Date: 8 August 2014. Budget Spice Shelf (costs
less than $1)
I met a
fellow who invited me over to his home for several meals and boy, oh
boy, that man can cook! Moreover, he used spices with aplomb. I want
to be like that some day so bought a variety of additional spices.
(If only buying them would have improved my cooking...) The problem
I ended up with was that I didn't have a safe secure place for the
bottles and that simply won't work aboard a boat.
If buying galley goods would improve my cooking I'd be all set
by now and you'd be calling me the Julia Child of the Waterway. It's
sort of like my buying books thinking I'll have the time to read them.
Of that I'm guilty too, though with my
Kindle I'm at least not adversely
effecting the waterline. I am not safe in a used book store any more
than I am in an art store (how many paint brushes does one
miniaturist need?!) or fabric shop for that matter. It's a sickness and I don't know
that I'll seek recovery. I'm having too much fun to do so at this
Of course I
have more time than money but more than that, finding the perfect
shelf is not so easy. There are a lot out there -- and the makers
are Mighty Proud* of their products.
Proud translates to "expensive" in case you wondered.
at anchor, the first problem was I had no
cake container available. I did have a knock-off food storage
box. It didn't seal well and consequently wasn't of much use.
However it had spice shelf potential and would suffice. The
container was "good enough" and rather than wait for perfection, I
chose to go for it immediately.
Shelf for Less than a Dollar
First I checked the depth
of the container by laying the spice bottles on my dinette.
The box fit over them nicely with no bulges. Perfection.
Then I turned it on edge
and cut off the long side with my scissors. By leaving about
four inches I know that even in rough weather, everything will
stay put. I needed access from the top and now I have it.
Next, from my bag of
tricks (aka the second drawer in my bookshelf) I removed a
piece of stainless that is bendable. I'd mentioned this item
(engine room vent screening)
article. You do need something
similar incidentally. Of course if the only tool you own is
a hammer, soon everything begins to look like a nail...
I heated the end on my
propane stove, then poked it through the plastic. Yes, I could
have used a drill. This was much faster and leaves a nice hole
With the addition of four
screws I attached the container to the inside of my left
locker door under the sink. It's almost perfect:
What is wrong you may ask? Well, the bottom as you can
see has a slight curvature. Thus my spices do not sit properly erect. I
know -- it's a little enough thing but something I'd not realized when
making my spice shelf. You might be more satisfied if your container has a
flat bottom side. I know I would be!
In retrospect, I probably could have cut
this container in half lengthwise and had two racks for spices. Because I
only had locker door space for one, I opted for the deeper size. It's more
secure and probably a bit of overkill as well.
What is correct is that this little container fits the spice
bottles nicely. They won't jiggle while underway. They are now handy and easy
to access and therefore more likely to be used.
And who knows? Perhaps my cooking will improve with this
addition to the galley aboard Seaweed.