I went to a kitchen store to buy a new metal jigger. My old one had fallen down the garbage disposal and gotten chewed up a bit. In the barware section, I saw a kitchen tool I’d never noticed before. It was a 5-ounce measuring glass, shaped like a juice glass not a measuring cup, and I decided it would come in handy.

It measures ounces, tablespoons, teaspoons and milliliters, and I use it almost daily. I tend to grab it when needing to measure things that are even more than 5 ounces because of its compact size. A measuring cup takes up more room in the dishwasher. Because I only want to run one load of dishes a day, I try to use the smallest glasses, dishes and cookware necessary to fit more in the appliance.

I use it to measure all sorts of things like the ingredients for multiple mixed drinks, broth that comes out of a container for recipes, and oil and vinegar for salad dressings. It makes halving measurements in recipes easier, too.

I try to keep my kitchen tools to a minimum. I don’t add things that I know I’ll use infrequently. This is one addition that I know I’ll get a lot of use out of — so much so that I thought I’d tell all of you about it since I know many of you spend as much time in your kitchen as I do.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.