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Provisioning for January to November 2011

Crossing the Indian Ocean from Malaysia to South Africa with long stays in Chagos and Madagascar

We started provisioning in Penang (for 2 people) for provisions like Indian spices, dahl and dosai mix. The bulk of our provisioning was done in Langkawi - cases of tins, lots of cheese, flour, oats in supermarkets and basic baking needs at Pastry Pro. We also stocked up on wine, and spirits enough to get us to Madagascar. The only things we wish we'd bought more of was mozzarella cheese for pizzas, tinned fruit for muesli when the bananas ran out, and herbal teabags, but we were able to buy lots of tinned fruit in Galle, Sri Lanka. The only things we bought a lot of in Phuket were liters of juice that we knew we liked and ground coffee. Not knowing if we would stop at Gan in Addu Atoll in the Maldives, we stocked up on big bags of onions, potatoes, and garlic in Sri Lanka, along with lots of pumpkins and cabbages. Although we did end up stopping in the Maldives to order a new jib, we were very glad we bought what we did in Sri Lanka as the produce was better there and it lasted us through the three months in Chagos and on to Madagascar.

We stocked up on most things to get us through to South Africa, but knew we'd be able to buy more wine, flour, sugar, onions, potatoes, blue cheese, and yogurt at Nosy Be in Madagascar. We felt very fortunate that we did this. The one small supermarket in Nosy Be didn't have much available and tinned goods were very expensive. Fresh fruit, vegetables and prawns were available in Nosy Be, but after dealing with upset stomachs there we realized we had to wash all fruit and vegetables that couldn't be peeled in a Clorox solution. After we did that we had no more stomach problems as long as we didn't eat lettuce and tomatoes when we went out to eat.

Of course most provisioning depends on one's needs, likes, and wants, but if there is any other information that you would like me to respond to feel free to write to Nina with the subject "Provisioning for Chagos" at arctracer@yahoo.com as I will be able to collect this on my sailmail account and answer more quickly than if you use our web site e-mail address. I will also revise the list below at some point in time.

NOTES:

  1. Flour, rice and oats - put chloroform on cotton in old bottle caps in flour and rice in sturdy plastic boxes, then checked them every couple of weeks.
  2. Dried bananas and carrots and onions on deck in sun as they started to go off.
  3. Stored cheese in canola oil and had some in fridge and freezer.
  4. My freezer holds 18 boxes which each hold 3 cups of water.
  5. Made sprouts and yogurt continuously.
  6. Be sure to buy unwashed eggs and potatoes as they last much longer.
  7. Two websites we found to help us with our provisioning were:
             http://aliisa.net/voyage/stories/provisioning.html
             http://www.docstoc.com/docs/48476576/Chagos

LIST of most things on board by the middle of February (in alphabetical order):

Artichoke Hearts 8 Tins for pizza
Baking Powder 500 g
Baking Soda 500 g
Beans: 
- refried (tinned) - 1
- black (dried) - 300 gm
- other (dried) - 1 qt jar
- red kidney Case of 24 + 5 for soups and refried beans
Beef Curry 2 tins
Black Current Juice 6 Bottles (each makes 8 liters)
Black Olives 10 tins for pizza and pasta
Bulgar Wheat 2 quarts when stored in jars for tabouli
Butter (tinned) 2 (340g) tins + 5 kg canola margarine + 2 kg other margarine
Cabbages 12 bought in Sri Lanka and stored in green bags in fridge
Catsup 2 bottles + large bag of tomato sauce
Cheese: 
   - Blue Have 40 (Some in fridge and some in canola oil) Bought more in Madagascar.
   - Brie 6 from Galle + 2 Camembert
   - Cheddar 10 (250 g) [refried bean tortillas, calzones, sandwiches, quiche, & ham sauce with mushrooms]
   - Cream 2 small bought in plastic containers
   - Feta 1 Freezer Box which held 5 UHT small boxes when taken out of their containers
   - Gouda 2.65 kg block in Galle
   - Mozzarella 4 kg for pizza with some put in 3 freezer boxes and rest in oil
   - Parmesan 6 kg for pasta
   - Ricotta 500g in Galle for lasagna
Chicken 2 boxes of chicken breasts in freezer. Bought small frozen chicken in Gan, Maldives.
Chicken Curry 20 large tins
Chicken (MOCK, tinned) 10 tins
Chick Peas Case of 24 + 5 [for falafel & hummus (2 tins to 1 tahini jar)]
Chocolate Bits Never found any that looked good - Should have bought in States in summer.
Chutney (Mango) 2 (684g) jars
Clams (baby in broth) 2 tins
Crabmeat 4 tins
Curry Cockles 4 tins
Coconut (shredded) - 6 tins (127g) + 4 packets (100g) for Anzac biscuits
Coffee - 1 kg/month 12 kg in Ao Chalong small grocery store
Kopi Maize (from Philippines) Use as decaf coffee - 3 quarts when stored in jars
Corn (tinned) 2 tins
Corned Beef 8 tins
Corn Meal 1.5 kg (for corn bread & English muffins)
Corn Starch 1600 g in 4 packages
Crackers 3 tins of 700g + 2 pkg cream crackers + 10 packages cream crackers (500g each) in Galle
Dates 5 kg + 5 kg (Galle)
Eggs: 
   - Powdered 1 quart stored in glass jar
   - Real 300 bought in 2 large boxes in Galle, then stored in plastic egg containers with a little vaseline
         (Had too many and gave about 80 away - yolks got 'watery' looking but were still fine for baking)
   - Egg Replacer (200g) equivalent to 66 eggs
   - Egg Whites (dried) 1 pkg of 8 oz
Flour (White) 18 kg + 10 (1 kg pkg) - (1 kg flour = 8 cups & need 6 kg of flour/month) Bought more in Madagascar
Flour (Dark) 2 kg dark rye + 3 kg whole meal (Pastry Pro)
Flour (Rice) 400g
Flour (Tempura) 150g
Flour (Chapati) 1 kg
Flour Dosai (Thosai) Mix 12 packages from Penang
 FLOUR USED FOR VARIOUS THINGS: BREAD (5 cups/2 loaves); CALZONES (4 cups/2 meals) ; DESSERTS(1 kg/month) ; PANCAKES (2 cups/batch) ; PIZZA (5 cups for 2) ; TORTILLAS (3.5 cups with 1.5 c. water for 13 & 2 meals)
 FLOUR NEED FOR EACH THING: BREAD (need 5 cups for 2 loaves) 2 kg/mo ; CALZONES 1/2 kg/mo ; DESSERTS & PANCAKES 1 kg/mo ; PIZZA 1 kg/mo ; TORTILLAS 1 kg/mo
Fruit (Dried) - Pineapple for muesli. Friend gave me big bag of dried cranberries from States that I used too.
Fruit (Tinned from Mike in Galle): Apricots 4, Mangoes 6, Peaches 4, Pears 4, Pineapple 8
Fruit (Tinned Pineapple) 12 (565g)
Fruit (Fresh):  
   - Apples 7 Kg in Galle Wish I'd bought more apples as they lasted well.
   - Bananas 5 hands + 2 hands from Lalith + big bunch from Tango Shipping 1 stock in Gan, Addu Atoll, Maldives
   - Limes/Lemons 24 fresh + 2 boxes in freezer (equivalent of 6 cups in freezer)
   - Galle (Fruit) 
   - Pamplemousse 6 in Galle
   - Oranges 12 local green ones in Galle didn't last + 4.5 kg orange ones in Galle & 12 in Gan lasted well
Granola Bars 12 packages
Green Beans (tinned) 4
Greens (tinned spinach) 12
Ham (tinned) 3
Honey 8 (1 kg plastic containers) - Bought more in Madagascar at 'honey river'
Horseradish 2 new wasabi + 750 gram jar horseradish
Jam/Jelly 10 jars (400-500g) + 2 large Thai marmalade
Jello 8 boxes
Juice in liter boxes 25 liters
Juice (lime) 11 (200 ml bottles in Galle - not wonderful stuff)
Juice (Tang) 3 Large Tins (each make 22 liters) from States
Liquid Smoke 2 small bottles for making refried beans bought in Ao Chalong
Mayonnaise 4 (1 liter) pkg (tuna & tartar sauce for fish sandwiches)
Milk: 
   - UHT 20 (liter boxes)
   - Coconut 24 (200 ml) + 24 (400 ml) for dahl, fish curry, rendang sauce, Tom Yum soup
   - Evaporated 20 (400 g) for soup, chowder & pasta sauces
   - Powdered 6000 g Anlene from Langkawi + 4 (1 kg boxes of New Zealand Anchor brand) in Galle
   - Sweetened Condensed 5
   - Whipped Cream UHT 2 + 7 in Galle
Mung Beans 2 large bags + 1 kg in Galle
Mushrooms (tinned) Case of 24 + 21 tins
Mustard 7 small jars (for lentil burgers & cheese sandwiches)
Nori 2 packages of 10 sheets each
Nuts: 
   - Almonds 2 kg Pastry Pro + 1 kg Galle
   - Cashews 3 kg Pastry Pro + 3 pint jar
   - Peauts (White) 1 kg
   - Peanuts (Red Skins)3 kg + 4 kg in Galle for muesli and sweet breads (date-nut, banana bread)
   - Walnuts 2 kg Pastry Pro + 1 qt jar
Oats 37.5 kg in 50 (.75kg) bags - Use 3 kg/month for muesli, lentil burgers & Anzac or Oatmeal cookies
         Bought in Langkawi and stored in 2 sturdy, large plastic boxes in original packaging.
Oil: 
   - Canola 10 liters
   - Olive 1 quart + 6 liters in Galle - would have been less expensive in Malaysia or Thailand
   - Peanut 1
   - Palm (for toilet) 2 (2 kg) bottles
Onions 3 kg + 30 kg in Galle Bought more in Madagascar
Orange Lentils 42 cups stored in study plastic containers for dahl and lentil burgers
Oysters/Mussels (smoked/tinned) 8 tins
Oysters (whole tinned) 1 tin
Pasta: 
   - Fettuccine (500g pkg) 15 packages
   - Lasagna Noodles 1 box
   - Linguine 12 packages
   - Macaroni or Spirals 3 (375g)
   - Spaghetti 10 packages
   - 2-minute Noodles 48 packages
   - Vermicelli 4 (400g)
Peanut Butter 10 (510 g jars)
Peas (tinned) Case of 24 + 6 (way too many for us as we aren't really fond of them)
Pesto Sauce 5 (185 gm jars)
Popcorn 2 kg
Potatoes 7 tins + 30 kg fresh wrapped individually in newspaper + 58oz tin of potato flakes
         Checked each fresh potato every 3-4 days and used them if soft. Made sure they had lots of air.
         Gave some away in Chagos. Bought more in Madagascar.
Prawns 1 box in freezer
Propane - Have 4 containers that hold 60 pounds - last filled in Sri Lanka & needed more in Madagascar
Pumpkins - 12 Checked each one every 5 days or so. When one started to spoil we used it right away
Rice: 
   - Brown 5 kg bag + 4 (1kg) bags
   - Red 2 kg + 1 kg
   - Brown & Red Mixed 54 cups for 6 months (3 kg brown mixed with 1 kg red made 22 cups)
   - Sushi 1 kg
   - White 4 kg
Salmon 3 tins and 3 salmon spread
Salmon (smoked) 5 packages in freezer between boxes
Sherry (cooking) 1 bottle + part of bottle for coleslaw dressing and Lobster Newburg (in Madagascar)
Seeds:  
   - flax (linseed) 1.5 kg (1/2 kg = 3 cups or 48 TBSP. Need 2 Tbsp/2 loaves bread)
   - pumpkin 1 kg Pastry Pro + 1 (200g) jar + 2 pint jars
   - sesame 2 quarts for museli, stir fries, cabbage salad, sesame noodles
   - sunflower 3 kg Pastry Pro + 1 pint jar for museli & bread
Semolina 2 tins (454g each)
Snails 1 tin
Soy Sauce 2.5 (600 ml) bottles
Spices:  
   - Chili Sauce 1 bottle
   - Green Curry Paste 4 packages
   - Oyster Sauce 2 bottles
   - Red Curry Paste 4 packages
   - Rendang Sauce 24 large + 10 small packages
   - Salt 2.5 kg
   - Tobasco Sauce 1 bottle
   - Tom Yum Paste 2 pkg + 2 small jars
Spices Continued: 
   - Black Mustard Seeds 2 (100g) packages
   - Celery Seeds 2 (100g) packets
   - Chili Powder 4(50g pkg) + 1 (20g)
   - Coriander Powder 200g + 2 (125g) + 100g
   - Coriander Seeds 50g
   - Cumin Powder 2 (70g) packages
   - Cumin Seeds 2 (100g) packets
   - Curry Powder (KURMA brand) 3(200g) packages
   - Fennel Powder 4 (75g) packets
   - Fennel Seeds 2 (100g) packets
   - Fenugreek Seeds 100g
   - Ginger (fresh) 4 large pieces in Galle which lasted months in fridge
   - Peppercorns 2 (100g) packets
   - Turmeric Powder 3 (100g) packets
   - Wasabi Paste 2 Tubes
Squid 1 box in freezer + caught many in Chagos without getting black ink on boat
Sugar (Brown) 2 (500g) + 2 (455g)
Sugar (White) 1 gallon container + 8 kg
Sultanas 1 kg + 7 (200 g) for muesli and semolina
Tahini Butter 5.5 jars - use 1/2 jar with 1 garbanzo bean tin for hummus
Tea - Roobios & herbal Bags 360 teabags (use 2 teabags/day so for 6 months needed 60 x 6) Bought more in Madagascar.
Tofu: 
   - TVP 
   - fresh, packed well 
Tomatoes (tinned) 24
Tomato Paste 25 small (150 g) + 4 (170g normal) + 3 (340g) for pizza and spaghetti sauce
Tuna (tinned) 26
Vegetables (fresh & frozen): 
   - Cabbages 12 stored in green bags in fridge
   - Carrots 12 in Galle + 12 in Maldives - neither lasted - dried or froze to use later
   - Corn 2 tins
   - Garlic 20 kg in Galle - WAY too much so gave lots away
   - Greens 4 freezer boxes from Thailand + enough fresh for 1 meal in Galle
   - Green Peppers (Capsicums) 2 freezer boxes + 8 fresh for pizza and spaghetti
   - Peas 30 tins
   - Potatoes (flakes) 58oz tin bought in Phuket
   - Potatoes (tinned) 7 tins of small whole potatoes
   - Potatoes (fresh) 30 kg in Galle wrapped individually in newspaper
         Checked each fresh potato every 3-4 days and used them if soft. Made sure they had lots of air.
         Gave some away in Chagos. Bought more in Madagascar.
   - Pumpkins 12 in Galle
   - Tomatoes (tinned) 24
   - Tomatoes (fresh) 36 in Galle which lasted well
   - Spinach 12 tins
Vinegar:  
   - Apple Cider Vinegar 1 pint
   - Balsamic Vinegar 2.5 bottles
   - Malt Vinegar 1 small bottle
   - Red Vinegar 5 bottles
   - Rice Vinegar 1 bottle found in Galle
   - White Vinegar 1/2 bottle
Wheat Germ 1 (567gm=20 oz) jar
Wine 12 (5 liter) boxes
Yeast 3 (500g packages)
Yogurt 3 large containers in Langkawi and 5 pint containers in Galle.
         Made my own yogurt from the above until we got to Madagascar.
         A friend gave me several small packets of dry culture from the States which I appreciated.

MISCELLANEOUS SUPPLIES

Bug Spray for hornets or other pests 1
Chlorox 3
Conditioner 3 large
Dish Detergent 2.5 + 2 (600g) Galle
Hinges for galley doors
Laundry Detergent 1 large pail full
Liquid Hand Soap - Gervenne Rosemary & Herbs 3
Mosquito Coils Big Box
Mosquito Repellent 8 containers
Paper Towels 12 rolls
Shampoo 5 large
Shower Soap (Purple Cover Aroma Therapy) 4
Tissues 8 large boxes
Toilet Tissue 4(10 rolls) = 40 rolls in Langkawi + 2 rolls of 10 in Galle
Toothpaste 4 + 2 (200g) Galle


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