Saturday, December 15, 2012
single pot meals for the single handed sailor
I tried out my new JetBoil GCS (group cooking system) today. A cup of water was the only item on the menu, it took about two and one-half minutes for it to boil.
I've have heard for years about JetBoil Flash cooking systems, but mostly for boiling for coffee or tea, or maybe even soups. I just recently noticed the GCS which includes a 1.5 liter pot and a stand to stabilize the unit. Everything nests inside of the pot, so it doesn't take up much room.
On single handed sailing trips I've been going more and more to single pot meals. Cooking everything in one pot is quicker, simpler and easier to clean up afterwards. But even then I still had to deal with my Coleman stove - getting it out of its bag, setting it up, cooking, then breaking it down and putting it all away. This should make the single pot meal even simpler.
While it is called a "Group" cooking system I don't see how it could feed much of a group. I doubt that Bruce and I could get a "filling" dinner out of the small pot. But for one person it seems just right. We'll still use the Coleman on Spartina when Bruce is along - dinners tend to be a little more elaborate when Bruce is along. But when going solo I'll leave the bigger stove, griddle, and all that stuff at home.
I did worry about the stability of the vertical cooking system in a small boat, but Webb Chiles (who uses a JetBoil to heat water) tells me that he used to sail Chidiock Tichborne, his 18 foot open yawl, while steadying a gas camp stove with one hand and holding the pot with the other hand. And that was while sailing on the open ocean. If he can do that, I suppose I can do alright with the JetBoil in a quiet cove off of Pamlico Sound.
The stove, I should point out, is an early Xmas gift from my Mom. A great cook herself - she always makes sure I get a good meal one way or the other. Thanks Mom!