My most time consuming job by far on the boat is the position of Chef. I’ve spent a lot of time grocery shopping, storing, and cooking our food on board. It’s a good thing I like doing it – with the exception of schlepping to the store!
I don’t make a set meal plan, most of the time. When we crossed the Atlantic, I did make a spreadsheet with a galley inventory and a meal plan on it. In this case, I am provisioning for 30 days of cruising, not a 30 day passage. We will be able to restock in Bermuda, and our passage will only be 5 days. Before we leave I will prep a big dinner (probably soup, since it’s so cold) which we will eat the first few nights. After that, I will just defrost a meat and pick something to do with it.
This is also the last time Starry Horizons will be in the US for a long time – probably several years. I’ve stocked up well on two key things I know are hard to find outside the US – peanut butter and maple syrup! Anything that will keep for a long time, I usually buy just one more of what I think I will need for the time period for which I am provisioning.
Here’s a rough overview on what we will eat the next 30 days:
2 lbs ground beef (8 servings)
2 steaks (4 servings)
3 lbs pork loin (8 servings)
2.5 lbs pork chops (6 servings)
7.5 lbs chicken (20 servings)
12 pack of canned salmon (14 oz each – 42 servings)
24 pack of canned tuna (5 oz each – 24 servings)
That’s 104 servings of protein. Of course, I always see what’s on sale. In this case, 2/3 of the chicken was pre-seasoned thighs, perfect for a quick bbq, and buy-1-get-1-free. Same for the pork loins.
Here are some of my go-to meals:
Soy-Maple Glaze: Equal parts soy sauce and maple syrup. Simmer, use as a glaze for cooking and sauce for serving. Serve on salmon, pork chops, or chicken.
Salmon casserole: Sautee diced peppers and onions. Mix with one can of salmon and three eggs. Bake for 30 minutes.
Green curry: Follow directions on Thai Kitchen green curry bottle. 🙂
Chicken Picatta: Pan fry chicken in butter. Remove chicken and add lemon juice and capers, plus extra butter if needed. Reduce and serve.
Raspberry balsamic chicken or pork chops: sautee diced onions in butter. Add raspberry jam, balsamic vinegar, and coconut milk (or dairy cream). (** Note, this recipe works great with a variety of vinegar and jam combinations. Leave out the milk if you prefer.)
Anything BBQ: Seriously, just cook some meat and throw Sweet Baby Ray’s on top and my captain is a happy camper.
I serve all these meals with a carb for David (I bought 5 lbs of rice and 5 lbs of potatoes for this 30 days). Then I add a veggie. I buy a few days worth of fresh veggies (usually broccoli or squash) and then baby carrots and frozen or canned veggies for the remainder. Baby carrots will last a month in the fridge – I bought 4 lbs for this month.
David likes GORP (Good Ole Raisins and Peanuts from The Boat Galley). Our GORP is equal parts raisins, M&Ms, peanuts and cashews.
I eat raisins or the fruit strips.
David has a peanut butter and jelly sandwich almost everyday. I know peanut butter will be hard to get sometimes (like we discovered in France and Spain!) We have 2 large jars of strawberry jam and 4 large jars of peanut butter. When I go shopping I buy sliced bread, but I also have enough yeast and flour to bake enough bread for 30 days. David also has chips with lunch. I buy Popcorners and Kettle chips because they have a simple ingredients list!
I have two favorites: apple and peanut butter or tuna salad lettuce wraps. I buy non-refrigerated apples, so they last a while. This time it was easy to find; the grocery store had displays of local bagged apples and apple cider. Neither were refrigerated. Cabbage lasts at least a month in the fridge.
David has cereal and milk everyday. Right now I have four liters of UHT milk, and a gallon of pasteurized milk. This isn’t enough for 30 days, but we will supplement. UHT is not that easy to find state-side, but it’s the preferred choice on board.
My breakfasts are a little more complicated. If I have leftover meat I make a scramble. When they are available, I buy rotisserie chicken and have a chicken scramble. Otherwise, I have frozen bananas and strawberries in the fridge, which I can make either a smoothie or my favorite paleo muffins. Or, I make my favorite paleo cereal or honey nut bars. Lastly, if I’m feeling really lazy, an apple and peanut butter.
That should be enough to last us 30 days, except that we have four friends visiting in Bermuda, so we will probably do an entire grocery trip just for that week. But we are excited to get moving south!
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PS. I also stocked up on lime juice and soy sauce, because I KNOW we are going to have some more luck fishing. I’ll be ready for ceviche and sashimi.