Galleys are small – unless you are on a mega yacht or catamaran. The small size is also a safety factor as you don’t really want to go flying across the cabin when working with knives or hot items. So small can be a positive.
The challenge is how you organize and what you have onboard so that the small space is not a daily source of frustration. Items that are dual-purpose, collapsible, or unbreakable are all key.
Many of the items we use are not restricted to boat use – they are equally functional in a full-sized kitchen, RV, or camper.
You’re going to see a trend here with collapsible items; they work exceedingly well in small spaces such as boats and condos where storage space is at a premium. Dan was skeptical about this teapot but once he started using it, he realized its genius. Unlike other collapsible teapots available, the handle on this one swivels down making it more compact than others. You do need to make sure your flame is not too high on the burner. Other colors are available if lime green does not boil your water.
AeroPress Coffee/Espresso Maker
While Dan drinks tea every morning, I love my coffee and I like it strong. Upon recommendation of a coffee connoisseur I once worked with, I purchased an AeroPress. I love it. I mean I LOVE IT. If you follow the directions, it’s simple to use and extremely easy to clean (virtually self-cleaning). It uses one tiny paper filter so there is minimal waste.
Silicone Bundt Pan
I realized part way through our first full sailing season onboard that we didn’t have much in the way of baking pans. Not that we need many but when you’re trying to figure out what to do with 3 cups of blueberries having a cake pan or any type of bakeware can be helpful. But bakeware takes a lot of space. While in Toronto I used my sister’s silicone bread pan – issue solved as they squish and can be tucked into small spaces. My first purchase was a silicone bundt pan which I used recently to make a kick-ass rum (Rhum!) cake. Note: when using silicone bakeware, you need to put it on a cookie sheet for stability when putting it in or removing from the oven.
When our previous camp-style toaster rusted out, we purchased this GSI stainless steel toaster. While it only does one slice at a time, it’s very fast, easy to clean and folds flat– taking virtually no space. It also comes with a storage pouch.
Cast Iron Heat Diffuser
Dan loves cooking on gas stoves but sometimes it can be hard to control the heat at very low temperatures. His solution? Use a heat diffuser! Works great on the Force 10 stove that we have on the boat and it also worked well in the condo.
When a blender is not an option, this small chopper is amazingly effective at making salsas, guacamole, grating cheese and more.
NEW-Universal Stone Cleaner
We first found this in a little store in Goderich and used it to clean/polish our countertops. The results were amazing! Dan has also used it to clean the gelcoat in the cockpit - much easier than using some of the marine polishes.
NEW-Dyson Cordless Vacuum
Yes - they're expensive. But they work great for cleaning the interior of the boat and the various attachments help clean the weird corners. And it breaks down so it can be stored easily in a small closet. Looking for a wet/dry vacuum - check the Dewalt in the Tool section.
5QT Collapsible Bowl
Yet another collapsible bowl and this one gets used more than any other. It’s large enough (5 qt) for Dan to mix up veggies for grilling (and keep the oil and seasonings contained within the bowl). We also use it to serve pasta dishes or salads when we have company.
Collapsible Bowl Set
Bowls take up a lot of space but are necessary for mixing, marinating, etc. We found this collapsible bowl set with lids and use them all the time. I would not trust the lids to stay on if they get tossed into the reefer upside down or sideways (we’ve not had any come off, but they have never been through a dishwashing machine).
Collapsible Microwave Cover
We have a microwave/convection/toaster oven onboard, which we can only use when connected to shorepower. When we do use the microwave, it helps to have a splatter screen over the food to keep things from exploding all over the interior. And of course we found a collapsible microwave cover!
NEW-Small Lazy Susan
We have a couple of hard-to-reach spaces in the galley area and this small lazy susan is the perfect solution for utilizing the space and making the items more accessible.
Collapsible Dish Rack
And what would a collapsible dish tub do without a collapsible dish rack? It would be lonely and sad! This is actually our second dish rack. A folding rack we got at West Marine served its purpose on Blue Loon, but it was too small for Gaviidae. We also purchased a drain pan to put under this.
Collapsible Dish Tub
We found this collapsible dish tub on Amazon; ours is aqua and white. We’ve used it for rinsing dishes, laundry, general catch-all, etc. And when it is not in use it collapses down and fits under the galley sink.
NEW - Hefty Clip Fresh
We use these extensively in the galley for storing coffee, herbs and spices, granola - basically any type of dry good that we want to store airtight. We purchased a variety of sizes but all rectangular in shape so they stack nicely.
Lunatec Aquabot Sprayer
We purchased the Lunatec Aquabot Sprayer Top to modify an existing water bottle that we weren’t using. Our intention was to use it for rinsing dishes as a way of conserving our fresh water reserves. It works great for that but we also found it very useful when cleaning the cockpit for blasting dirt out of small crevices behind the dodger, in tight corners and such. You can also buy the Aquabot Sprayer with a bottle. Update: We now have an affiliate relationship with Lunatec. To see their complete product line, click on the link above.
Reusable Produce Bags
Pretty much everytime we check out at a grocery store we are asked where we got our reusable produce bags. Rather than use plastic bags, we found these at a Coop and paid a ridiculous price for them. Now you can find them on Amazon for considerably less and there are numerous options from mesh to canvas. We like the mesh bags as they are easier to wash.
We both happen to love grapefruit but my mothers way of cutting the grapefruit in half and then dissecting each section as well as the outer perimeter it a pain in the butt! Why it took us so long to find out there are spoons specifically designed for grapefruit, I’ll never know! This particular spoon comes as a set of four for a very reasonable price.