Dad brought back from Switzerland decades prior, and one cleaver, all recently re-sharpened, with new plastic sheaths, one smaller serrated knife and a grapefruit knife (indulgent, but I love grapefruit and it doesn’t take up that much room)
- non-stick nestled pot & pan set
- cutting sheets
- measuring cups
- 8” x 8” Pyrex cooking baking dish with rubber storage lid
- silicone muffin “trays”
- several lidded Pyrex containers for leftovers
- French press for coffee
- hand-held, battery-operated rechargeable mixing wand
- 3 plastic drinking tumblers
- 4 plastic rectangular plates with a respectable lip around their edge
- medium-sized wooden salad bowl and tongs
- corkscrew / bottle opener
- vegetable peeler
- plastic spatula
- spatter guard
- “orphan” silverware, a few unsold pieces from my decades-old set
- crab-eating accoutrements (crackers and diggers – not sure of their correct culinary names)
- turkey baster
- lots and lots of ziplocks in quart, gallon & 2-gallon sizes – for more than just galley use
- 2 plastic egg cartons to buy fresh eggs, direct
What do I wish I’d brought?
- grater (bought here)
- silicone loaf pan (bought here)
- ladle (bought here)
- (more) Pyrex containers
- Melitta cone and filters
- plastic serving bowls (bought here – after one of the glass set left, shattered rather dramatically)
- BBQ (the propane one on board was corroded enough we left it behind; it’s on our “buy when back in the U.S.” list)
- drinking glasses for serving guests
Impractical, but really miss…
- Cuisinart food processor
- bread maker (looking forward to trying Lili’s easy handmade recipe)
- my garlic press, which once upon a time that was one of my most essential tools.
Our 3-week sailing trip to Desolation Sound was invaluable for helping me make the right minimalist choices (only about 25 items!) for my galley. While there are a few regrets, so far, so good! At least, no complaints from Wayne.