Whether your galley is on wheels or a keel, storage space is at a premium. The needs of an RV kitchen can differ from a sailboat's confines, so we've prepared a list of pantry staples for each.
See The Galley Kitchen: RV and The Galley Kitchen: Boat for menus and travel tips.
It takes dedication
Dedicate a set of dinnerware, cooking pans, knives, and other equipment to reside permanently in your RV or boat. It will be one less list to worry about, and will ensure you do not prepare dinner after a long voyage only to find you left the plates at home!
The same goes for staple ingredients: if it's not perishable, keep it in the galley. Salt, sugar, spices, unopened condiments, grains, and canned foods will happily wait until you are ready to use them. If your shelves are stocked with the basics, you only have to replenish fresh ingredients before leaving on your trip.
Depending upon the size of your galley, you may not be able to pack all of the items listed above. Our bare-bones list:
- Be sure to bring salt and pepper. You can bring assorted basic spices or pack spice blends for each meal in separate jars.
- Stock cooking oil or no-burn margarine for frying.
- Canned foods are easy to prepare; empty cans can be flattened to minimize the space used for garbage. Substitute canned chunk chicken for fresh in one of your favorite chicken recipes. (It's great as a burrito filling or served in a sauce over rice.) Canned soup can be eaten as a meal, or used as an ingredient.
- Dry goods such as bread, crackers, instant potatoes and hot cereal are great to have on hand and can be stored anywhere on the vessel. Pack them in a tote bag and hang it on a hook for easy access.
- Cheese can be purchased already sliced or shredded depending on your needs, and keeps well in the sometimes unreliable iceboxes.
- Boiling water is dangerous on a moving vessel. Prepare foods such as rice and pasta ahead of time, cool, and store in freezer-weight bags. Since your water supply is limited, this also helps to conserve both water and fuel.
- Bring fruit to snack on such as apples, oranges, grapes or berries--no preparation required.