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!
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: