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As a partner at Alegria & Barovick LLP, Andrew Barovick represents clients in areas including medical malpractice, false arrests, and personal injury. Outside of his professional life, Andrew Barovick enjoys cooking.

Though there are a plethora of useful and essential kitchen tools and utensils, here are three every cook should have on hand:

1. Digital Scale – If you regularly cook using recipes and measured ingredients, a digital scale provides precision. Your measuring cup may offer a general idea, but a digital scale gives you precise weight-based measurements, helping you avoid over- or under-using key ingredients.

2. Thermometer – The USDA warns that thermometers offer the only way to reliably know when meat is cooked to a safe temperature. While the outside of your chicken breast may look finished, a thermometer tells you the inside temperature, taking the guesswork out of cooking meat.

3. Kitchen Shears – When you think of cutting food in the kitchen, chances are the tool you picture is a knife. But a good pair of kitchen shears makes it easier to quickly cut meat into small chunks for soups, stews, or any other dish calling for bite-sized chunks of meat. Their usefulness does not end with meat: you can also use kitchen shears to cut vegetables and herbs, as well as nonfood items like twine and parchment paper.