Inspired by this thread, I thought I'd list what's in our household manual. Simple, thrifted 3 ring binder with tabs:
-inventories for freezer/home canned goods/bulk items
-instructions for house sitters, with local restaurant menus.
-irrigation schedule, which pretty much rules our life from April to October. Most current schedule slipped into the front cover
-cheese-making log sheets
-often used recipes (could work on consolidating these from other places)
-menu ideas of favorites for inspiration
-phone number list of neighbors, irrigators on our shared system and service providers like the vet and electrician
-planning calendar (DH, my, irrigation schedules merged on one page so we can function in a commuter marriage)
-summaries of canning times/weights for our altitude
-back flap holds printed gift labels for canning jars
-a pen tied with a string to mark off food from the inventory as used
We also keep binders with all the instructions for various tools and appliances. I like the thrifted big box orange one best, where the manuals for for outdoor and garage tools live. Not in the kitchen, in the nearby larder/laundry.
What else belongs in the pKIM? Or pHIM? Some ideas we could/should add:
-maintenance schedule with completion dates (like smoke detector batteries last changed...pets to the vet...)
-special cleaning instructions and recipes for DIY cleaners
-cooked meat temperature chart
Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
posted 5 years ago
For me, a huge amount would depend on how much I 'outsource'-
If there were various people helping out like woofers, housesitters etc
that makes things much more complicated.
If there's any off-grid systems, maybe detailed q and a-type stuff like
q: "what does it mean if the lights/water/electric fence stops, and what should I do?"
a: "Try a, then b, then d, then call X"
Life saving stuff like how to do CPR, not to pull out objects if impaled...
This may be more 'the farm manual', but:
the country people I know keep a regular note of rainfall.
Adapt parameters for places where more exciting things than rain happen
On a similar theme: stock breeding numbers and dates,
animals on their 'last chance' due to poor feet, parasite resistance, breeding etc.
Most restaurants I've worked all had 3 ring binder recipe books.
When I worked with lots of volunteers at a place called three stone hearth, the KIM was indispensable, with large scale recipes and tons of cooking, cleaning and procedures all laid out for volunteers to follow.
For our purposes there is some material (canning charts) that are standardized and we could all use yet other parts that must be Taylored to specific situations (family recipe book) but still could be shared.
Additionally, let's include lots of links to online resources and youtube videos, etc. so this suggests the KIM be on a tablet or smartphone. Did anyone just realize a pkitchen app that was open sourced could be a revolutionary possibility? What about a pkitchen wiki?
The KIm also, reminds me a bit of the Victorian housewives' manual which covered both kitchen and house issues. Now we have added in farm or homestead topics. A bit of a how to hack your life meets reference book that would be personalized to each situation.
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