Are We Going to Eat on the Boat?
husband and I have a 36 C&C sailboat and enjoy sailing
in the Northwest. Cooking gluten-free always presents additional
challenges when planning a boat trip or planning a weekend getaway
with friends. The limited space and cramped kitchen facilities
are complicated by contamination possibilities; add that to the
lack of available gluten-free foods at any given marina store
or quaint little harbor town and youve got issues. (Except
in Canada, where gluten-free foods are refreshingly more available).
#1. If you are having guests on the boat, the same rule applies
as at home. No gluten on board. To soften this commandment, you
can plan the menu with your guests and divide the ingredients
so that you are responsible for all items that might otherwise
contain gluten. The exception to this rule are snacks that are
individually wrapped or packaged such as candy bars or bags of
chips, or beer. Your guests can enjoy and dispose of these without
contaminating your galley.
sandwiches are on the menu, I bake my own gf bread ahead of time
(try the Gluten-Free Pantrys Sandwich Bread Mix). Instead
of bread, there are many great, easy and quick lunches and snacks
you can prepare on a boat; tacos, fajitas, potato skins, quesadillas,
salads, raw vegetables with dip, chips and dips, etc.
key to great gluten-free meals on a boat is the same as for all
gluten-free cooking. It is essential to plan ahead. You will have
to bring your gf ingredients with you or you will likely be doing
without. If you are invited to someone elses boat for a
meal, decline the invitation and offer to bring an appetizer to
share before dinner, or a dessert to share after. It would be
literally impossible to cook on anothers grill with any
confidence that it was safe.
forethought and a great list of recipes (glutenfreeda.com), your
boating adventure can be complete with culinary delights that
will make your trip a wonderful success!