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Food Flasks for Sea Fishermen
Sea fishing is one of my favourite hobbies/pastimes and although still, calm conditions in summer are more pleasant at or out on the ocean, there are times when the fishing will be better when the cold winter chill is biting. On such days and in such weather conditions, considerably more planning is required for any trip and more equipment is often required to be taken. One thing that cannot be ignored is the importance of staying warm and hot food and drinks are a huge part of this vitally important process.
While vacuum flasks of hot coffee or soup are popular with fishermen of all types, it is not quite so often you see an angler with a food flask. I honestly believe this is simply because many are not aware of the availability of such a product. Imagine being out on the boat or by the shoreline or river bank and being able to go in to your tackle box or bag and pull out a hot meat pie to enjoy? Believe me, it can really boost your morale as well as heat you up inside and out!
Quality food flasks like this one (also available on Amazon UK) can keep food warm for several hours. I have opened my flask after 5 or 6 hours and taken out a pie that is still a bit too hot to eat. It's not just pies of course that you can add to these flasks, with a wide variety of hot foods (see further down page for ideas) suitable for inclusion - especially as this flask comes with a serving bowl lid and a spoon!
Equally, it's not just fishermen who can reap the benefits of this product, with hikers, ramblers or even picnickers choosing to take hot food with them on their travels. You could even use the flask to take a hot lunch to work with you on a cold winter's day!
Especially where your hot food is dry in the form of perhaps pies or pasties, you are likely to want a drink afterwards. Why take a cold drink likely to negate some of the benefits of your hot food? Why not instead take some coffee or even liquid soup with which to wash down your meal in this handy vacuum flask designed for liquids with a drinking cup provided?
How to Prepare a Food Flask for Filling
Although it is not absolutely essential, it's a good idea to put hot food in to a hot flask, just as you would plate up your dinner on a hot plate. This is very easily achieved. All you do is pour some boiling water in to the flask, almost but not quite to fill it. Screw on the lid and leave it for a couple of minutes while you ensure your food is ready to go. Unscrew the lid, carefully pour out the water at the sink and quickly dry with a clean tea towel before adding your food and replacing the sealing lid.
Looking for Filling Ideas for Your New Food Flask?
There really are few limits to what you can include in your food flask, whether you are going fishing, walking, or simply packing a working lunch - especially when you have a spoon and a serving bowl thoughtfully provided! You may only want to avoid things like hot sandwiches, as bread or even rolls would be likely to be made soggy by trapped steam.
When I go sea fishing, it is probably meat pies or pasties I have in my food flask on more than 50% of occasions. Sometimes, I buy the pies but more often than not, I make them myself the day before then simply heat them up again in a moderate oven on the morning of departure while I'm getting ready. Depending upon the size of your pies or pasties, they may fit snugly in the flask but if they are likely to move around, you may want to wrap them in tinfoil to ensure they don't break apart in transit.
As well as pies or pasties, however, you may want to consider a thick and hearty soup, a meat stew, or even a curry for your food flask!