This section is from the book "Practical Dietetics With Special Reference To Diet In Disease", by William Gilman Thompson. Also available from Amazon: Practical Dietetics with Special Reference to Diet in Disease.
When a case of protracted severe illness occurs in a household it is very convenient to improvise a small diet kitchen in a room next the patient's bedroom. The outfit should consist of the following articles, in addition to the usual receptacles for containing the food:
A spirit or gas lamp kept ready to heat a porcelain-lined saucepan at any time, day or night.
A double porcelain-lined saucepan for a hot-water bath.
A cooking thermometer for use in hot fluids.
A measuring glass to hold six or eight ounces.
A bottle of rennet ferment.
Sodium bicarbonate, two or three ounces.
Borax, half a pound (to clean utensils).
A glass funnel with filter papers.
A meat-mincing machine.
A good chafing-dish and a pair of scales, although not necessary, are highly desirable.