What's for dinner from Pam on 7 Jul '18

Now, I have a sudden hankering for egg salad. :) Chilled foods are especially welcome in hot weather, and I really like your take on this one, Janice. I never thought of adding angel hair cabbage, but that would make a nice crunch. Gonna give it a try!

Refrigeration from David on 7 Jul '18

Hello Janice, boy are you right about having an electric frige on board instead of ice. If you live aboard, after a great running engine, perhaps the most important item. Mine just died and I'm an ice person for a while ;(

Yes Pam from Janice aboard Seaweed on 7 Jul '18

Summertime foods do differ for me. I am finding I prefer food with texture more than in previous years. Thanks for yoyr nice note. J.

EGGS from Captain Bubba on 7 Jul '18

Yum Yum Delicious. Well written, makes me hungry. Thank you!

Hi David. from Janice aboard Seaweed on 7 Jul '18

Living without a refrigerator is harder in the summer. I found all too often it was too hot to get into the dinghy to go to shore for ice. Ugh.

Decades ago I remember a couple coming up to our boat. We invited them aboard for adult beverages. For the final few days of their vacation they brought us a bag for ice cubes each afternoon. They were very kind.

They initially visited because they saw a dolphin playing by our boat. The dolphin hung around for a while,even allowing me to touch him. But that's another story for another day...

Suffice it to say, growing up on a boat was wonderful. So good living on my Seaweed. Truly I am very fortunate.

As for your reefer diffcultidif, I opted for a 3.1 cubic foot two door off-the-shelf Haier on sale for $120, though normal price is $150. Stats: In 80 degree ambient temperature, she used 60Ah in 24 hours. That is straight up cycling on and off with me in and out of it frequently though I didn't leave the door open for long.

I don't know your power availabilities, however if you could swing that much you might want to consider a standard unit run through an inverter. Oh, and 60Ah was only the reefer. The inverter costs me about 12Ah daily.

A friend runs his small cube reefer. His regime is to only turn it on four times per day. The rest of the time it s off.

Well, I've rambled David. You probably knew all this already. I wanted to let you know what worked for me on a tight budget. Of course if I had a Fairy Godfather one of those Engel's surely could find a home here! Probably aboard your boat too, eh?

In any event stay cool, and buy ice. Good luck in getting that reefer sorted out quickly.


Your priorities re engine first and then refrigeration match my own. You're a smart boater. Enjoy. J.

Greetings Cap'n Bubba from Janice aboard Seaweed on 7 Jul '18

I was too Cap'n. I ended up making more egg salad today, topping that off with fresh strawberries. Yummy! Thanks ao much for your comment. Happy boating. J.

One more thing Pam... from Janice aboard Seaweed on 7 Jul '18

My friend used to add coleslaw (the real stuff, not just the plain cabbage) to his barbecued pork sandwiches. I thought he was a bit odd, until I tried a bite. Wow! I thought that was a fun combination.

Just thought I'd mention it. What about you? Do you add cabbage or slaw to otherwise normal items? Just curious... J.

slaw from Pam on 7 Jul '18

Well, yes I do add it to just about all sandwiches (except PB&J), tacos, and hamburgers also. I prefer shredded cabbage to lettuce. :)

Solar from Claudia on 7 Jul '18

This made me want to make egg salad tomorrow. Also how many solar panels (120 watts?) and batteries does it take for your refrigerator , lights, computer ....? Who did you use for installation? Thanks! A long time fan

Great idea Pam from Janice aboard Seaweed on 8 Jul '18

I am going to follow your lead, replacing the lettuce. Frankly I've rather tired off lettuce, and haven't bought a head for years. I was substituting Romaine as bread in BLT's and such. It was good mind you. Storing three Romaine in my small reefer was a problem though.

Side Note on the Romaine: It can re-grow, just like scallions. I've got an article on that upcoming.

Thanks for the idea re slaw. I like it.

Your friend in the south, J.

Hi Claudia. from Janice aboard Seaweed on 8 Jul '18

Yes, I remember you from CCML. It's good to hear from you again. The question about power is too complex for a simple answer. I'm writing an article on this very topic. The succinct answer is 445 watts and over 1kw of battery storage. More, in a few days.

P.S. - Gosh it's good to hear from you. And you're correct, there's nothing like a cool salad. You're in winter though, aren't you? J.

Egg salad from Cheryl on 8 Jul '18

Yum, I have had the good fortune to have your deviled eggs so now I’m also going to try this. Never thought about adding crunch to my egg salad. Thanks for all the fun tips you share.

You're welcome Cheryl from Janice aboard Seaweed on 9 Jul '18

Yes to the unasked question. The next time we anchor out I will make more deviled eggs. See you this week girl. J.

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