Favorite Galley Things, Part 1

The holidays are upon us, so I thought I would share some of my favorite galley items.   Please note that I am not affiliated with any of these products, nor benefiting from my recommendation.   If you are looking for a gift for your favorite sailing  or land-based cook, keep reading:

Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker- 8 liter

thThis is the brand I own and cook on.  I love mine.  Every sailboat cook needs a high quality pressure cooker.  It seriously cuts the time needed to cook your food.  I use my pressure cooker at least 5 times a week for  our family dinners.  I cook curry dishes, pulled pork, soups, pasta, chicken, and beef dishes.

Gone are the days when you worried about the pressure cooker exploding.  61SXlsjkepL._SX380_BO1,204,203,200_The Kuhn Rikon has a pressure relief valve if you accidentally turn up the heat too high.

Great Foods Fast–  This is a terrific pressure cooking recipe book by Bob Warden.  Lots of terrific recipes to try out your new pressure cooker on.   Several recipes have become family favorites in this book.



Aeropress Coffee Press-

We love coffee and have tried many methods of brewing.  Joe is a bit of a coffee snob, though he gets extra brownie points for making me coffee every morning.  The Aeropress gives you bitter-free coffee, often a common complaint from drip coffeemakers.  We love our Aeropress!


10837166Procter Silex Electric Kettle

For quick brewed water on the boat, I love this gadget because it works so well.  I use it for the Aeropress, for tea, hot chocolate for Ethan, and also for quick oatmeal and soups.  Combine this with a thermos for those long night watches.

thYoGourmet Yogurt Maker

On board Mahi, we are all big yogurt lovers.  Joe happens to be the yogurt maker on board, so I  brought along our favorite yogurt maker by YoGourmet.  We like to pair yogurt with granola for a quick breakfast.

Grayl  Travel Water Purifier

Grayl makes a wonderful water filtration system that is thbasically a water press.  It works like a coffee press, but the Grayl orange travel filter system removes 99.9999% of anything nasty in the water, including viruses, disease causing bacteria, chemicals and heavy metals.  I tend to be rather picky about the water I drink, so I bought myself one of these for the boat.

You just fill the bottle, press, then drink.  Love it!

Collapsible Dish Drainer


Space is at a premium on our sailboat, so I loved it when I saw this collapsing dish drain at Bed Bath and Beyond.  No parts to rust and it collapses down for easy stowing- what’s not to love?

Zing!  Folding Silicone Trivet


This is especially helpful for placing hot pans or dishes on your wood salon table.  Inexpensive, folds down, plus an added bonus- a play toy for the younger kids!  A win-win.

Ok, that it for Part 1.  Stay tuned for more galley gadgets.

Fair winds from Carla and Joe

  11 comments for “Favorite Galley Things, Part 1

  1. December 19, 2015 at 1:24 am

    LOVE THE ZING!!!!!! I NEED one and will be on the hunt (we always need something to look for in those specialty shops, don’t we???? LOL!!!)!!!!!

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  2. farmquilter
    December 19, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Giving up my kitchen gadgets would be almost as hard as my quilting gadgets to give up!! Cool ideas…thanks for sharing them!!

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    • December 19, 2015 at 2:19 am

      So hard to have limited space when you are a gadget junkie. Hahaha!


  3. Faith Thompson
    December 19, 2015 at 3:11 am

    My mother always cooked with a pressure cooker.. she made the best stew.. among other things.. I have always been afraid of them.. I will have to get one of these. What is the item you cook the MOST?

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    • December 19, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Faith, this brand is rather pricey, but you can also consider buying an electric pressure cooker, too. The meals I tend to cook the most are pulled pork, curry chicken, pot roast, tortellini & italian meatball soup, and a few other dishes. I am always trying new recipes. Let me know and I will send you some of my favorite ones.


  4. December 19, 2015 at 6:47 am

    If you leave the boat for a couple of months, put a little vaseline around the small gaskets (the black ones for the valves) inside and out so that it functions right away when you get back. They can dry up a bit and then it takes a bit of steaming them to get them working properly again.

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    • December 19, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Good advice!! I bought an extra gasket for just in case. As soon as the electrical work gets completed, then it is time to organize everything, and start provisioning. Any good tips to pass along?


  5. December 20, 2015 at 7:50 am

    OMG…where to start! Don’t keep the potatoes and the onions together, they make each other go off. Awkward.
    Don’t buy a lot of milk powder in the US, you can get much better in the Bahamans, in the US it’s all skim, but there it is full fat and much tastier in the coffee. Ethan will need that too.
    Beer is crazy expensive in the Bahamas compared to the US (most food stuff is) so stock up on cans. Really.
    Canned fruit is a huge winner when you’ve been away from a store for a while. Also some juice crystals if the water tastes a bit nasty. Adults can drink it in coffee or tea, but for Ethan some flavouring will help him stay hydrated when the waters bad tasting.
    Have lots of rice and dried beans on hand, that way, you will always have something to eat, no matter what. And lots and lots of different spices to keep it all interesting.
    Don’t bother with celery, it goes off in about a day (we don’t have a fridge).
    The Bahamans (used to have) has great inexpensive cheddar cheese available everywhere. Not the best cheddar you’ve ever eaten, but good.

    Do you have specific questions?

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    • December 20, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Lots of great info, thanks! Juice crystal- haven’t seen them, only the flavored water crystals. Do they make a healthier option brand for Ethan? Thanks, for letting me know that the UHT milk is tastier in the Bahamas than the ones I have found in the US. Re: cheese and butter- bringing along 6 cans of each for when we are far from any provisioning spots.

      Did any of your kids get seasick- and what things did you try? Bringing all non-OTC remedies with us just in case for him- relief band, ginger candy, and cookie, ear plug in one ear trick, etc. We are bringing one medication that the pediatrician recommended, too. He has never been seasick to date, but want to be prepared.

      Will write you to see what your favorite places to visit are. I think we will spend most of our time in the Exumas.


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