Date: 28 November 2013. Pots and Pans Primer.
This is the perfect time of the year to evaluate your
collection of pots and pans along with their lids. If you're like most
dirt-dwellers you've accumulated an amount that would rival a kitchen
department at your local department store. Most of those pans are for one
reason or another not used. You really do not need five frying pans, and
sauce pans galore won't fit in the limited locker space found aboard most
boats. And who wants to wash all those pans anyway?
So, as previously accomplished in the on-going
series, we are still in the kitchen though not for much longer! This
week's job is a simple one: Remove from your lockers every pot, pan and
associated lids you
own and only put back the few you actually use regularly. Yes, of course
keep that one biggie for the Christmas turkey or ham, but really, those
cookie sheets that are warped are not going to miraculously flatten and
become shiny again. Get rid of them.
Instead, look through your collection with an eye
toward what can be fit in a small space. For instance I have two pans that
contain the exact same liquid quantity however one is taller and fits
inside it's shorter wider mate. The taller one I'd returned to my daughter
but asked for it again as it is my favored pan for boiling eggs.
Deviled eggs are for me an easy to make item when it comes
time for cookouts, pot-luck dinners and such. Few people regularly go to the trouble just
for themselves though I make them probably two to three times a month just
for me. After all, if I would make something for you of course I should be
willing to make them for myself as well. So I do!
Deviled Eggs aboard Seaweed
Slice down center and
Snip scallions and chop
fine. [I use scissors.] Regular onions work too however
since I grow my own scallions aboard they are preferred.
Add a dollop of Ranch
dressing and mix well.
Fill 'em up!
More will be written about
the fabulous feast put on at C-Quarters Marina for the boat
folks -- but not today. Tummy is too full...
Thanksgiving Day feast at C-Quarters
As you sort your pots and pans (and lids) you're going to
want some lids on the boat. I prefer the clear glass ones with a hole for
venting. That hole allows you to make popcorn with ease on your stove. Not much shaking
is required and the steam escapes. So if you have just the solid metal
lids, for the
pans you are keeping get the dimensions so as you go to thrift stores you
can look for the clear lids. I have paid between $2 and $3 for mine -- a far
better price than retail.
Back ages ago we discussed taking notes for your new life
afloat in the
article. I find using the index cards most convenient and the lids required
would be on your "Worth Having But Not At Retail Prices" card.
One other thing you will probably want to either save from
your collection or find at a thrift store is the ring from a spring-form
pan. Mine is used to keep the flames from blowing out on my propane stove.
See the following picture:
I found one that exactly surrounds the raised portion of my
stove burner and use it when cooking with all but my fry pan. Often I am
able to keep the doors or windows open simply by using the ring -- not
always though. You'll have to check for yourself but in my view this looks
a lot nicer than a bit of folded over aluminum foil circling the burner.
Thus, you may wish to hold onto your spring-form rings rather than pitch
In any event, this week's task is to sort and reject any
pan you haven't used in recent memory. We are coming to the end of the
kitchen (only one more task!) so your cabinets should be nearly empty.
That's a very good thing. You've got the very best saved for yourself and
have either passed along via the Salvation Army or some church group your
excess or have simply trashed it. The important thing to remember is this
is just Stuff -- and it's holding you back from being a boater. Get rid of
the junk and come out here and join those of us who enjoy life on the
water in our boats.
Yesterday afternoon I saw a lone white pelican. There were
dolphin playing in the river today. Seagulls sat and rested on a nearby
sandbar. Pelicans took baths in the water. An osprey perched on the mast
head of a sailboat anchored near me. Earlier today I spotted a familiar
duck that I couldn't put a name on, and by pulling out my
Birds of North America book I was
able to discover it was a Shearwater. How cool is that?!
A great life on the water awaits those who
fortitude and determination to do the work required.
Tomorrow the weather is clearing and boats will be leaving
for parts south. Lucky cruisers, eh?! There's no reason you can't do it
too. Not a one of us started out knowing it all, and indeed part of the
fun is learning new things. This life can be yours too, if you're willing
to do the work necessary so it can happen.
I'd love to hear of your progress.
And remember the reward is a life afloat, cruising.
Intriguing Possibilities (boat cards) ~
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A favorite aphorism:
My last husband often said I was married to
my boat. Before we married (the husband, not the boat) I told him that if
he ever made me choose between him and my boat that I would always choose
my boat. Either he thought I was kidding, or there is more proof that men
don't listen to women. ShipShape on Sailnet.