Spices for the weekend boater

When I am only around on the weekends I have a constant struggle with supplying my boat.  Spices are a particularly difficult one, because you’re never sure what you will need, and they’re expensive to buy.  I have a monster supply of spices at home, and as such did not want to buy a whole new set for the boat.  An entire jar of nutmeg would be way too much anyway.  I also needed to make sure I was able to have a wide variety, as I’d like to save on cost, and avoid duplication with the ones I have at home.

A long search for small plastic spice containers led me to find a lot of solutions, but none that met my qualifications.  I wanted my containers to be: 1. wide enough at the mouth to let me pinch spices with my fingers. 2. Plastic (not stainless or glass) and 3. The entire collection should cost less than $25.

After an extensive search I found these little containers on amazon.

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They’re only $11 for a set of 18, and they’re perfect for all your small use spices.  They also  lock together in stacks.  If I was going to live aboard (and I may do this anyway) I would also add a few of the 6oz containers for some of the spices you use more of per recipe, i.e. taco seasoning, steak rub, etc.

I labeled all of my containers using heavy brown paper and some Elmer’s glue. I left a few of them on the boat for a couple weeks before I labeled the rest, and so far it has held on well.

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These look pretty small but they hold a half bottle of McCormick’s seasoning.

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I know a lot of people like ziplocks, but I really wanted something where I could see all the labels easily.  Would love to hear your tips and tricks!

My New Galley Wine Glass Rack

I have always had a profound envy of people with a wine glass racks in their galley.  So even though my galley is really probably a bit too small, and not really in need of one I decided that I MUST make it happen. I just had to promise not to drill anymore holes into the cabin top.

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My first step was to choose the rack.  I picked this one on amazon for its versatility and natural wood appearance. Also it helps that it was super cheap.  If I was not so lazy the first thing I would have done was to stain it to match the rest of my wood.  Unfortunately I am more stubborn than diligent, and the first thing I did was to go to home depot and buy the exact kind of tape my husband told me would not work. It says outdoor…it says permanent..?  Don’t buy this!  It didn’t last more than a day.

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This is what you should buy instead. You have to buy it at an auto parts store.  Fred used it to hold the windows on our last boat. It works well.

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I 3m’d a kabob skewer along the back ledge so as to keep the glasses from falling out the back.

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I now have this lovely wine rack with pretty minimal effort.  Would have been less had I listened a little better.  My husband hates it..but now I have an empty cabinet, and I am happy with the results.

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Now I can focus on organizing my spices.