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Old 02-20-2020, 08:54 AM   #1
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Galley Appliances - High Value

Hi All - I've been on the Magic Carpet since September, moved from Port Ludlow to John Wayne Marina (Sequim) with a permitted live aboard. As lovely as Port Ludlow is, and the staff are wonderful, JWM is a bit more live aboard friendly with laundry, shower facilities. Plus with two dogs, nice run abouts for the 4-6 walks a day.

This is about the galley - I love to entertain with friends & make dinners. I've had a couple gatherings so far with 6+ folks. I seem to be constrained to: salad, a hearty soup (bouillabaisse, cioppino, chowders), a baked dish (cauliflower mac 'n' cheese, lasagne), ice cream with fruit. I really like to make meals from scratch, not pick something up from Costco or Trader Joes.

So I'm wondering what appliances have the best ROI. I have about everything - paninis, crock pots, Chinese steamers, mini-pies, deep-fryers. I don't have the Ninja thing that supposedly does everything. I have good storage just want to pare it down to what is most efficacious (might not have spelled that correctly).

Summer is coming up & family, friends are fired up to visit & cruise. Want to be prepared & gracious.

Also...recipes!

P.S. I hope WifeyB responds since she gave me a scolding on my purchase process for the Magic Carpet.....
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Old 02-20-2020, 09:03 AM   #2
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What cooking appliances do you have built-in to your galley? I'd always look to replace an existing item with something more capable or multi-functional before taking up space by adding more items, especially if they aren't built in and have to be stowed before getting underway.

For example, on my boat, I've got a 3 burner stove (electric) and a microwave built in. No oven, which has me wanting to figure out a suitable convection oven / microwave combo that can be mounted into the spot where the current microwave sits. Or a good way (and location) to mount a toaster oven.
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An older Force 10 Marine propane 3-burner stove & oven & a standalone microwave. I like induction but don't know how that works with the battery banks. I had a nice combo miicrowave/convection oven in my r-Pod (sold when I bought the MC). Day by day, I find myself mostly using my wok, but that's a 1-2 person serving.

Come the summer, I'll be having 6-10 folks coming over. Grilling is probably the go-to choice.
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My electric stove is older, so it's coils, not induction. Either style could be run off an inverter and batteries given a big inverter and enough batteries for your expected cooking time. In my case, I rely on the generator for using the stove. I don't find that much of an inconvenience as it gives an opportunity for the hot water tank to re-heat, throw a little charge into the batteries, etc.
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Induction stove, home style refrigerator and chest type freezer. The stove runs off the generator and the cold boxes off the inverter. This lets us eat like we are at home for a couple of months in the Bahamas.
The induction stove keeps the galley cooler when cooking and lowers the need to run the aircon.
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That comes back to my highest priority project - the battery banks. House bank is 3-8Ds, starter is 1-8D and the gen is a group 34. Batteries are circa 2009 or so, same with the inverter. I'm dithered with all the information. All I've really come to is not lithium.
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Induction stove, home style refrigerator and chest type freezer. The stove runs off the generator and the cold boxes off the inverter. This lets us eat like we are at home for a couple of months in the Bahamas.
The induction stove keeps the galley cooler when cooking and lowers the need to run the aircon.
That sounds like the ticket. I have a 50 gallon marine freezer that runs off the AC. I'm in the process of mapping what runs off what, e.g. the diesel forced air furnace runs off the STB engine. Induction is so efficient, quick, and safe.
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Greetings,

Mr. 27. MY latest purchase of a kitchen "gadget" is an air fryer. It's really just a mini convection oven but it fulfills a lot of the tasks formerly done by a deep fryer. Granted, it's in our dirt home and I probably wouldn't have one aboard because of the physical size. Gives deep fried and braised results without all the oil. I've done steaks, chops, shrimp, fries and veggies so far.


For all recipes it's recommended to give fryer basket a quick shot of cooking spray (to prevent sticking).
Shrimp: Throw in shrimp. Turn over once and done in about 3 minutes.
Steak: Marinate or not. About 4 minutes a side and done to medium
Fries: (from raw) 10 minutes, shake and 2-3 5 minute periods thereafter.


There are a LOT of recipes on line.
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Mr. Firefly, have you not learned? This is Ms. Squimmy27! So, you wouldn't recommend the air fryer for the boat? I'm leaning towards one...
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On Sandpiper, we have 3 burner propane stove with oven, 2 door 12 VDC frig, 110 VAC holding plate freezer and microwave.

For small appliances, we have a Keurig and milk frother for coffee, rice cooker and a crockpot that can all run on inverter.

When we were cruising further north to remote locations where there were few stores, we used a breadmaker on inverter to make bread.

The crockpot comes in handy when it's too hot to run the oven or when we are making a long run and want a meal ready to eat when we stop. The breadmaker provided fresh bread and made the boat smell great.
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Ms. 27. Humblest apologies. My memory isn't what it was once were, maybe, sorta, kinda, I forget. What is the question again?



The ONLY reason I wouldn't get an AF for the boat is the physical size. My better 3/4 doesn't eat fried food but the AF gives you the results without the extra oil. There is some oil used in the recipes but substantially less than would be in deep fried items.
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Being that we're mentioning refrigeration equipment, I guess I'll throw my info in there as well. I've currently got a Novakool RFU9000 in the galley (12v and 120v). It's 2.5 cubic feet of freezer and 6.6 cubic feet of fridge, which has proven plenty large enough for our use.

We do also have a coffee maker in the galley.
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For coffee/tea etc., for years I've used an electric tea pot & french press for coffee folks. The press also works for tea & diffusing herbs. I'm trying to eliminate single task appliances, e.g. a rice cooker, coffee maker. I'm leaning to the AF despite the possible size. This is for a weekend cruise with 6-10 folks aboard...how to make group meals?
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My goto for at least part of the meals is a sous vide, ours is Anova. Its small and has relative low power consumption so it's easy on the inverter... When planning a trip we vacuum pack and freeze most meats and veggies. Just plop the frozen vacuum packed food directly into the water bath add about an hour to the cook time and it's ready for the sear or plate....
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I tried the Ninja Tender Crisp (all in one) and have enjoyed it s far.


I got the smaller one (6.5 quart) that will barely make 6 servings for some dishes unless tiny servings or 6 can feast of a small chicken.


It isn't perfect and has a learning curve as one adjusts each portion that you cook simultaneously....plus even the small one takes up a lot of room.


But if you look at it as a crockpot, air fryer, indoor griller, pressure cooker, etc, etc.....room can be made.
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I too enjoy cooking aboard and have often entertained.

1. Coffee. Aeropress. It's a mini 1-cup French Press. Works better than a French Press and is easier to clean-up and store. Would NOT work for a crowd, but would work for times when a single guest will have coffee.

2. Range. A good friend just installed a 3-burner Dometic RV stove on his Roughwater 37. He likes it a lot. Less than $400 vs $1000+ for Force 10. I noticed trend with sailboat cruisers is lots of solar and induction cooktops which work well and are fantastically energy efficient.

3. Instant Pot. I used to have a slow-cooker and a pressure cooker aboard. No more - ditched those and now have a small size Instant Pot.

4. Tin Foil Trays from Costco. When I did entertain, I would buy the tin foil lasagna trays from Costco. They fit perfectly in a small oven or the Breville SmartOven (large toaster oven). Instead of lasagna, try baked ziti (no need to pre-cook pasta). Other dishes include shepherds pie, baked beans, chicken cacciatore, and others. Pick-up a copy of "Dump Dinners" for your Kindle. Some recipes are junk, but there are a few nuggets of no-prep meals that are pretty good.

5. The Blackstone. For Weebles 2.0 (refit), I am not going to have a BBQ grill. I am replacing with a Blackstone 22-inch griddle. You can cook anything except chicken soup on this thing, and it's easier to clean, and incredibly easy on propane. And it keeps smells and grease out of the galley.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Blackston...Hose/179647360
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My goto for at least part of the meals is a sous vide, ours is Anova. Its small and has relative low power consumption so it's easy on the inverter... When planning a trip we vacuum pack and freeze most meats and veggies. Just plop the frozen vacuum packed food directly into the water bath add about an hour to the cook time and it's ready for the sear or plate....
Never even thought of a sous vide, that's great! I need to leverage the freezer storage for meals. And the other response with the Instant pot, another great idea! I have a small garden up in the hillls for herbs & summer veggies, that I dry & powder, e.g. zucchini pasta, tomato powder.

Great ideas! Thanks!

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Get rid of all those kitchen toys. All you need is a propane cooktop with oven, outdoor grill (prefer propane) a toaster for breakfast, a microwave and one other appliance of your choice (instapot, slow cooker, air fryer, etc.)

Beyond that you will need one large and one small skillet. One large and one small pan. The big one for sweet corn, spaghetti, etc. A baking dish or two.

Keep it simple,

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Ms. 27. Ah. cooking for a crowd. Yes that's another drawback to an AF. Despite it's large use of storage area, it IS limited in the amounts that will fit in a single layer in the cooking basket. Multiple layers do NOT do well.


We have this one: https://www.walmart.com/ip/GoWISE-US...hite/550147958 And it WILL do about a pound of chicken wings or two medium steaks, it is not the best for say...4+ guests. Perhaps a larger capacity model would be best BUT again, bigger space needed for storage.
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What cooking appliances do you have built-in to your galley?
We have a 12v/110v refrig/freezer, a microwave, and a Keurig coffee Maker. My favorite, however, is a NuWave Induction cooker. Buy a "Cake Save" to cover when cooking as it captures the splatter. In warm weather I prefer to cook in the cockpit on the barbecue.
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