On a Boat: Cooking In Rough Weather
The galley of a boat is usually quite small and it’s often quite difficult to master the art of cooking on a boat even when the weather’s fine and the water is calm if you’re not used to it. However, when the weather gets rough, particularly out at sea, then you’re still going to have to eat so it’s important that you adopt some useful practices so that cooking on a boat isn’t going to faze you when the boat starts pitching from side to side or starts bobbing up and down.
Keep Your Galley OrganisedA good galley should be well organised at all times and preparation is the key. Make sure that all of the utensils you are going to need are secured in cupboards so that they are not going to fall out on top of you when you open them. Any items that you hang up above you should also be secured so that they cannot fall on top of you.
All cooking items and food should be stowed away in areas where you can access them easily from the galley itself. You won’t want to be running around other areas of the boat looking for stuff when the weather’s bad and the boat is pitching this way and that. A good way of keeping on top of things is to make an inventory so that you know what you’ve got and where you keep it. It also makes sense to keep all of the things which you’d group together –pots and pans, for example – in one specific cupboard and know what is kept in each cupboard.
Don’t Compromise On SafetyMake sure your galley is properly rigged out with all the necessary safety features. This may cost you a little more and take up more time at the outset but it will not only save you a lot of annoyance later on, it could also save you from getting scalded or, worse still, setting the boat alight. Therefore, you should make sure there are sufficient handholds in the galley and that your stove has been clamped down.
You should also ensure that you have clamps fitted so that pots and pans can’t fly off in rough weather as well as making sure that they have lids securely fastened to them so that hot water and other fluids cannot fly out and scald you.
Buy things like non-slip mats to stop bowls and other utensils from flying around once you’ve served the meal up and keep meals simple in bad weather. Having to manage a soup or hot bowl of stew is not an ideal choice when the boat is going to be pitching from side to side.