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Must-have Galley Gadgets

Mar 15th 11
By Victoria Allman

If you flip through a Williams-Sonoma catalogue, you’ll see there is gadget for every galley task and every recipe worldwide. With the owner’s credit card at his or her disposal, a yacht chef could fill cupboard after cupboard with one-use devices such as hamburger shapers, peach pitters and bagel slicers – because we all know how hard it is to cut a bagel.


However, yacht galleys tend to be anything but spacious. Even with an unlimited budget, it makes more sense for a yacht chef to find a few versatile gadgets that they cannot live without.


It goes without saying that every galley needs a good set of chef’s knives. I personally bring my own trusted set of Global knives to each boat to guarantee the right, sharp knife for each task, but past the basics of sharp knives and quality pots and pans, what else does a galley need?


Quick to list some favorite pieces of equipment were Kermit Crew and Derek Alleman with the provisions department at National Marine, who sell and ship their favorite items and more to yacht chefs worldwide. Alleman suggested color-coded cutting boards, Crew said induction pans are a must and they both agreed on the paco-jet as a galley necessity.


It was obvious that they could fill cupboards galore with their dream lists, but this is the list they compiled when narrowing down their top five requests from chefs on yachts.


1. KitchenAid Professional 600-Series Mixer

Equipped with a high-performance, professional-level motor, the Professional 600 Series mixer can effectively mix up to 14 cups of all-purpose flour per batch. It powerfully churns through yeast bread dough and triple batches of cookie dough.


I use this powerful machine for morning bread baking, quickly followed by whipping up a fruit mousse for lunch, cookie batters, mixing hamburger ingredients, making pasta and paddling choux paste for hors d’oeuvres.


2. Vita-Mix Vita-Prep Bar Blender

Variable speed control allows you to chop, grind or blend different ingredients. With 48-ounce (1.5-liter) capacity and a high impact clear container with wet blade, chefs can concoct everything from smoothies and vinaigrettes to soups and sauces to afternoon cocktails. A good blender can be a chef’s best friend.


3. Dynamic USA Bermixer

The Dynamic USA Bermixier boasts unsurpassed power, performance and versatility for efficient blending with multiple speeds and a powerful motor. This portable, lightweight hand mixer (immersion blender) is so easy to use and clean, it will get you out of the galley faster than you ever thought possible. Use it to puree soups, smooth sauces, make dressings and mince meats.


4. Edlund Digital Scale

Precise weighing can turn a cake or baked treat from a flop into sweet dream. The Edlund Digital Scale ensures no one feels slighted when the steak on his or her neighbor’s plate seems a bit larger. A proper scale can make all of your buns uniform size and guarantee the appropriate salt content of the brine for pork.


5. Polder Probe Thermometer, Timer and Clock

Without a brigade of line cooks as back up, chefs can get a little busy at service time. It is easy to get caught up in plating an intricate appetizer and forget about the rare veal tenderloin roasting in the oven. A probe thermometer with a buzzer will alert you when the food has reached the precise temperature required. The result: perfection every time.


No matter how big or small your galley, the number one essential galley gadget to get you through the day, a charter – even a year with guests on board – is a Nespresso Espresso Maker. This yacht chef’s motto being: the more caffeine the better.


If you are missing any of these essentials from your galley, contact the provisions department at National to order and make your time in the galley more productive.;; 954.764.0975





Tags: Essentials Chefs 

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  • Polyscience Vacuum sealer and Immersion Circulator
    is a must!
    Posted by Dan_38 27/03/2011 20:40:07

  • WOW! That Thermomix does everything!
    Posted by victoriaallman 16/03/2011 14:09:38

  • I couldn't live without my yogurt maker when cruising remote areas. I also have cheese baskets to drain fresh cheeses for morning. And have started stocking sodium nitrate to cure bacons and corned beefs in areas where they are not readily available.
    I'll have to look into a Thermomix--it sounds great.
    Posted by victoriaallman 16/03/2011 14:01:41

  • I also need my Paco Jet,Imersion circ, Bread Machine and I also have a THERMOMIX TM31. ( ten appliances in One) they are not available in the US, but found someone in Canada that sent me one. they are awesome. I must say a smoking gun is awesome to have. I have a half Gal yogurt maker that runs full time, but in the Thermomix you can do this too.
    Posted by J08 16/03/2011 13:03:33

  • Great additions, Ben--I would add a Paco Jet right after the essentials, along with a Polyscience Smoking Gun and a brand with the ship's logo on it.
    Posted by victoriaallman 16/03/2011 12:27:52

  • ok... well they are good, but I have some other techno-gadgets that are quite useful for molecular culinary and forward thinking cuisine.

    1. Pacojet ice cream machine/multi use food processor
    2. Polyscience Vacuum sealer and Immersion Circulator
    3. ISI Soda and Cream Siphons
    Posted by chef ben 16/03/2011 01:07:14

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