Are Bugs Bugging You? Keeping Bugs Off Your Boat

by mmaskal@theyachtinggourmet.com

Keep bugs off your boatInsects on board a boat are a major problem but easily prevented. There are a few simple tricks that will help you keep bugs away that are natural and easy to do.

  1. Bay Leaves – are a great bug repellent, especially for flour or any mixes that contain flour. You can put them right in the container with the product, or place them strategically around your dry lockers. Replace them about every 3 months to keep their repellent properties working.
  2. Cloves – really smell good and are a great ant repellent. Place a whole clove in each storage area and be sure to replace about every 2-3 months. I always like the way the boat smells from the cloves so when I can’t smell them anymore, they get replaced. [click to continue…]

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Collapsible Tea KettleI can remember, years ago, struggling to find enough space for the basic items needed for cooking  in a boat.  By the time we had stowed the pots and pans, drink ware, dinnerware and flatware, there really wasn’t much room left.  A few years ago when we started to see collapsible silicone appearing in the housewares selections, it was the best thing that could happen to a galley.

Silicone is a polymer made of silicon, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.  However, the quality of silicone can vary.  You want it in its purest form without any fillers.  Some lesser quality silicones have fillers added that can weaken its strength, cause it to stain easier, and to hold odors.  Worst of all, these fillers can contain toxins that could be released when heated to high temperatures.  So always look for good quality silicone when purchasing your collapsible galley tools.

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Cooking On Board Your Boat Can Be Fun Too!

by mmaskal@theyachtinggourmet.com

The Yachting Gourmet CookbookOkay, you like to cook but really don’t like it on your boat.  Well, read on because I have some solutions for you.  Whether it’s a space issue or you just don’t want to miss out on the fun, you CAN cook on board and overcome these hurdles. If you are lucky enough to own The Yachting Gourmet cookbook, you’ve taken the right first step to a better on board cooking experience.  If not, we can still make the experience more pleasant.

A little pre-planning goes a very loooong way! 

Before you head for the day, a weekend, weeks or even months, spend a little time planning your meals.  You probably won’t eat every meal on board if you are headed out for more than one day and that’s great!  It’s always fun to go ashore and get a little local color.  A good rule of thumb for a week, plan 2 lunches and 2 dinners ashore.  If you are going to be docked in a marina for one or more nights, you could add a breakfast out as well. [click to continue…]

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Helpful Storage Hints for your Galley

July 4, 2013

Every boat owner, well almost every one, that I speak to or meet at a boat show says space is their biggest issue in the galley.  Although I can’t solve the issue completely, I certainly can help with a few helpful hints.  So, here we go! Dry Storage Since we all know cardboard is a […]

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Outfitting the Galley – Not Your Kitchen Castoffs

July 4, 2013

If you love to cook, and you love boating, your galley is the heart of the boat – just like your kitchen is the heart of your home. However, when you outfit your galley, you should think just a bit differently than you do when buying for your home kitchen. Most boaters will agree the […]

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Storing Spices On Board Your Yacht

July 4, 2013

Spices can be a real challenge on board.  As you probably know, in your home pantry, you should keep spices for just 6 months after opening.  When on board, this time is shortened to just 3 months, so always buy the smallest amount you can. Most of us keep some spices on board which is […]

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Vacuum Sealing Food-An Essential for Boating

July 4, 2013

Storage on a boat is always an issue, especially when it comes to refrigeration and freezer (if you are lucky to have one) space.  By vacuum sealing your foods, they will stay fresh longer and it can also help in storage issues. First, let’s look at a few advantages of vacuum sealing your food.  Food […]

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Boating Cookware – What Do You Really Need On Board?

July 4, 2013

One of the most critical things you need for your galley is, of course, cookware!   However, this can also be one of the more tricky things to select and to store.  Nesting cookware sets made specifically for boats are very popular.  However, you may not really need all the pieces that come in those sets.  […]

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