You are planning an exciting trip on a boat with friends or family for few days, and you have no idea what sort of food to bring, or what to cook on board. You surely would like to have some suggestions to prepare easy and quick dishes for an agreeable dinner while sailing.
Not everyone has the time or likes to cook for several reasons, and not all the boats have all the amenities and comfort needed for cooking.
This blog will give you some helpful tips no matter what the circumstances are along the trip.
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As I have mentioned above, not all boats possess a fridge to store fresh foods. In this case, you can bring a cooler or portable refrigerator, which is very practical to keep your aliments in a good shape. The only inconvenient is that you won’t have a lot of places of course, but it is useful.
What Food to Chose?
Try to buy vegetables as fresh as possible and in small quantity, for example, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, it can last for weeks in the fridge and it is very healthy.
If you like cheese, there are plenty of cheeses that are conserved in salt water that keep it fresh for a long time. These cheeses are excellent to do a delicious Mediterranean salad.
Olives also are easy to preserves and are simple to integrate with many dishes. Besides, you can even mix them to the Mediterranean salad; it is fantastic!
Oh, tuna is awesome as long as you eat it right away because, once you have opened the box, you will have some difficulty to keep it fresh, which can be dangerous. So be careful with tuna.
Everyone likes bread, but this can be a problem if you don’t have a freezer.I always freeze my bread because it loses its freshness after a day or two. The other alternative is to toast the bread, it gives a better taste. You can also bring some biscotti for a snack, it really help and it’s fast 🙂 Ah, I almost forget, they are very easy to preserve and are delicious, at least, to me.
Meat also can be a problem if your cooler is well maintained; it is possible to keep it fresh for about two or maximum three days. But my advice, before you start cooking the meat, make sure to smells it, even at home! Once the meat will be cooked, you will be able to keep it for longer.
Breakfast without eggs is not a breakfast, but this is my opinion. Keeping them in the fridge or cooler will be preferable, it can be preserved for a long time as well in ambient temperature.
Rice, pasta, potatoes
Always take with you rice, spaghetti, and potatoes, they are very easy to cook and to store.
Don’t forget to buy fruits, such as apples (the green apples are stronger and more conservable), bananas, peaches, and oranges. Try to not bring fruits, such as strawberry family because it doesn’t last long.
Almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, pecan, peanuts, raisins, dates, and figs are excellent for the health and are a great alternative to meat or any other meals. What is great about these dry fruits is that you don’t have to store them in a cool place; you can keep them as long as you want in ambient temperature.
Milk is an essential ingredient, so it is preferable to buy milk powder if you don’t have any cooler or fridge; you can use it for a cup of coffee and also for cooking. If you have a preference for fresh milk, you can also freeze the cartons before your sailing trip and keep them in a cooler once you are on the boat.
Don’t forget dry spices, they are very significant to make the recipes more interesting.
Prepare some frozen meals at home if you don’t plan to cook on board, it will last for a minimum two or three days in the fridge.
2. easy recipes to cook onboard.
Here are two helpful and quick recipes to prepare while sailing.
- 6 Tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 minced shallot
- 1/4 Cup vinegar (red wine)
- 10 cherry tomatoes quartered
- 5 Ounces of feta cheese quartered
- 1 Big cucumber in small sliced
- 1 cup sliced Kalamata olives
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 fresh lemon juice
- 4 cups of heads frisee
- 3 heads of Lolla Rossa cut into small pieces
- Bread cut into small pieces
- The dressing: Put in a mixer, the puree shallot, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and the vinegar. Gradually add the oil until emulsified.
- The croutons: Preheat the oven (350 degrees).. Bake the bread until it becomes brown gold, for about fifteen minutes.
- The salad: Make a Combination of all the elements and pour the sauce over .Bon appetite!
Chorizo with fried eggs and kale
- 100g Chorizo sausages, cut into round pieces
- 1 big onion finely cut
- 1/2 kg cold baked potatoes cut into pieces
- 200g prepared kale
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp saffron
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp olive oil to fry
- Pour oil in a frying pan and heat it. Add the onion with the Chorizo and fry them until it is golden and soft.
- Add the kale and stir-fry until you see it is wilting. Put the potato, salt, pepper, paprika, saffron and fry them together until it is hot and tender enough.
- Separately, poach the eggs and put them on the top. Bon Appetit!
Dinner on a boat is something very special especially when you are with family or friends, so…don’t hesitate to cook sumptuous dishes for your loved ones!
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Have you already cooked a delicious dinner on a boat? Please feel free to add your own special recipe in the comments below, I’ll be more than happy to hear your feedback:)
Daniella has been passionate about travel, the sea, and nature for many years. As a child, she frequently traveled throughout the Mediterranean and continued with her journeys throughout her adult life.
Her experiences have created the desire within her to share her love for traveling with other passionate and adventurers who want to discover beautiful horizons and new cultures.