Galley Gadgets and Sailboat Cooking

What do you need in the galley? That’s a question we tackled for many months before buying the sailboat, but after living aboard Cadence for years now, we understand there are a few essential galley gadgets to make sailboat cooking easier! Here are our top 12 galley must-haves and recommendations.

French Press Coffee Maker, 304 Grade Stainless Steel Insulated Coffee Press

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Variable Speed Hand Blender, Stainless Steel

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Sparkling Water Maker with CO2, Soda Stream

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Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

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Bread Maker, Fully Automatic and Low Wattage

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Airtight Food Storage Containers

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Reusable Food Storage Bags (Washable, Ziplock)

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Melamine Dishware, Plus Nonskid Bottom, Deep Bowls

Mrs. Meyer’s Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

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Roll-Up Drying Rack for Dishes, Produce, Hot Pans

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Silicone Ice Cube Trays with No Leak Lid

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Brita Water Purification

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Tips from a Sailboat Galley

  • Make sure all of your cooking gear is well-organized and easy to reach.
  • Use non-stick cookware whenever possible to make cleanup easier.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy in case of a cooking fire.
  • Be aware of the wind direction when cooking, and use a splatter guard if necessary.
  • Take breaks from cooking to enjoy the view and the fresh air.

Why a Water Filter on a Sailboat?

We have fresh RO (reverse osmosis) water, that’s almost as pure as distilled water. In fact, it’s cleaner than bottled water. So why would we suggest a water filter on a sailboat?

Water that is stored in a boat’s tanks can often take on a chlorine taste, or even a musty or plastic taste. A Brita filter can help to remove these unpleasant tastes, making the water more palatable.

It can remove sediment. Water that is stored in a boat’s tanks can also contain sediment, which can be both unsightly and harmful to your health. A Brita filter can help to remove this sediment, making the water clearer and safer to drink.

It can remove some bacteria. Brita filters are not designed to remove all bacteria from water, but they can remove some of the most common types of bacteria that can cause illness. This can help to reduce the risk of getting sick from drinking water on your sailboat.

Why Electric Appliances on a Sailboat?

There are a few reasons why you might want to use electric kitchen appliances on a sailboat, even though they can be more challenging to use than propane appliances.

Off-Grid: First, they use reusable energy. From the solar panels to the battery bank and into the appliance. That means more time at sea, more time at anchor – without needing to refill the propane tanks or diesel.

Safety: Electric appliances are generally considered to be safer than propane appliances, especially if you have young children or pets. They don’t produce fumes, and they’re less likely to cause fires.

Of course, there are also some challenges to using electric kitchen appliances on a sailboat. For example, you need to make sure that you have enough power to run them. You also need to be careful not to overload your electrical system.

Overall, whether or not you choose to use electric kitchen appliances on your sailboat is a personal decision. There are pros and cons to both propane and electric appliances, and the best choice for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences.

We’re slowly building our electrical independence and our supply of electric galley devices.