Galley Wench Tales

Exploring the world through the people we meet
and the food they eat.

More or less, this is all that came from my kitchen for
Journey’s galley.

If you could only bring 10% (or much less!) of your kitchen’s food prep and serving implements, and nothing that requires plugging in, what would make the cut? 
When it comes to galley selections, inches, amperages (low-to-no power consumption) and multi-purpose items rule.  Mix in your best wild guess of what someone else’s kitchen (galley) would be left behind for your use.  You’ve never met your galley benefactor; and are utterly clueless as to whether their normal fare is purely peanut butter and jelly or Martha Stewart.
The Boat Galley was a great resource. I knew I’d want a set of nestled non-stick pots & pans and Wayne bought the set they recommended, though I hated to get rid of the set I had at home.  That was a good call; it gets used daily.
Fortunately Kathy, the previous owner, left behind quite a few useful goodies, particularly
  • silverware
  • various tupper-esque containers
  • mugs
  • Corning dishes
  • teapot
  • can opener
  • tongs
  • rubber scraper
  • loads of little plastic stackable / nestable organizing “baskets”

I brought my:
  1. favorite knives, the long meat and long serrated ones that my Dad brought back from Switzerland decades prior, and one cleaver, all recently re-sharpened, with new plastic sheaths, one smaller serrated knife and a grapefruit knife (indulgent, but I love grapefruit and it doesn’t take up that much room)
  2. non-stick nestled pot & pan set
  3. cutting sheets
  4. measuring cups
  5. 8” x 8” Pyrex cooking baking dish with rubber storage lid
  6. silicone muffin “trays”
  7. several lidded Pyrex containers for leftovers
  8. French press for coffee
  9. hand-held, battery-operated rechargeable mixing wand
  10. 3 plastic drinking tumblers
  11. 4 plastic rectangular plates with a respectable lip around their edge
  12. medium-sized wooden salad bowl and tongs
  13. corkscrew / bottle opener
  14. vegetable peeler
  15. plastic spatula
  16. strainer
  17. spatter guard
  18. “orphan” silverware, a few unsold pieces from my decades-old set
  19. crab-eating accoutrements (crackers and diggers – not sure of their correct culinary names)
  20. turkey baster
  21. lots and lots of ziplocks in quart, gallon & 2-gallon sizes – for more than just galley use
  22. 2 plastic egg cartons to buy fresh eggs, direct

What do I wish I’d brought? 
  • grater (bought here)
  • silicone loaf pan (bought here)
  • ladle (bought here)
  • (more) Pyrex containers
  • Melitta cone and filters
  • colander
  • plastic serving bowls (bought here – after one of the glass set left, shattered rather dramatically)
  • BBQ (the propane one on board was corroded enough we left it behind; it’s on our “buy when back in the U.S.” list)
  • drinking glasses for serving guests

Impractical, but really miss…

Don’t miss…
  • my garlic press, which once upon a time that was one of my most essential tools.

Our 3-week sailing trip to Desolation Sound was invaluable for helping me make the right minimalist choices (only about 25 items!) for my galley.  While there are a few regrets, so far, so good!  At least, no complaints from Wayne.