Monday, November 4, 2013

Freezing

Eric and I are often asked about whether or not we're able to cook aboard the boat. This is one of those questions that gives us insight as to how others envision our life afloat. When we're asked about cooking and food storage, I suspect that the person inquiring about our accommodations pictures us eating out of cans and storing perishables in a dirty cooler that doubles as our coffee table. Although that scenario couldn't be farther from reality, these days, I'm starting to feel like we're living up to other people's expectations (or, rather, spiraling down to them).

Awhile back, our freezer died, and since then, we've been relying on our ice maker to freeze a small number of necessities (ice cream and pizza). Then, our refrigerator died (or rather an integral component of the refrigerator died), so we purchased what is essentially a freakishly expensive cooler (it can either refrigerate or freeze--hence the cost), to serve as our makeshift fridge. And where does this magical cooler live? On the floor of our salon under the navigation station (basically in plain sight). 

The good news is, now that our refrigerator is back up and running, we can convert the cooler from refrigerator to freezer. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, the only draw back is that we haven't yet fully remodeled our galley, which means that the freezer must remain on the floor of the salon for a short while longer.

The timing of our refrigerator/freezer re-birth couldn't have been more perfect (with the exception of the whole galley remodel hiccup). A Trader Joe's, which is new to Miami, just opened, and as you might know, they carry a wide variety of delicious frozen food. It may not seem as though a cooler-sized freezer could hold much, but it absolutely can. Ours is now packed full of goodies:

Freezing Cold
The freezer currently holds weeks worth of food (plus one teething ring):
  • Pasta sauce
  • 2 cheese pizzas
  • Fish sticks
  • Vegetarian burritos
  • Spinach quiche
  • Danish pancake balls
  • French toast
  • Vegetarian corn dogs
  • Dark chocolate covered bananas
  • Beef & vegetable pho
  • Chimichurri rice & vegetables 
  • Kung Pao chicken
  • Vegetable tempura
  • Stir fry vegetables
  • Fried rice
  • Mini chicken pot pies
There isn't much room to spare, but overall, it isn't bad for a cooler!

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