Daikon: Daikon radish is a great addition to the cruising pantry. The large crunchy root keeps better when refrigerated and stored in perforated plastic bag and can last months when stored in optimal conditions. Vacuum-packed pickled daikon radishes are a crunchy and flavorful addition to the pantry and last around 3-months.
Dehydrated vegetables: Fresh vegetables can only last so long. Dehydrated veggies are a weight and space-effective way of getting nutrition and added flavor into your food. Not to mention that they are less expensive. Everyone thinks of dried mashed potatoes, but there are so many options available. Dried beans, peas, corn, and mushrooms take up a fraction of the space and weight that canned ones do. Better yet they keep more of their nutrition then canned counterparts. I have seen more dehydrated vegetables in the grocery store in Australia, but you can easily order them online.
Dried fruit: Dried fruit is a delicious weight and space-saving way of keeping fruit in your diet and adding an extra zing to your meals. Raisins may be the most common, but dried apricots, cranberries, and so many more types of fruit are available. My favorite are probably dried cherries, but dried mangos are a close second. Keep dried fruit in air and bug-tight plastic containers. Most dried fruits have a shelf-life of a year past the printed expiration date. This Chart has more information.
Cranberry Lemon Teacake
Dry Ice: Dry ice may be difficult to find in many parts of the world, but it is wonderful to have when you can find it. It can double or triple your freezer space. Just one block can keep a large cooler cold for more than a week at sea… did someone say cold beer?
Dried Scallops: Dried scallops, one might ask. I certainly was skeptical. I adore scallops, they are one of my favorite types of seafood, but dried? Well, I am now a believer. Though they may not be the star of the meal, seared and melt-in-your-mouth, they are excellent in soups and stir-fries. They add the delicate flavor and a new dimension to your meals. You can find dried scallops in most Asian supermarkets. With a shelf-life of over a year, they are a fabulous addition to your dried stores. A space-saver and delicious addition to soups or other dishes. Larger dried scallops are significantly more expensive than their smaller counterparts but I recommend just getting the small version, after all you aren’t using the dried scallops for haute cuisine.
Eggplant: Eggplant is a diverse and interesting vegetable. More than just for moussaka, you can make baba ganoush (if you have a food processor on board, eggplant Parmesan, or even use it in stir-fry. Store in food hammock. It is not the greatest cruising vegetable as it only has a shelf life of around 2 weeks but makes a good addition in port. Be sure not to refrigerate for more than a few days.
Eggs: Eggs are one of the more surprising foods for long passages. They can last for months on the shelf if you follow a few simple rules. Surprisingly eggs do not need refrigeration, in fact they last better if they have never been refrigerated and still better if they have never been washed.
- Try to buy your eggs at a farmers market where they haven’t been refrigerated and it is best if they haven’t been washed either. You don’t need to refrigerate eggs, but if they have never been refrigerated or washed they last better. Unwashed eggs have a natural protective seal on them
- Coat washed eggs in Vaseline or petroleum jelly to simulate the natural protective seal
- Turn your eggs every 2-3 days. This prevents the yolk from settling against the shell and making the eggs go bad.
- When using eggs break each egg into a cup and smell before adding to the recipe. You don’t want one bad egg to ruin the entire meal!
Egg Replacer: I have used egg replacer for years, but it really makes sense to keep a box in your pantry. There are a number of different brands of egg replacer, I am just familiar with the ener-G brand pictured. It saves both space and money and is a great egg substitute for baking. It can’t be used for omelets or any egg-based dish, but for most baking it works wonders. By using egg replacer you can stretch your egg stores much further. One box is equivalent to over 100 eggs. Can be found in most health food stores.
Energy/Cereal bars: Great semi-healthy quick food. It is good to have at least a few foods on board that don’t require any preparation and having something a bit more substantial than crackers or cookies isn’t a bad idea.