Everyone has different favorite tools in the galley. When we started editing “The Boat Galley Cookbook”, our International Marine/McGraw Hill editor thought it would be fun to have both Carolyn (TheBoatGalley.com) and I do a sidebar with our individual favorite galley essentials. We never finalized them – they were supposed to be our Top 10 choices, but mine had 22. Unfortunately in the final edit, the galley essentials sidebars ended up on the cutting room floor (to coin a phrase from my advertising background). So here are my top 22 galley choices.
Sharp Paring Knife (and knife sharpener). Click the link for Carolyn’s The Boat Galley article on how to pick the best knives!
- Potato Masher – get a sturdy one – mine in the house was inherited from my Mom, an old fashioned heavy metal variety. The first one I bought for the boat collapsed the first time I mashed potatoes!
- Icepick – used for everything from removing my giant ice cubes from the tray to anything we need a pointed tool
- Grill – ours is a Magma used with camping style propane canister
- Flat Grater/Shredder – be sure to get a flat one, the box types take forever to clean PLUS they eat up too much space!
- 3 nesting pans – a frying pan, a saucepan and a mid-size stock pot
- Good fish knife – don’t skimp on buying a good one – we got ours from a tackle shop and it’s still going strong – click here to read my post with Tips on Selecting a Fish Fillet Knife
- Shrimp deveiner – there are other ways to devein shrimp, but the little plastic tool is cheap and easy.
- Kitchen Timer – I like the old fashioned one with no batteries to fail
- Slotted Spoon/Tongs/Spatula … keep in mind, if you’re using them on the galley stove as well as the grill, you may need one nylon or silicon and one metal for the grill!
Collapsible Mixing Bowl — allows me to have a much bigger mixing bowl than I’d have space for otherwise
- Pot Restraints
- Chamois (as a “rack” to dry dishes and as a non-skid counter top)
- Mr Coffee w/ a Stainless Thermos carafe … or since I originally wrote this post, we’ve changed to a Keurig Single Serve Coffeemaker — only 3 amps per cup and always hot! But we don’t spend the money on the individual K cups, we opted for this EZ-Cup refillable filter instead — beware, we’ve tried several refillable and the one by Keurig with just the mesh is especially boat-unfriendly, no way to clean it without clogging your drain with coffee grounds! YIKES!
- 2 Flat Bottomed Serving Bowls – double for serving or eating underway
- corkscrew wine opener
- wine bottle stoppers (for unfortunate left over bottles)
- measuring cups and spoons – nesting is best, easier to store
- freezer baggies – if I had enough room to store them, I’d buy these by the truckload, both quart & gallon sizes
- good quality can opener we use a cheapo swingaway, and have never had to replace it in 10 years
- plastic egg camping containers because buying fresh eggs, often there are no containers outside the US
- vertical ice cube trays – OK, I’m spoiled. I like a big ice cube in my gin & tonic — maybe two! I know they’re ridiculously expensive, but I have yet to find anything else that works and doesn’t leak. Look for them at nautical flea markets or ask around, sometimes other cruisers have them but don’t use them & will sell them for less. 🙂
This isn’t everything in my galley, but it represents the stuff I use most! 🙂
And, of course, “The Boat Galley Cookbook” from Amazon!
What about you? Leave a comment and tell us your favorite galley tools! Cheers! Jan