Although I've only been cruising for a few months, I've learned that if 4 people are out at sea for any extended time, sharing relatively small quarters, there better be good food on board to satisfy the crew when it's meal time. Friends have asked questions like, "How do you plan meals for extended trips at sea?" and, "What do you cook?", etc. Here's a little bit of what I do relative to the galley and feeding la familia and what I've learned. If anyone out there reading this has ANY suggestions for quick, easy meals, I'm open!
I’ve learned a lot about provisioning for long periods of time at sea and am always grateful to the cruisers who share ideas as well as food along the way. Shopping is only part of the task at hand. When I return to the boat I unpack the food, prepare meats for storage, soak veggies and fruits in a water and disinfectant mixture, and then pack everything away. The whole process takes a very long time.
When we unpack cereals and the like we take all the cardboard boxes these foods come in and discard them before setting sail. Mainly it’s because of space constraints but also because little critters supposedly are attracted to the cardboard so we don’t want that to be an open invitation for them to join us on our journey.
Food storage. HanaCrew has plenty of storage areas, after all she was built to cruise. The challenge with good storage space is that I have to write down what I put and where so I don't forget what we have! Storage lockers are underneath seats and floorboards as well as the V and quarter berths.