If you do more than just the average cooking and baking, a kitchen scale might be your next culinary purchase. Kitchen scales help to measure your ingredients more accurately, especially with chopped vegetables, or other odd-shaped items that don't fit well into measuring cups. Many times foreign recipes list their ingredients by weight, so if you're interested in using foreign recipes, such as trying out a soufflé from a French cookbook, a scale eliminates the task of converting weight to cups, tablespoons, etc. The scale we have pictured is an old-school spring scale but digital kitchen scales are available for more accurate readings. Some digital scales also have features such as zeroing out the weight of your container so you don't have to measure both separately. Purchase a scale in various types and colors at any kitchen supply store.