The nearby university has a surplus store where they sell off any thing & everything you can think of- computers, lockers, medical gurneys, floor from basketball court, etc. Heck, I even picked up an older style Cuisinart food processor for $5 once. For the most part, I've totally ignored the lab equipment until recently, when on one shopping trip, I picked up some pyrex glass beakers & flasks- mostly for aromatherapy & such. Then I read the article here about Sous Vide and when I saw a portable immersion circulator for a ridiculously low price, I had to grab it. Plus they've been putting out more & more vintage cookbooks each week, $2 each, from some special collection- I manage to pick up several of James Beard's books that way and lots of old cookbooks/booklets that date all the way back to the 1930's. Now I'm on the lookout for a low temp 'oven' that controls humidity too, for dehydrating stuff in and I want to get some more of the pyrex stuff.
Am I crazy or what? I don't even know if I'll ever do Sous Vide...but at least I have a great portable 'water heater'-lol...besides, I already have a Food Save to vacuum seal the food if I do. Does anyone else have lab equipment in their kitchen? Any useful items I should keep my eyes out for?