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About HIC, Harold Import Co.

Each and every day at HIC, Harold Import Co., we aim to bring you the best gourmet kitchen supplies, kitchen tools and gadgets, and food preparation equipment at the most affordable prices. This has been our mission since day one and it’s at the very heart of our family-run business. Contact us at www.haroldimport.com, follow @HaroldImportCo or connect with us at www.facebook.com/haroldimportcompany

Candy Time with HIC

As Halloween approaches (and more holidays are the horizon), sweet treats are on our minds. Make the celebration a bit more special by making your own chocolates. Our silicone molds come in various shapes, and because they are freezer, microwave and oven safe, you can us them to create delicious confections, baked goods, and even ice!

Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Triple Chocolate Bar Mold is exactly what you need to make three delicious chocolate bars. Make, white, dark or milk – and add some nuts or crushed Oreos for truly special results. The tray measures 8.66″ x 6.3″; fFinished bars each measure 5.5″ x 1.25″ x .25″.

Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Silicone Cordial Cup Chocolate Mold is perfect for homemade peanut butter cups, or any filled chocolates. The mold creates 18 cordial shapes, so in addition to making chocolate, you can create butter or spreads in the molds. Each cordial measures 1” X 1” X 0.75” deep. Safe for use in freezer and oven (-67-degrees Fahrenheit to 460-degrees Fahrenheit), microwave and dishwasher.

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HIC also features a wide variety of silicone ice tray molds, which are perfect for baking and candy making. All are made from silicone that is FDA approved, and safe for freezer, microwave, oven and dishwasher.

The HIC Kitchen Mermaid Ice Tray, makes 6 tail-shaped confections, each measuring 2″ X 7/8″.

HIC Kitchen Unicorn Ice Tray, makes 10 unicorn shaped treats — perfect for candy, brownies, juice, and even crafting.

HIC Kitchen Duck Ice Tray will make 12 goodies in a cute duck shape.

Head on over to HIC — Harold Import Company website for all your cooking and baking needs. You can’t have a kitchen without HIC.

The Kitchen Thermometer

Using a thermometer in the kitchen is the most reliable way to ensure maximum food safety and the best results. Unfortunately, most home chefs only think about using a thermometer when the holidays come around – when checking the internal temperature of the turkey or holiday roast, or when preparing their homemade holiday candies. But the thermometer has so many uses throughout the kitchen, from ensuring your meat reaches a safe temperature for consumption, to measuring temperature inside the oven for maximum baking results, that the kitchen thermometer is something that should be used all year round. 

HIC – Harold Import Company offers a range of thermometers to suit your needs from analog to digital, and from candy, to meat, to appliance thermometers.

Our all-purpose thermometer is designed with a large face for easy reading.

A good all-purpose thermometer, available in either analog or digital versions, provides a range of temperatures allowing you to use if for measuring temperature when baking or cooking meat and poultry. HIC Kitchen’s Instant Read Large Face Analog Thermometer features a large shatterproof face, easy calibration, and antimicrobial sheath with a safe temperature guide. The probe is made from stainless steel, and is designed to instantly read temperatures from  20-220-degrees Fahrenheit. 

A Candy Thermometer, also known as a deep-fry thermometer,  is used to measure the stage of cooking a sugar solution. Because it is essential that the user keep a constant eye on the temperature, our version features large digits for easy reading. The HIC Candy/Deep Fry Thermometer easily clips to the pan for hands-free use, and reads temperatures from 100 to 390-degrees Fahrenheit, making it perfect for deep frying doughnuts, French fries, fish, chicken, candy making, jelly, and more.

HIC Kitchen’s Folding Digital Meat Thermometer features an LCD display with 5-second response time, so you’ll know internal temperature instantly in either Fahrenheit or Celsius. The unit allows for adjustable angles for easier access and use, and is customizable in 7 languages, with 7 preset doneness levels plus 1 user setting, along with a target temperature alert beep. 

HIC Kitchen’s Oven Thermometer accurately reads, and helps regulate, oven temperatures to ensure precision in cooking and proper food safety. Made from stainless steel, the large 2.5-inch easy-read face measures from 100 to 600-degrees Fahrenheit and can hang or stand for easy placement in ovens, charcoal or gas grills, BBQ smokers, and rotisseries. Measures in Fahrenheit and Celsius.

HIC – Harold Import Company offers a wide variety of timers – from pop-up disposable timers to digital instant-read thermometers. Visit our website to view the assortment of thermometers for your individual needs.

Fall Season Baking: Donuts

We love donuts all year round, but when Fall season arrives, we really kick things into gear. That’s because apple cider donuts are all the rage, and our Mrs. Anderson’s Donut Baking Pan make preparing them so easy. The cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple cider are definitely fall flavors all wrapped up in a sweet donut. Enjoy our Apple Cider Donut recipe featuring the autumn-inspired flavors you’re craving.

  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups apple cider, reduced to 3/4 cup
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch salt

For Topping

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray, or brush with melted butter.

Pour apple cider in saucepan and simmer on low-medium for 15-20 minutes, or until the cider reduces to 3/4 cup. Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

In a separate bowl, mix the melted butter and sugars together. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir until combined. Add buttermilk and apple cider, combine until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated — do not over mix, otherwise donuts will be tough.

Spoon batter into doughnut wells. (Or, spoon into pastry bag not fitted with a tip, snip end and squeeze into doughnut wells.)

Bake 14-15 minutes, or until tops are firm and doughnut springs back slightly. Allow doughnuts to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove and place on wire rack.

While they are cooling, prepare topping.

In a small bowl, melt butter in microwave and set aside.

In another bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar.

When they are still warm to the touch, dip the top of the doughnut in the melted butter, then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture.

Mrs. Anderson’s 6-Cup Donut Baking Pan is for making homemade doughnuts with quick food release and easy cleanup. Made of professional-quality carbon steel with a premium quick-release, non-stick coating for uniform baking. Makes 6 donuts, and is heat safe to 480-degrees F.

Home Brewing with HIC

Whether you’re looking to survive a pandemic, or just reinvigorate your at-home morning brew ritual, there are a variety of ways to brew at home. Read on to see what HIC – Harold Import Company has to offer.

A classic way to prepare coffee, our Ilsa Neapolitan Coffee Maker (6 cup) brings this traditional method of brewing, right to your home. Simply add water to the base, add ground coffee beans to the basket and place unit on stovetop burner. When the water boils, turn off the heat and flip the pot upside down, holding both handles securely. Using gravity, the hot water is pulled through the filter. The process results in an intense, round taste to the cup.

HIC s Pour-Over Coffee Maker produces consistent, rich quality and distinctly flavorful results. The high-heat borosilicate glass carafe comes with bamboo handle and stainless steel collar. The reusable coffee filter, with fine-mesh liner, allows flavorful coffee oil to infuse the brew, while trapping sediment. Water levels marked on the carafe ensure a precise coffee-to-water ratio. The set includes borosilicate glass carafe, reusable stainless steel coffee filter and handy coffee measure.

Aerolatte’s Porcellana Espresso Coffee Maker is for brewing on all stove tops, except induction, and serving a perfect cup of espresso. Made from fine porcelain and aluminum for proper heat transfer, the unique split design separates pot from the base for easy serving. Simply add water to boiling chamber, spoon coffee into the filter, secure closed and place over low flame to brew.

HIC’s 9-Cup Percolator makes fresh authentically perked coffee on the stovetop without the use of electricity. Made from 18/8 stainless steel, water levels are clearly marked inside for easy measuring. To prepare coffee, measure in cold water, place basket and stem inside, measure in ground coffee, cover and bring to a boil. Perk until desired strength is achieved.

From cover makers to cups, HIC offers a range of kitchen tools and accessories for brewing at home. Head on over to our website to see all that we have available.

Dress the Table with Whiteware All Year Long

Dress up your table with whiteware from HIC–Harold Import Company.

It doesn’t matter if it’s after Labor Day, white is still in fashion, especially on the table. White tableware a perfect complement to the table all year round. Whether it is a soufflé or pork tenderloin, our porcelain whiteware comes in a variety of shapes and sizes allowing you to prepare just about anything you would like. Go all white, or add some whiteware as an accent to your collection – it transitions beautifully from casual to formal settings, and is a durable choice throughout the year.

Our oven-to-table porcelain whiteware features a heavy glaze that is scratch resistant. The durability and versatility takes these items from the fridge or freezer to the microwave or conventional oven, without risking cracks.

HIC’s Souffle Ramekins are for baking and serving appetizers, casseroles, entrees, desserts and single-serving recipes – even serving condiments. Available in several sizes.

HIC’s Round Quiche Dish is for making quiche, appetizers, casseroles, entrees, desserts and other family favorite recipes. Specially designed for oven and broiler (to 500-degrees Fahrenheit), the beautifully fluted edges bake decorative quiche. This classic design is ideal for everyday use and entertaining. And, it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

HIC’s Lasagna Pan transitions beautifully from oven to table. This durable and versatile baking dish is perfect for lasagna, cakes, casseroles and quiche, roasting and serving veggies, and more. The generous depth supports layered recipes, and the easy-hold handles provide a comfortable grip and secure transfer in and out of the oven. 

This beautiful whiteware Kitchen Platter is the perfect choice for serving everything from breakfast croissants to veggies to desserts. Measuring 9.5 x 14”, the porcelain plate is durable for use through the years. 

Our classic French Onion Soup Crocks are specially designed for baking, broiling, serving and enjoying French onion soup and other favorites. The sturdy handle is designed for secure maneuvering in and out of the oven or broiler. Perfect for individual portions of chowder, chili, sew, mac and cheese, pot pie, pudding and more! The set includes 4 (14-ounce) soup crocks with matching lids.

Head on over to our website to view our expansive collection of whiteware.

Pizza Night: More Cheese Please!

Pizza night is a great way to connect with family and friends – a wonderful tradition that is made even better with homemade pizza. HIC–Harold Impost Company offers a wide selection of pizza prep and serve tools that are essential for making your pizza night memorable. This Friday is National Cheese Pizza Day, and while mozzarella may be the most popular cheese for topping pizza, followed by provolone, there are many options that can transform your next pizza night. 

Here are a few of our kitchen tools and gadgets that will help you make the most of your cheese pizza celebration. 

HIC’s Pizza Stone is for baking perfectly crisp pizza, flatbread, sourdough and scones, or reheating leftover pizza without soggy, doughy, or burnt spots.

  • Made from natural, food-safe ceramic stoneware
  • Heat resistant to 480-degrees Fahrenheit
  • Absorbs moisture to eliminate soggy crust
  • Distributes heat evenly for uniform browning
  • Contoured rack safely transports hot stone to serve pizza
  • Safe for gas, electric, convection, microwave oven, and on the grill

Fantes Uncle Tony’s Classic Pizza Cutter is the fastest and easiest way to cut pizza slices in seconds!

  • Made from Japanese stainless steel with a plastic handle
  • 3.75-inch blade
  • Works left- or right-handed
  • Larger wheel rolls easily to cut through pizza crusts of all thicknesses
  • Thumb rest allows for a secure grip and finger guard protects hands from cuts

Fantes Cousin Serafina’s Micro-Textured Pizza Pan features a naturally stick-resistant surface for making homemade pizza recipes.

  • Made from solid, heavyweight 18/10 stainless steel that is more durable than other metal pizza pans – and will not rust
  • The unique texture is stamped directly into the pan to create a naturally stick-resistant surface for easy food release without chemicals or non-stick coatings
  • Cooking utensils won’t damage or compromise the nonstick pan
  • Made in Italy
  • The 13 x 1.25-inch pan is dishwasher safe 
  • Fante’s family recipe and instructions included

Fantes Cousin Nico’s Suction-Base Cheese Grater is for grating cheeses, nuts, breadcrumbs and chocolates and shredding vegetables.

  • Suction base grips clean, smooth surfaces securely for effortless operation
  • Easy to use, simply insert food into the hopper and turn handle to grate or shred. Use the safety pusher to guide food through the grater
  • Includes Suction-Base Grater, 2 stainless steel drums (1 for finely grated, the other coarsely grated), and a safety pusher
  • Easy to clean with warm, soapy water

HIC’s Classic Box Kitchen Grater is ideal for grating, slicing and shredding cheeses, vegetables, nutmeg, onions, garlic, chocolate and more.

  • Made from stainless steel, the sharp cutting surfaces are for fine, medium and coarse grating
  • The 4-Sided grating surfaces features: straight cuts, 0.25-inch shredder holes, 0.13-inch shredder holes and a very fine grating surface for harder cheeses and nutmeg
  • Handle affords a firm grip for smooth functionality and provides stability
  • Measures 9.25-inches top to bottom and approximately 4.25-inches x 3.5-inches across

Protect against sharp and abrasive objects, such as cheese graters, with Cutlery Pro Mesh Cutting Glove, Medium.

  • Certified ASTM ANSI Level 5, the highest level of safety available
  • European LFGB food safe certified
  • Unbeatable cut resistance with a strength-to-weight ratio that is 15 times greater than steel
  • Made from high-performance 1000D polyethylene (HPPE) string at 10 gauge string knits
  • Blended with basalt fiber and spandex for ultimate protection, breathability, and dexterity
  • Elasticized wrists for comfortable fit
  • Fits most hand sizes
  • Hand wash and air dry

Pizza Night is a tradition that is made easier to enjoy with HIC–Harold Import Company. Head on over to our website for more great kitchen tools and gadgets and start making memories in the kitchen.

Oyster Love

For many, the allure of raw oysters is hard to beat. They’re briny, buttery, and sometimes sweet, with their taste varying according to the conditions of the water in which they live. With oyster season approaching, now is the time to stock up on all the great items from HIC that will make the most of oyster enjoyment, whether you’ll be preparing them roasted on the grill, broiled, served raw, or in a stew.

HIC Kitchen Oyster Plate (NT301) is the perfect plate for serving oysters raw, baked or broiled. HIC fine white porcelain performs beautifully in the oven, broiler, freezer and table. It is also dishwasher safe. The 9″ plate cradles 6 oysters in the half shell, and recessed center holds lemon or dip for enjoyment.

Maine Man Oyster Knife is for prying open and removing delicate meat from shells. Made from extra sturdy 2.0mm thick 18/8 stainless steel with ABS. The knife measures 7-inches long and features a pointed blade with tapered edge for added precision. The contoured grip provides leverage, even when hands are wet, and the safety guard protects hands. Dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

HIC Oyster Forks are for serving and enjoying oysters, clams, mussels, and other seafood on the half-shell. Made in Japan from 18/8 stainless steel, the attractive 3 prong fork with wider splayed tips easily pick up oysters. Extra-wide left tine offers more leverage to separate oysters from their shell. Great for appetizers, finger foods, small bites and tapas, the forks work for =everyday meals and special occasions.

Head on over to the HIC website for more great seafood tools.

Fortune Cookie Fun!

Ahh, the fortune cookie! This crisp and slightly sugary cookie has been delighting Chinese restaurant goers for nearly a century. Several theories abound as where the fortune cookie originated — some say the Japanese, others California — but without a doubt, they were popularized in the US in the early 1900s, and from that time on, these amusing and clever treats took off. Today, they are ubiquitous in Chinese restaurants throughout the country.

If you ever find yourself wandering the streets of San Francisco, you can pop into the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company, where since 1962 they have been making custom fortune cookies by hand. While there, you can even try your hand at forming the cookies.

But, if you can’t make it to San Francisco, why not make your own fortune cookies right in your own kitchen with Helen Chen’s Fortune Cookie Maker. With our fun set, you can bake and create homemade fortune cookies with personalized fortunes, fun sentiments or quotes. The set includes everything you need to bake and form the cookies.

What’s included:

  • Nonstick silicone baking mat for quick food release and even heat transfer. The mat features permanent guidelines to remove any guesswork when forming full size and mini cookies.
  • Fortune cookie form 
  • Cookie holder with 4 cooling cups 
  • Complete instructions and a recipe
  • Helen Chen’s Fortune Cookie Maker Kit is compact and easy to store. 
  • Silicone baking mat is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Hand wash cookie holder in warm, soapy water.

To make the cookies:

  • Spread the batter on the mat and bake. 
  • Working quickly, add the fortune and fold the cookie in half.
  • Drape the cookie’s folded edge over the forming bar and bend it into shape.
  • Place the formed cookie, pointed ends down, into the cooling cup.

* Because the baked cookies set quickly as they cool, working in small batches is ideal.

The process is fun for the entire family, and is perfect for using as party favors, place cards at birthdays, graduations, engagements, weddings, or for everyday mealtime fun. Find out more about our Helen Chen’s Fortune Cookie Maker Set, here.

Preserve the Season’s Bounty with HIC

Summer is in full swing, and home gardens and markets are bursting with the bounty of seasonal fruits and vegetables. From tomatoes, beans and peas to peaches, cherries and beyond, it’s time to prepare for canning season so you can enjoy the fresh flavor of summer all year long. 

Check out some of our canning essentials so you can preserve them at the height of freshness with HIC, Harold Import Co.

Mrs. Anderson’s Deluxe Cherry Pitter quickly and easily removes pits without bruising or crushing cherries (and olives) for less waste and mess. The sturdy and durable pitter features an automatic feed tray for rapid and efficient removal of pits. A powerful suction base securely attaches to any smooth surface. Easy to use, simply fill automatic feed tray with cherries, and press plunger to extract pit. A bowl catches pitted cherries and the catch bin collects the pits. Perfect for canning, freezing, dehydrating, and baking.

HIC’s Home Canning Supplies Kit includes all the essentials for canning the flavors of the season. The set includes a Canning Funnel for transferring liquids and dry goods into dispensers and storage containers effortless with less mess. The Canning Jar Lifter holds canning jars securely for filling, lifting and transporting. A Canning Jar Wrench is for easily tightening lids, and the versatile Tongs aid when canning your tomatoes, salsa, pickles, peaches and more. The Magnetic Canning Lid Wand securely lifts and transports metal canning jar lids to keep hands safely away from heat.

HIC’s Magnetic Canning Lid Wand is for secure lifting and transporting of metal canning jar lids to keep hands safely away from heat. Made with a sturdy magnet and square plastic handle for secure grip and effortless control. Lifts all sizes of metal canning lids safely to cover small glass jars, jelly jars, standard-sized and larger mason jars.

HIC’s Canning Funnel makes transferring liquids and dry goods into dispensers and storage containers effortless with less mess. Made from 18/8 Stainless Steel, the funnel is lightweight and strong and will never rust. Wide opening for easier pouring with less mess.

HIC s Food Mill processes foods and removes seeds, skins and other fibrous bulk for smoother, creamier textures with an even consistency. Made from 18/8 stainless steel for durability, the funnel won’t rust or transfer flavors. To use, simply insert the disc, then place blanched food in the millbasket and turn the handle to force the food through the disc, directly into a bowl. Perfect for fresh pasta sauce, creamed soups, applesauce, mashed potatoes, fresh pea or parsnip puree, homemade baby food, and more.

Mrs. Anderson’s Apple Peeling Machine peels, cores and slices apples simultaneously in just seconds with an easy turn of the handle. Made from heavyweight aluminum with a powerful suction base, the enclosed C-clamp secures to porous surfaces. 

Visit www.HaroldImport.com for more kitchen tools and gadgets for canning the best of the season.

Summer Cocktails

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with summer.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Summertime definitely brings new beginnings as we look forward to the warmth, the relaxation, and the time spent in the great outdoors with friends and family. 

When weather heats up, refreshing summer cocktails (and mocktails) are the perfect way to enjoy the season. Enjoy a bit of recipe inspiration for entertaining or to simply on a hot weekend afternoon in the backyard with your feet in the pool.

Disaronno Mule

  • 1-1/2 oz. Disaronno
  • ¾ oz fresh pressed lime juice
  • Ginger beer
  • Ginger & Lime slice

Pour Disaronno and Lime juice over ice in a mule cup and top with ginger beer. Garnish with freshly grated ginger and a lime slice

Pisco Punch

  • 2 oz. Pisco
  • 1 oz. pineapple cordial
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. Lillet Rouge
  • Dash of aromatic bitters
  • Expressed orange peel for garnish

Pour liquid into a mixing glass, add ice, shake vigorously, finely strain into a cocktail goblet 

Recipe from Drinking in Devil’s Acre, by Duggan McDonnell

Blackberry and Cabernet Caipirinha

  • 6 lime slices
  • 2 orange slices
  • 3 blackberries
  • 2 oz. cachaça
  • 1 oz. California Cabernet
  • 1 oz. cocktail syrup

Muddle the produce in a mixing glass, then pour in the liquid, add ice, and shake vigorously. Pour into a large glass and stir.

Recipe from Drinking in Devil’s Acre, by Duggan McDonnell

Mix, Stir and Drink It Up with HIC

With HIC’s barware, preparing and enjoying summer cocktails (or mocktails) is simple, stylish, and refreshing. Here are a few classic cocktail accessories for your summertime enjoyment.

HIC’s Hammered Cocktail Mug is the perfect container for enjoying a classic Moscow Mule, Mint Julep, Dark and Stormy, or Cuba Libre. Made from copper-plated 18/8 stainless steel, the 16-ounce mug features a hammered surface with a contrasting handle with thumb rest for secure grip.

HIC Stainless Steel Muddler is designed to mash and crush fruits, spices and herbs to infuse your favorite beverages and cocktails. The rounded handle allows for a comfortable grip, and the textured end easily extrudes juice and essential oils from fruits and herbs. Made of FDA-approved stainless steel and polypropylene. Dishwasher safe for easy clean-up.

The World’s Greatest 4-in-1 Bar Tool is THE multi-functional tool you need for preparing your favorite beverages. Crafted from Japanese stainless steel with BPA-free plastic, the bar tool is a bottle opener, fruit and vegetable peeler, potato eye remover and channel knife for decorative garnishes. 

HIC Cocktail Mixing Spoon is just the spoon you need for reaching into bottom of taller glasses and pitchers. The twisted design in the handle also assists in building layered drinks. Perfect for sweetening iced tea or blending in infusions of muddles fruits, spices and herbs, elevating party drinks and cocktails to new heights.

Visit HaroldImport.com for more great ideas on summer entertaining.

Enjoying the Best of Berry Season

Berry season is peaking and there are so many ways to enjoy these nutritious and delicious fruits. Transform the naturally sweet and healthy berries into delicious snacks, desserts and even dinners, with HIC. Here are a few tools to make the most of berries this season.

HIC’s Collapsible Silicone Colander  has a 1.5-quart capacity and is ideal for draining, rinsing and washing produce. The footed base allows it to sit securely in the sink while rinsing.  The collapsible design makes for easy, space-saving storage.

HIC Kitchen’s Berry Fresh Produce Box is ideal for washing, draining, and storing berries to stay fresh longer in the fridge. It is available in two sizes, 1 liter in red, and half pint in blue. The boxes feature a perforated lid and vented box bottom, which drains washed produce and circulates fresh air. The textured insert elevates produce above liquids for longer freshness

Quickly and easily cut uniform slices of fruits using The World’s Greatest Handy Dandy Slicer.  The spring-loaded action allows for easy, repetitive slicing, and can be used for a variety of soft foods, including veggies and hard-boiled eggs.

HIC’s Strawberry Slicer is a cute and compact tool used to quickly cut uniform slices that look and taste great. Made with stainless steel and ABS plastic.

Mrs. Anderson’s Easy-As-Pie Pie Plate is a beautiful ceramic pie plate with wide, scalloped rim for secure handling in and out of the oven. The scratch-free glaze is durable and resists staining, odors and cracking, and the pie plate is sized perfectly to work with Mrs. Anderson’s 10-inch Pie Crust Shield.

For more great products to store, prepare and serve the bounty of the season, visit wwwHaroldImport.com.

June 15th is National Lobster Day: Get Cracking with HIC

There’s nothing like the summer and lobster combination, especially in New England!

Whether it’s grilled lobster, lobster pasta, lobster rolls, or a delicious salad, tie on a bib and get cracking with HIC. We’ve a collection of the tools you need to properly enjoy lobster on National Lobster Day, June 15th, and throughout this summer. Here are a few essentials to get you through the season.

Please Pass the Butter!

The Maine Man Butter Warmer is perfect for dipping your lobster. Made of ceramic, the durable warmer is an essential for anyone who loves lobster!

Get Every Bit of Meat

Maine Man Seafood Shears are a great tool to access the meat in the tail as well as to extract the meat from the knuckle or legs. 

Easily reach every bit of meat with the Seafood Picks (#71000). The rounded scoop separates the meat from the shell, and the prongs easily remove it. Then, once it’s out, use for dipping the fresh cooked meat in butter.

Lobster Cracker

With its sawtooth edge, the Lobster Cracker (#71006) easily cracks open seafood shells of various sizes. The spring-action hinge makes for quick cracking, and the silicone soft-touch grip is slip free. 

From the Pot

Tongs are a helpful tool to help remove lobster from the pot. To do so, carefully clasp the lobster at the center of the body and lift out of pot. Hold over the pot to drain excess water. Use a kitchen towel, and using other hand, place under the lobster’s body and transport.

Our Cutlery Pro Tongs, 16”, feature a silicone handle for securely gripping, lifting, turning, and draining cooking liquids from foods. Made from stainless steel, the tong’s scalloped grips ensures safe transfer.

Stay Clean

Maine Man Seafood’s Lobster Bibs keep clothes clean while eating messy foods like lobster.

Check out our Maine Man Seafood essentials for enjoying all kinds of seafood this summer from lobster to crab and beyond.

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Kids in the Kitchen

Kids and the kitchen go hand in hand. Not only does it create interest in food and cooking, but it cultivates a habit that will last a lifetime. The benefits of bringing your children into the kitchen are far reaching, including boosting their confidence and self-esteem, improving their comprehension and reading skills, all the while building math skills. AND, you also get to spend quality time together!

See all that Mrs. Anderson’s Baking has to offer, and starting cultivating that habit with your children.

The Mrs. Anderson’s Kids Baking Set (22048) includes all the perfectly sized essentials needed for budding chefs to bake at home. The 14-piece set is made from high-quality professional materials, including LFGB and FDA-approved silicone, BPA-free polypropylene, and stainless steel. This colorful set includes rolling pin, 6 muffin cups, fluted pan, 2 spatulas, 3 cookie cutters and a stainless steel mini whisk. All tools are dishwasher safe.

Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Animal Cookie Cutter Set (93273) features four animals, a bear, unicorn, dinosaur, and llama, for a fun new twist on traditional animal cookie shapes. The spring-action handle easily embosses the design onto the dough then releases the cutouts.

For a traditional animal cracker/cookie, try the Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Animal Cracker Cookie Set (#93249). Enjoy making giraffes, lions, zebras and elephants with your little one, for a fun trip to the zoo. The set of four cutters comes packaged with a shortbread recipe.

You may have seen the recent social media post from Chrissy Teigen, as her son enjoys making cookies with this set. She is heard saying ” Honestly, this is one of the coolest cookie cutter sets I’ve ever seen.”

Bite-sized brownies are easily baked in the Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Brownie Pan (43877). The European-grade silicone is strong, flexible and durable, maintaining its original shape and nonstick qualities through more uses. Use it to make 24 bite-sized brownies, cupcakes, gelatins, candies and more. Safe for use in the freezer, microwave and oven (to 500 degrees Fahrenheit). Dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

When you introduce your children to the kitchen, you’ll quickly build their interest in food and cooking. Spend time together in the kitchen with Mrs. Anderson’s Baking. 

Visit HIC, Harold Import Co. for more inspiration.

The Perfect Burger with HIC

The official start of grilling season is upon us. To ensure you are ready to prepare one of the top grilling favorites, the burger, HIC, Harold Import Co. has just the right tools.

Break out the grills and learn how best to prepare your patties, and your fries, for a perfect meal.

Here are a few tips for great tasting burgers.

  • You want your burgers juicy, so don’t go too lean. Choose your standard ground beef with 20% fat.
  • Add flavorings – onions, garlic, herbs and spices, but hold off on the salt at this point, as it will draw out the moisture.
  • Bind it together with an egg and some breadcrumbs.
  • Shape it using the HIC Burger Press.
  • Chill the burgers for an hour or more. This will help them keep their shape when cooking.
  • Plop them on the grill, and cook to your desired doneness. You can sprinkle them with salt while cooking – and, don’t forget to add cheese!

Check out these essential tools to create a

delicious burger feast with HIC. 

Our quarter pound burger press helps you quickly form burger patties that are uniform in thickness so they cook evenly throughout, AND they’re perfectly sized for your buns. So versatile, the HIC Burger Press can be used for any type of patties – beef, turkey, chicken, sausage or veggie. They are also great to use when preparing quinoa cakes and even individual hash browns!

For the perfect French fries, the HIC French Fry Potato Cutter cuts uniformly sized pieces so they cook evenly.  The cutter is designed to give you the ability to make thick cut or shoestring fried potatoes (or julienned veggies).

You can then serve them up in HIC’s French Fry Basket. They’re just the right size for individual portions, served up as if you’re in a restaurant.

Round out your barbecue with delicious corn on the cob. HIC’s Corn Dishes are perfect for serving buttery sweet corn on the cob. The deeply curved shape cradles the cob, keeping them from rolling away, while containing butter. Perfect for effortless indoor and outdoor entertaining.

For more grilling inspiration this barbecue season, visit HIC, Harold Import Co.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with HIC

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Cinco de May is a day celebrated mainly in the Puebla State of Mexico, where it commemorates the day the Mexican army defeated France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While it may be considered a minor holiday in Mexico, here in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is more about celebrating Mexican heritage and culture. And one of the many ways to do that is through food and drink.

This Cinco de Mayo, make a feast to remember with all the right essential tools from HIC.

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Tacos are very versatile – from store-bought crispy corn taco shells to flour and corn tortillas. For the truly adventurist, there are those who make their tortillas at home! HIC’s Tortilla Press is a great way to make homemade tortillas into consistent thickness. The heavyweight aluminum press has a sturdy handle for easily creating tortillas for tacos and wraps.

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To create, simply line the press with plastic wrap, add the dough and flatten slightly with your hands. Close the press and apply pressure with the handle to flatten the dough into griddle-ready 6” rounds.

 

 


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One of those favorite tools you thought you’d never need (until you try it), is the Taco Shovel. It is designed to make cooking, scooping, and transporting taco fixings to fill shells faster than using a spoon – and, with less mess. The contoured shovel, which is made from FDA-approved silicone, has ample scooping surface to easily pick up and deliver your fixings exactly where they’re needed. Heat safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

 


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The taco salad may have originated in Texas in the 1960s, but it’s Tex-Mex flavors make it a wonderful option for Cinco de Mayo. You can bring this restaurant favorite to your home with the HIC Tortilla Bowl Maker.

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The professional-quality carbon steel pan comes with a nonstick-coating that aids in removal of tortilla once baked. Fill with a delicious taco salad fixings, with chili, party dips, salsa, or an enchilada casserole.

 

 


 

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Easily fill crispy taco shells for a crowd with the HIC Taco Rack, Six Shooter Chef Series. Designed for warming, baking, grilling, filling and serving hard shells up to 7”. Made from 18/8 stainless steel, the rack is safe for use on direct heat. Fill the rack with empty shells, bake 5-7 minutes, then fill shells with meat, cheese, and return to oven until the cheese is melted.

Get the party started with HIC! Visit www.haroldimport.com for more great ideas and essential cooking tools needed to keep you cooking!

Support Culinary Futures

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For more than a decade, the Chicago Culinary Futures Event has brought together countless housewares industry professionals in Chicago for the annual Inspired Home show, to support the cause of providing underserved youth the opportunity to prepare for college and careers in culinary arts, and beyond. From 2008 – 2019, the housewares industry support has ensured Chicago-area students were awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships.

With the unfortunate cancellation of this year’s Chicago Culinary Futures Event, which was to benefit the Hospitality Scholars Foundation, Inc. of Chicago (HSF), we are asking for your continued support.

Three Ways to Support Culinary Futures

1. Donate To Culinary Futures in Support of HSF

In 2020, HIC continues to support the Culinary Futures program through a new partnership with Chicago-based the Hospitality Scholars Foundation (HSF), a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit that empowers Chicagoland Youth to reach their fullest potential in education and career success, focusing on the areas of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management.
With the cancellation of our major 2020 fundraiser, we ask the industry to continue it’s legacy of giving.

Donate directly to the Culinary Futures Benefit HERE.

Or, you can text to donate. Simply, Text 44-321 with the following message CFHSF20

2. Participate in the Culinary Futures Online Auction

The event may have been cancelled, but our Chicagoland HSF youth still need your support! We hope we can count on you.
That’s why our amazing Culinary Futures Silent Auction is now online! Bidders will have the opportunity to bid on all items that were available for our event’s Silent Auction from March 30, 2020 to April 13, 2020. Items are local, and can be shipped.

Start Bidding today, and support the youth of Chicagoland! Bid HERE.

 

3. Support Millie’s Camp Summer Program

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Not only does HIC help raise money at the popular Culinary Futures events, HIC’s support for these students continues throughout the year. In the summer of 2019, HIC joined together with HSF for the first annual Millie’s Camp, a camp created to inspire underserved youth to learn about culinary arts and hospitality management. Twenty-five students from throughout the Chicagoland public school system participated. You can support our 2020 efforts below.Not only does HIC help raise money at the popular Culinary Futures events, HIC’s support for these students continues throughout the year. In the summer of 2019, HIC joined together with HSF for the first annual Millie’s Camp, a camp created to inspire underserved youth to learn about culinary arts and hospitality management. Twenty-five students from throughout the Chicagoland public school system participated. You can support our 2020 efforts HERE.

A Clean Kitchen with HIC

As we make our way through January, our resolutions help us make a fresh new start to the year. If you’re looking to change up your routine in the kitchen – preparing new recipes, updating your gadget collection, or pledging to keep your kitchen cleaner, HIC, Harold Import Co. has just what you need.

When it comes to a clean kitchen, just a few minutes a day will help ensure the task isn’t overwhelming. From countertops and cutting boards, to coffee makers and the garbage disposal, HIC offers a range of kitchen-cleaning tools that will make your daily clean go more smoothly and ensure your kitchen is ready for the next round of meal prep.

Cleans Produce and Pans

HIC’s Natural Bristle Vegetable and Dish Brush is the choice for scrubbing fresh produce, dishes, pots and pans, and more. Made from natural Tampico bristles with a wooden handle, the scrubber is tough on dirt yet gentle on delicate surfaces. The deep bristles remove stuck on food and grime, and the brush is even safe for nonstick cookware. Measures 2.5” X 2.5”.

Clean Your Disposer

No one will deny that there are a lot of stinky things in the kitchen, and that’s why Plink Garbage Disposer Cleaner and Deodorizer is a kitchen essential. Just one little Plink helps clean the disposer, remove buildup, unclog and deodorize without any phosphates, bleach, or scrubbing. Proudly made in America, the non-toxic, biodegradable Plink Garbage Disposer Cleaner breaks up fat and food particles to unclog disposals and freshen the entire kitchen in 15 seconds without any scrubbing. Plink is safe for plumbing and septic, and is available in a variety of fresh scents including lemon and orange.

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Beyond Gourmet’s Nature-Fresh Cleaning Cloths are specifically designed to clean any surface and remain 99.9% germ free. Each cloth replaces more than 40 rolls of paper towels, reducing waste. Their natural, bacterial-fighting qualities prevent the cloths from turning sour or holding onto odors. Each cloth measures 9.5 X 11”.

Clean surfaces without scratching using the Skoy Scrub. This reusable and long-lasting scrubber can be used on a variety of surfaces, from pots and pans to countertops and the sink. Top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, the scrub measures 5 X 6” and comes in assorted colors.

 

 

To view all the cleaning items HIC offers, click here.

Tuesday’s Tool: The Tortilla Press

 

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Cinco de Mayo is almost here! It’s time to start planning a delicious Mexican-inspired meal that will impress your family and friends.

HIC’s Tortilla Press is specially designed for creating 6.25-inch homemade tortillas and other artisan flat breads of the perfect thickness every time.  Made from heavyweight aluminum for durability, the sturdy handle provides for effortless leverage when making     tortillas.

If you’ve never made your own tortillas, you don’t know how easy it is to do. (Five simple steps!)

  1. Prepare your dough recipe or use ready-made dough.
  2. For best results, line both sides of the press with plastic wrap, wax paper, or parchment paper to prevent dough from sticking to the press.
  3. Roll a small amount of dough into a ball and place it in the center of the press. Flatten the dough slightly by hand then close the press.
  4. Fold the handle over the press and apply a firm pressure to create griddle-ready rounds.
  5. Gently remove the plastic wrap from the flattened dough and cook according to recipe.

The press is handy for making a variety of flatbreads, including Caribbean roti, focaccia, moo shoo pancakes, mini pie or tart shells, and more.

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You can purchase the HIC Tortilla Press here.