Ok, I wonder how many others of you are addicted to kitchen equipment?
I buy all sorts of stuff for highly specialized uses, so it is never cost–effective, but I have even separate olive and cherry pitters. I have bought and later rejected a variety of cook ware, and have special pans and roasters for occasional use. As my kitchen is 10X10, I have become extremely creative in storing and stacking the stuff. I just bought a 3qt Le Creuset saucier solely for uses like risotto. It cracks up my girlfriend whenever I pull out an exotic tool that has only one rare use. I am always on the hunt for something perfect for a specific use, no matter how infrequent even though I know that a good cook needs nothing more than a heat source and a vessel without leaks. (I was happiest giving away my sets of copper and anodized aluminum cookware, which I never liked) Not all the stuff is expensive, either.
One of these days I know I will succumb to buying a 15 qt goose pot that I won’t even be able to store, I just know it. How about you? What is the most esoteric thing you own?
I have, and have used, a fireplace punch heater for mulled wine, that is how bad my addiction is.