TOP 10 MUST-HAVE ITEMS FOR THE HOME CHEF FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS!

When you think about creative cooking, kitchen accoutrements or gourmet dinner parties, your first thoughts may not waft in the direction of Harbor Freight Tools. But for those who truly aspire to expand their culinary horizons, or just buy more cool kitchen stuff, there are several must-have items for the home chef available at Harbor Freight!

10.

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are an absolute must for any kitchen and these boards offer several advantages over traditional wood cutting boards. The 2 Piece Cutting Board Set from Harbor Freight comes with two boards: 13-3/4” x 10” and  15-7/8” x 11” respectively. They’re made from super-tough polypropylene, making them more resistant to knife cuts compared to wood, heat resistant up to 260° F, sanitary, odorless and non-toxic. With an integrated handle and slim profile, these boards store easily and are quickly accessible for most food prep needs.

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2 Piece Cutting Board Set, item# 69459

 

9.

Knives

A few good knives go a long way in making memorable meals. Talk to any home or professional chef and he or she is likely to talk about their favorite knife or knives as they would a loved one. In fact, some chefs prefer their knives to family members—maybe because a good knife is always functional whereas some family members are, well, not. More recently, ceramic knives have found their way into professional and home kitchens alike. Their antimicrobial properties and razor-sharp edges are huge pluses. Slicing vegetables with a ceramic knife is like cutting through butter. Compared to brands you’ll find at specialty kitchen stores, Harbor Freight’s ceramic knives with ergonomic rubber-coated handles are a lot less expensive yet every bit as functional.

6 In Ceramic Knife

6 In. Ceramic Chef’s Knife, item # 98186

3 in Paring Knife

3 In. Ceramic Paraing Knife, item# 98183

 

8.

Electric Meat Grinder

Is grinding your own meat really necessary? No. Nor is it necessary to enjoy the rich flavor of freshly ground beef, pork or turkey… When making hamburger patties, gourmet meatloaf or your own sausage, once your start grinding your own meat, you’ll never want to go back. The Electric Meat Grinder from Harbor Freight features a durable all-metal head and tray for regular use. It also comes with three types of grinding plates—course, medium and fine. The powerful 250 watt motor makes short work of grinding raw meats into ground treats. The Electric Meat Grinder also comes with three stuffing tubes—ideal for making sausage and other stuffed meat delectables.

Electric Meat Grinder

Electric Meat Grinder, item# 99598

 

7.

Hamburger Press

The hamburger press is one of those items you’re convinced you can live without… “I always make patties by hand.” In truth, patties formed by hand often end up looking like patties formed by hand. You can call them “artisan” burgers if you’d like but that won’t help multiple patties cook uniformly thanks to consistent thickness or have the same aesthetic appeal as well-formed patties. Simple to use with an adjustable depth, Harbor Freight’s dishwasher-safe Hamburger Press is a cooking tool that will make you the burger king! You know what we mean…

Hamburger Press

Hamburger Press (in store only), item# 44934

 

6.

Stock Pots

If you like making stew but can’t help stewing about the exorbitant cost of stainless steel stock pots, then look no further than Harbor Freight’s 4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set. The set includes 6, 8, 12 and 16 quart pots, each with a matching lid. The mirror finish of the stainless steel provides some decorative flare in the kitchen while providing the ultimate in utility when cooking up batches or your favorite sauces, chili or soups.

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4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set, item# 94829

 

5.

Fry Cutter

95% of the world’s population love French fries. The other 5% are lying. Harbor Freight carries two French fry cutters, a heavy duty version for fanatic fry frenzies and a smaller version for the occasional fry fixation. While the heavy duty version can be wall mounted and is recommended for more regular use, both are easy to use and turn potatoes into perfectly cut fries every time! Also great for other firm vegetables like turnips and beets.

heavy duty french fry cutter

Heavy Duty French Fry Cutter, item# 66473

french fry potato chopper

French Fry Potato Chopper, item# 93001

 

4.

Electric Food Slicer

Good knife skills are important but sometimes there’s no substitute for an electric food slicer. Harbor Freight’s model features a serrated stainless steel blade for producing thin slices of meat, cheese or bread. Dial the thickness from 1/16” to ½”—create a lavish party platter in no time! A sliding tray keeps hands away from the blade while the safety switch prevents accidental starts.

Electric Food Slicer

Electric Food Slicer, item# 69460

 

3.

Food Dehydrator

More and more chefs are discovering the benefits of food dehydration. The misnomer is that a dehydrator removes the flavor from food as the food dries. It’s actually the opposite. Dehydration removes the moisture which intensifies the flavor of the food. Gourmet beef jerky and fruit roll-ups are just the beginning…

food dehydrator

5 Tier Food Dehydrator, item# 66906

 

2.

Food Storage Containers

Sometimes it’s hard to say what’s better, an incredible meal or the incredible left-overs that follow. Yet, we’ve all suffered from Forgotten Leftovers Syndrome, a chronic condition of forgetting about the leftovers we have and due to improper storage, by the time we remember them, they’ve started to spoil. Harbor Freight has a cure, the 3 Piece Vacuum Preserving Container Set. Each container is microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer safe. The vacuum seal forces air out to better preserve food, plus each container features a date indicator dial to monitor freshness.

3 Piece Vacuum Preserving Container Set

3 Piece Vacuum Preserving Container Set, item# 98130

 

1.

Cast Iron Cookware

Despite all the advancements of alloys, coatings, etc., in cookware, there is simply no substitute for tried-and-true cast iron. Go from the stovetop to the oven to the campfire! Nearly indestructible, cast iron is ideal for browning meats and vegetables. Fried chicken? You’ll want a cast iron skillet! Once seasoned, cast iron is nearly as non-stick as those fancy smancy high-tech offerings on the market today which can sell for ten times the price! Harbor Freight offers 3 Piece Cast Iron Frying Pans with built-in pouring groves for a steal (pun intended). They also have a 12 In. Cast Iron Dutch Oven for soups, stews and casseroles.

Cast Iron Fyring Pans

3 Piece Cast Iron Frying Pans, item# 44707

dutch oven

12 In. Cast Iron Dutch Oven, item# 44705

 

Get things cookin’ with a visit to one of Harbor Freight’s 500 stores nationwide or visit harborfreight.com. Great meals start with great deals at Harbor Freight!

Keep Hands and Tools Clean with a Handy Paper Towel Holder

Sometimes we’re in such a hurry to get to work on a project that cleanliness can take a backseat. And aside from that, it’s often just not very convenient! Well the days of spraying down your garage with a water hose or running inside for some paper towels to clean your hands are over thanks to the Magnetic Paper Towel Holder (SKU #: 69321) from Harbor Freight Tools. It might seem like a simple addition but this handy magnetic holder can save you lots of time and frustration.

 

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All you need to mount the Magnetic Paper Towel Holder is a metal surface to stick it on. The magnets secure firmly to toolboxes, cabinets and even refrigerators for easy accessibility, and the red color matches perfectly with our glossy red U.S. General Tool Storage Units. Designed as two pieces, the holder easily accommodates any size of paper towel roll. Plus, at just $8.99, this useful tool accessory is easy to fit into any tool budget as well.

“Works perfect for a paper towel holder and with the two piece setup I can see many other uses thanks to the strong magnets. The color matches my U.S. General pro tool cart too, very nice.” – by Dan from North Yarmouth, ME

“I originally bought a set for hanging paper towels on my tool cabinet. Worked great. Then I needed a magnetic hook to hang an extension cord on. After looking everywhere with no luck, it dawned on me that I could use the paper towel holder as a hook! Perfect solution. I hung 4 of them on the side of my cabinet to hold my extension cords neatly out of the way.” – by Neat freak from San Diego, CA

That’s right. Shockingly, the Magnetic Paper Towel Holder is versatile enough to holds things other than paper towels! The only limit is your imagination! Okay, and its 2 lb. weight capacity, but the point is that this tool accessory is able to help out the busy handyman in more ways than one. Head over to your local Harbor Freight store to pick one up today and make your shop or garage both cleaner and safer.

Don’t Miss Out On This Great Frying Pan Set

The Frying Pan has become such a useful tool that it has many uses even in the cartoon world.  But even if you aren’t Bugs Bunny trying to stay one step ahead of Yosemite Sam or Elmer Fudd, this 3 Piece Cast Iron Frying Pan set from Harbor Freight Tools is great to have on hand.  Whether you’re picking up a set for yourself or as a gift, you won’t find a better set of frying pans for the money anywhere else.

These frying pans look great in any kitchen and come in three different sizes so you always have the perfect pan for any dish.  With 6”, 7-1/2”, and 10” pans included, it’s easy to cook a variety of foods evenly and easily.  And the cast iron construction means they won’t scratch or dent like copper, stainless steel, or aluminum so you can bet these non-stick pans are built to last. And even if you’re new to cooking, the dual pouring grooves keep things clean and spill-free.fryingpan

“I’ve had iron skillets for more than 30 years. I got my 1st set from my Mom when I married & she’s had her set set for more than 60 years. I’ve bought my daughters a set & now I’m buying another set for my grandson. This is an incredible price & can’t be beat.” – ASH from Parts Unknown

“I use these for everything including baking mac & cheese. Very easy to clean with a piece of steel wool. The older it gets the better it cooks :)” – Kristie Johnson from Parts Unknown

Whether you’re a novice cook or a seasoned chef, these pans are ideal.  Delicious food is just a recipe away with this great set in your kitchen.  So, pick one up today!  Or maybe two if you want to give a set as a present.  Because once you see how well these frying pans perform, you won’t be able to let them go.  And at just $15.49, you won’t need to let go of much money either!

Affordable, High-Quality Slow Cooking

With Christmas coming up, it’s time to start thinking of gifts and what you’ll be getting your friends and family.  Actually, if you’re just now starting your Christmas shopping, you should really get on it because the holiday is fast approaching!  There are some people who are easy to buy for and then there are those who aren’t so easy.  What do you get a lumberjack for instance?  Or the camping enthusiast?  Okay, campers might be easy to buy for, but what do you get the camper who has everything??  Easy.  A 12” Cast Iron Dutch Oven from Harbor Freight Tools!

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What does a Dutch Oven have to do with cutting down trees or camping, you might ask.  Have you ever chopped down trees?  It’s exhausting!  And you’re sure to build up an appetite.  And you might not find much time for cooking up a delicious meal.  Well, that’s where the Dutch Oven comes in.  Designed for long, slow cooking, this handy piece of equipment will let you prepare dinner while you’re out felling trees all day.  Roasts, stews, soups, and casseroles are easy with the Dutch Oven and with a capacity of 6 quarts, you’ll be able to make enough food to satisfy a manly hunger.  Or a womanly one.  I’m sure there are female lumberjacks out there.

But you don’t have to be an axe-wielding lumberjack or a camper to benefit from the Dutch Oven.  This cast iron pot works well in any kitchen and makes cooking simple.  No matter what you’re preparing, the Dutch Oven cooks evenly and thoroughly for an incredible, tasty meal.  Just for good measure though, here are a few insights from actual customers:

“Very good quality, heavy cast iron uniform thickness … cooks nice and even … easy to season and clean… I highly recommend if you are looking for a good cast iron pot to last a life time.” – By eshaw from Parts Unknown.

“Great “camp oven” for the price…Season well and it’s ready to roll. Used ours recently for Chicago style pizza…Fabulous! (I line the oven with parchment, works like a charm… actually, I just press the dough out onto a parchment sheet, drop the whole thing into the dutch oven, fill with toppings and bake…easy peasy!) Thickness seems uniform, heavy, love it…I’ll be picking up a second one for our other home.” – By Wild Alaskan from Kasilof, AK

Listen, if a wild Alaskan endorses it, you know it’s good!  And for just $27.99, the 12” Cast Iron Dutch Oven is as affordable as it is reliable.  So don’t let the lumberjacks feel left out this Christmas.  Pick one of these great Dutch Ovens up and keep your mountain man happy with delicious, well-cooked meals!

Harbor Freight Celebrates International Girls Day

Recently, Teddy Robertson posted on her blog:

“Surprisingly, the Flint store is very female.   Of course, you see a lot of women in Home Depot and Lowes.  They are selecting paint colors or lighting, or bathroom fixtures.  At Harbor Freight women roam the drill bit aisles.  And what’s more, women—middle-aged women—are on the floor helping them with real tools.  Maybe years back they would have worked in the shop.  Today they work at Harbor Freight.”

Today, November 14, is International Girls Day, and it’s fitting that Harbor Freight Tools takes notice. The girls have been coming to HFT in growing numbers, sharing the checkout lines with the boys, carrying miter saws and cordless drills; on the Web, you now stumble across Girl Power blogs like Pink Toes & Power Tools and Ana White, sounding the alarm that women are taking over the home DIY projects.

That being said, I’d like to submit…
10 Tools Every DIY Girl Should Own
tape measure 30 ft
  1. Pittsburgh 30 Ft. X 1″ QuikFind Tape Measure #69081 – You can never have too many tape measures around the house, and you’ll like this guy because it displays the fractions. Not to say you’re working with a dumbed-down tool, something akin to a Jitterbug cell phone, but rather something that helps determine measurements faster and more efficiently. The tape extends a long way before it falls, and you’ll appreciate the rubber-wrapped case (not that you ever drop your tape measure, right?). Heavy-duty and helpful! $4.99plier set 7 piece
  2. Pittsburgh 7-Pc. Pliers Set #69355 – Pulling, pinching, stripping, bending. You can face all manner of tasks in the home, and these babies can be invaluable. And the quality-to-price ratio is NICE! 8.9932 pc screwdriver set
  3. 32-pc. Screwdriver Set #90764 – You’ll probably put the most mileage on this set around the house as it accommodates most all domestic jobs, including a bendable snake unit that’s awesome in hard-to-get-to areas! $7.99claw hammer
  4. Pittsburgh 16 Oz. Claw Hammer With Fiberglass Handle #47872 – I’m sure you have a hammer somewhere in the house. Hammers are like tape measures; it’s good to have a few around. Whatever you do, though, invest in a nice claw hammer. It’ll do a good job driving in nails, but it';; also help you remove the bent ones if you make a mistake… which I’m sure never happens. Hammers are the great go-to’s for hanging pictures, putting together modular furniture or small woodworking projects. This fiberglass one provides a comfortable grip and less shock than the wooden ones.  $3.99 socket set 64 pc
  5. Pittsburgh 64 Piece 1/4″, 3/8″ And 1/2″ Socket Set #67995 – For nuts and bolts, and screwing in lag bolts in your beams for heavy wall-hangings and earthquake straps, putting together the tyke’s bike, or working on the car. You might think this set’s a bit overkill, but you never know when you’re going to need the odd-sized piece– and socket sets provide torque strength a mere wrench can’t come close to. $31.99torpedo level
  6. Pittsburgh 9″ Magnetic Torpedo Level #96676 – Take away the guesswork and eyeball calisthenics when trying to hang pictures or put up shelving. You’ll learn fast what a godsend this simple tool really is.  $7.99 staple gun
  7. Fasten Pro Three-Way Tacker Staple Gun Kit #96755 – For everything from craft projects to reupholstering chairs, making wood box valances, putting up plastic sheeting, running cords along the wall, window screening, and other DIY projects. Another tool you’ll love love love!  $6.99 5-drawer tool cart
  8. U.S. General Tool Cart, Five Drawer, 700 Lb. Capacity #69397 – You’ll need a place to store all of these handy tools and, take my word, you’ll outgrow a toolbox almost immediately. A larger one on rollers– like this 5-drawer favorite– is great to move around your home, craft room, studio or garage. It gives you plenty of room to organize and quickly access the tool you need when you need it!  $199.99 3-8 cordless drill 68239 19.99
  9. Drill Master 3/8″ Cordless Drill/Driver With Keyless Chuck, 18 Volt #68239 – A rechargeable drill is essential to have around for your light-to-medium DIY projects around the house. They’re light to carry and great for making holes, or using as a power screwdriver to speed up the fastening process. Got a remodeling project in your future? Get it!  $19.99 orbital palm sander 5-in
  10. Chicago Electric 5″ Random Orbital Palm Sander #69857 – If you’re restoring furniture, an old boat or other object of love, invest in an orbital sander. Great for getting a smooth finish on large surfaces, and the palm sander version gives you great control. $24.99
There are other great, handy tools for your collection that you’ll eventually want: stud finder, brad nailer, jigsaw, compound miter saw, circular saw… and Harbor Freight Tools has them all at tremendously low prices! It’s a great way to get your projects off the ground without smashing too many piggy banks.
Of course, there’s more to life than always working. As Teddy Robertson closed in her post:

“Last year toward the end of summer Dennis came home with battery powered fly swatter he’d gotten on sale for $3.99 (reg. $7.99).  We sat on the porch in a warm twilight sipping margaritas and swinging at mosquitoes.  Can’t beat Harbor Freight.”

You go, girl.

4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set

4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set

If you love to cook, you’ll love the 4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set from Harbor Freight Tools. If you hate to cook, you’ll also love the 4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set from Harbor Freight Tools. Here’s why. Open up a cookbook and you’ll notice pages of complex ingredients, multiple steps, specialty equipment… these are called “recipes” and they can get complicated! You’d think you’d need a Ph.D. in culinary linguistics and the skills of a surgeon to prepare good food these days. But alas! A stock pot recipe looks more like this:

  1. Put stock pot over heat
  2. Add food to stock pot and cook ‘til done
  3. Take food out of stock pot and serve!

Okay, maybe that’s simplifying things a bit but stock pots really are the ideal kitchen accoutrement for cooking up a large quantities of food quickly and easily. Soups, stews, chili… oh lordy, just think of the chili you can make? And guess what, today is National Men Make Dinner Day – no joke! Come on guys, this is your chance… buy your girlfriend some flowers, invite her over and cook up a romantic batch of chili. She’ll want to do the dishes, but you don’t let her, because the stainless steel stock pots clean up so easily. She stares at you in awe as you’re actually enjoying doing the dishes! As the hot, sudsy water runs down your brawny arms, her stare becomes a smoldering tempest of seduction. The fire has been ignited and what happens next can’t be spoken of here.

The 4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set from Harbor Freight Tools, a time saver, money saver and potentially a relationship stoker! Thank you Harbor Freight!

4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set
Sku #: 94829

Save Money and Lose Weight the Harbor Freight Way

Who doesn’t want to eat better and save some money doing it??  Well, with the 5 Tier Food Dehydrator from Harbor Freight Tools, you can do both easily!  This convenient and affordable unit lets you dehydrate fruits and vegetables, make your own jerky, and prepare delicious food that’s both healthy and clean from the comfort of your own kitchen.  Best of all, the dehydrator is easy to clean and fits right on your countertop for quick accessibility, even for you bachelors out there.  But whether you’re feeding yourself or the whole family, this easy-to-use dehydrator gives you a wider range of foods and healthier options.

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“I now have 5 of these affordable dehydrators and there is no question they perform with excellence. I always have at least 100 lbs. of foods to dehydrate and I’ve never been disappointed with the quality of the dehydration. I’ve done everything from apples to oranges, potatoes, onions, celery, peppers, beans, squash, pineapple, cilantro — you name it — even tomato sauce and watermelon. I have never had trays fall apart or the units burn out. When the crops are in, all those dehydrators are going 24/7 and the result is perfect. Thank you Harbor Freight, and my family thanks you as well!! You helped me do the job and stay within my budget!!” – by My Kitchen from Dallas, Tx

“Around here I do a lot of dehydrating, and the first thing I noticed about this dehydrator was how quiet it is when it’s working. It does an excellent job and actually completes the dehydrating quicker on a lot of foods. Right now I use two of these dehydrators and need two more for all the dehydrating I do so I’m really watching the Harbor ads for a sale again on these dehydrators. Thank you Harbor Freight!!” – by Beth

Just think of all the fun you’ll have creating your very own jerky and keeping delicious, healthy snacks on hand instead of munching on salty, sugary foods.  And at just $21.99 a unit, this dehydrator will pay for itself in no time.  Of course, you won’t just be saving on money but on pounds and calories too!

The Makings of the Perfect French Fry

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Sacré bleu!  It’s Tour de France Month!

And what better way to celebrate this time-honored, performance-enhancing event than to promenade to your local Harbor Freight Tools and se procurer one of their incredibly magnifique Heavy-Duty French Fry Cutters?

This french fry cutter has two pushing blocks and two cutting frames to make thick and thin-cut fries! Designed to be wall mounted (in fact, for best performance I recommend it), it’s effective for cutting other vegetables as well!  If you’re into making foods like vegetable tempura or just a veggie tray for a party, you could also run carrots, jicama and such through this, or get creative and make fries out of something besides potatoes. Mon dieu! The possibilities! Get restaurant results right at home with this amazing french fry cutter! And with the comparative price of a bag of potatoes versus frozen pre-cut fries, this pays for itself pretty quickly. Only $29.99 at Harbor Freight Tools– and don’t forget to clip your 20% Off Coupon for even greater savings!

Naturally, there is the issue of cooking the perfect french fry. Bonne chance, mon ami! Not to fear, I’ve got the recipe for you. In fact, it’s called “The Recipe for the Perfect French Fry,” so look no further. Here it is:

  1. Cut raw potatoes into french fries with your Harbor Freight Tools Heavy-Duty French Fry Cutter.
  2. Heat up a pan of peanut oil and throw in the potatoes, only cooking them 25% (flash fry, or blanch).
  3. Put the partially-cooked french fries in the freezer.
  4. Finish frying the now-frozen potatoes when you’re ready to eat.

Bon appétit!

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On a final thought, I stumbled on this YouTube video someone put together for the French Fry Cutter. I couldn’t resist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBIQ46Q9x3Y