Unlike common tools like spatulas, pans and baking sheets, food scales probably aren’t high on your list of must-have kitchen gadgets. But according to experts, they can make cooking at home a whole lot easier.

“People should think of a scale as a basic kitchen tool, not just something for professional cooks,” said chef Meredith Laurence of Blue Jean Chef.

The gadget can help you perfect recipes, minimize kitchen messes and even lose weight. That’s why Shop TODAY consulted a handful of pros to get their insights on how you should be using a food scale in your own

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