What is the issue?Dry foods have a very short shelf life on a sea going vessel due to the damp environment.
Why address this?The short shelf life will result in food becoming quickly unpleasant and a lot of waste.
How to address this?Unpack all dry foods and store them in snap-lock air-sealed plastic containers as presented in figure 1. This keeps the products fresh and extends their life.
This is particularly important if you are sailing in a tropical environment habituated by cockroaches. Cockroaches or cockroach eggs within cardboard wrappers is a prime way to introduce roaches to a vessel. Removing all cardboard ashore will dramatically reduce the possibility of introduction. Then sealing all foodstuffs in solid airtight containers will cut off the food supply for any that might come aboard by other means.
If fitting out new shelving aboard it makes sense to have a suite of snap-lock containers already in mind to optimise the layout.
With thanks to:Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.
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