preparation

Groceries for a week on a boat

Posted in cooking, preparation, supplies on March 21st, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

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We’re chartering a sailboat from the Moorings for seven days and we had to order all of groceries ahead of time.  It was hard to plan all of our needs for a week in an environment we aren’t used to.  How much water do you need?  How many cookies?  What to eat for breakfast?  We ended up planning for four meals onboard: cornish game hens, salmon, mahi-mahi and steak.  Frank is planning two of them and our friend Barbara is planning the other two.  Then we planned to eat most of our breakfasts and lunches on board with lots of snacks and appetizers included.  We didn’t skimp on anything and all our food and drinks ended up costing us almost $800 (for five people) from Bobby’s.

We ordered by downloading their spreadsheet, filling out our order, sending it back to them via email and then they sent us a quote.  They will deliver it to our boat at noon on Thursday!  I’ll let you know how it goes!

How to save money and plan ahead with meat

Posted in preparation on February 19th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

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We don’t buy a lot of meat since we have a freezer full of game meat but when we do buy meat we go to Sam’s Club.  At Sam’s we buy the huge packages of chicken breasts, pork loin and beef brisket.  When we get home Frank separates the chicken breasts and cuts up the pork loin and beef brisket and vacuum packs them into meal size portions.  We then put them in the freezer and the day we want chicken or pork loin, we take out a package in the morning to thaw.

We use a FoodSaver Premier Series V1205 Vacuum Sealing Kit. Frank would like one of the big, commercial, restaurant quality ones.  Maybe someday, but in the meantime, this one does the job.

Planning ahead: The simple dinner

Posted in easy dinner, pasta, preparation on December 20th, 2006 by stormy – Be the first to comment

LasagnaSince I got to stay home today I felt like I should cook.  I was staring into the freezer trying to decide what I could do to chicken (or should I say with chicken) when Frank reached over my shoulder and said, "let’s have lasagna."  Last time he made lasagna he made another panful in a tin pan and we froze it.  Today we let it thaw all day and then put it in the oven for an hour at 350.  Lasagna is a great food to have on a snowy day by the fire place.  Luckily we had a half a bottle of wine to go with it.

Next time we’ll write the directions directly on the foil since we had to look up the cooking time and temperature.