I usually guess when the recipe calls for 2lbs of this or 4 ounces of this.Liquids are easy, a measuring cup can solve this problem but will solid food I did not have a great solution. My recipes tended to turn out but I did not have picky eaters. I did not want keep guessing and look for a solution and found this scale offered by Freiling: Frieling ADE Slim Digital Scale - KE86. It’s extremely thin and can measure food amounts up to 11lbs! it has a easy to use and easy to read converter that allows the scale to display its measurements in metric or standard readouts. It’s very practical handy and would strongly suggest this to any avid cook!