What is the issue?Tinned food products have an excellent shelf-life making them an ideal food for the long distance cruiser. However when you rely on them extensively, irrespective of the food product they happen to contain, they all begin to taste like the tin can they came in.
Why address this?Food is the single most important fuel a sailing vessel runs upon. It is also one of the most pleasurable aspects of sailing and having a product that is enjoyable is essential. Having an inherent long life food product that is easy to prepare and stands the test of time is more than beneficial to the seagoing life.
How to address this?
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We did not have a refrigerator aboard and when making the long legs that were up to a month in duration, we tended to rely on tinned food a lot. So by the end of our completed circumnavigation, we had experienced more tins than anyone would ever want to.
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Photo: Courtesy of Stagg Chili
Also, it is also a very quick and easy hot meal to prepare, as all that is required as an accompaniment is rice. This is another long life food that provides high energy and takes up little storage space making it ideal to have aboard.
So, if you are in the wholesaler wondering which tinned foods you should stock up on, I can wholeheartedly recommend Chilli Con Carne as it stood the test of time for us. When looking for other tinned alternatives I would try similar spicy dishes whose natural properties you can augment by adding fresh spices, and anything that works well with fresh onions and garlic that will last the length of a voyage.
With thanks to:Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.
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