How long you cook menu items for is easily as important as how hot you cook them. Burning a main dish or under-cooking a section of meat isn’t caused by your stove being too hot or too cold, it’s often caused by not keeping track of time. Usually, this happens because you don’t have any kitchen timers standing by to keep you on track. These little contraptions have been around for a long time, and keeping your dinner from overcooking is as easy as twisting a dial or pushing a few buttons. Today’s kitchen timers come with all kinds of convenient features, like multiple readouts for multiple jobs, so find the one that fits your needs, and never worry about missing the mark again.