Ranking the Best Boat Cookware on the Market
Magma 10-Piece Nesting Cookware
Neoflam Midas Non-Stick Ceramic Cookware Set
When you are doing duty as a galley chef you know that space is at a premium. The quality of your cookware really comes into play in ways that you might not even think of when you’re boiling a pot of water or frying up an egg on solid ground.
Galley cookware needs to be designed for maximum efficiency in a minimum amount of room. You don’t want to be lugging around any giant crock pots or woks in such a tiny space. Fortunately, there are a number of companies out there making top quality cookware to fit a variety of budgets with an eye to versatility and space-saving design.
If you’re looking to spend some time out on the open water and want to make sure that you’re able to cook up the best dinner but you can without pulling into port, this is a list of some of the best cookware that you can get for your boat. Also, check out the detailed buying guide so you know what to look for the next time you’re heading out to get some galley cookware.
Boat Cookware Buying Guide: What You Need to Know
As with any product you buy for your boat, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind when looking for the kind of cookware that’s going to be most appropriate for your needs.
Aluminum: You can find a lot of very cheap aluminum pots out there, including nesting sets. Some individual pieces can be as little as $20 each. As the old adage goes you get what you pay for so keep that in mind.
On the upside, aluminum is extremely lightweight and great at conducting heat. On the downside, aluminum will react with highly acidic foods and can warp in high heat. It also scratches and damages easily, which could end up contaminating food and being a health risk. It’s recommend you only get aluminum if it’s a lining on a superior pot like stainless steel.
Stainless Steel: Stainless steel is more resistant to damage than aluminum, and if it’s clad with a copper or aluminum bottom you can expect some fairly even heat distribution. Stainless is also a non-reactive metal so you don’t have to worry about cooking anything highly acidic in the pot and having some kind of reaction or contamination with your food.
Be wary if there is no extra layer of metal on the bottom to help conduct the heat. Pure stainless steel pots can be rather inconsistent for cooking. Additionally, if there’s no non-stick coating then you can expect that you’re going to get a bit of a workout cleaning these pots after you’ve used them.
Ceramic: Ceramic cookware is non-toxic and non-stick, two big selling points. It also tends to be fairly lightweight and very easy to clean. The downsides are that you still need to keep the heat down so you don’t ruin the non-stick coating and you want to avoid using metal utensils. No matter what you do, that ceramic non-stick coating will fade in time, greatly reducing the functionality of the cookware.
Non-stick: Not a material that cookware is made from it in and of itself, but nonstick is a consideration when buying cookware. Most everyone is familiar with Teflon and similar coatings, which can make cooking easier. There are some health concerns that some people have with these coatings as they can scrape off and leach into foods. It’s something to consider if you eat a lot of cooking on these surfaces.
One thing to keep in mind with any cookware that is made with aluminum and stainless steel together is that the manufacturers advise you keep an eye on your temperatures. Cranking the heat up to maximum can damage this kind of cookware. You want to stick around medium heat to ensure the quality remains high, and the metal doesn’t develop hot spots or warp.
Galley cookware is designed to be space-saving and for that reason, the handles are going to be removable. When you store the cookware, you can put the handle inside of them after they’re stacked up. That’s great for space-saving, but not so great for people who have less than ideal organizational skills. There’s a long history of galley chefs who have lost handles and couldn’t remember where they got placed.
You want these nesting pots to live up to their name. If they take up much more than ½ cu ft. of space, you may want to consider another option.
At the end of the day, go with what meets your needs, your budget, and your personal aesthetic. You’re out on the water to enjoy yourself, you don’ want to be stressing over cookware.