Harbor Freight safety instructions

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SWMBO bought a hamburger press at Harbor Freight last weekend. So I'm getting ready to use it... unpack it... to find "Assembly and Operating Instructions". (WTF?? It's a hamburger press, for Pete's sake!)
The following is directly quoted from that document:
Safety Warnings and Precautions
WARNING: When using Hamburger Press, basic safety precautions should always be followed to reduce the risk of personal injury and damage to equipment. Read all instructions before using this product!
1. Avoid working alone. If an accident happens, an assistant can bring help. [...] 4. Keep children away. Children must never be allowed in the cooking area. Do not let them handle Hamburger Press. 5. Store idle equipment. When not in use, Hamburger Press must be stored in a dry location to inhibit rust. Always lock up Hamburger Press and keep out of reach of children. [...] 7. Maintain Press with care. Inspect Hamburger Press periodically and, if damaged, have it repaired by an authorized technician. 8. Use the right Press for the job. Do not attempt to force a small Hamburger Press or attachment to do the work of a larger industrial Hamburger Press. There are certain applications for which this Hamburger Press was designed. Do not modify this Hamburger Press and do not use the Hamburger Press for a purpose for which it was not intended. 9. Stay alert. Watch what you are doing, use common sense. Do not operate Hamburger Press when you are tired. [...] 11. Do not operate Hamburger Press if under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Read warning labels on prescriptions to determine if your judgment or reflexes are impaired while taking drugs. If there is any doubt, do not operate Hamburger Press.
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That's one more dangerous machine you have there, maybe sawstop can design some brakes for it. Now might be a good time to upgrade your general liability and your homeowners insurance.
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On Thu, 13 May 2010 21:58:43 +0000, Doug Miller wrote:

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Do you have an SKU # for it? The only HF hamburger press that shows up in a search for "hamburger" is SKU 96196. It and its manual are at <http://www.harborfreight.com/dishwasher-safe-hamburger-press-96196.html> and <http://manuals.harborfreight.com/manuals/96000-96999/96196.pdf> and don't show the over-the-top warnings from your message, and the instructions shown seem mostly reasonable and relevant, to wit:
HAMBURGER PRESS ... WARNING To prevent health hazards: 1. Clean thoroughly. Always clean before and after each use. Wash in dishwasher (top rack only) using hot water and antibacterial soap. 2. After cleaning, dry all components with a clean rag. Store in a dry location. 3. Always follow cleaning procedures after each use. Failure to do so may result in serious injury due to food poisoning. 4. Do not use if cracked or damaged. 5. Use for ground beef only. Do not use for other foods or any beverages. ... OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS 1. Weigh out approximately 1/4 to 1/3 lb. of ground meat. 2. Remove the base from the bottom of the Hamburger Press and hold the Press handle down. 3. Spoon the ground beef into the open cup, being careful not to overfill cup. 4. Slide base lid back into place. 5. Set the Press down with the handle now up. 6. Press down once on the handle. 7. Remove the base lid. A round hamburger patty is now formed in the cup and ready for cooking. Note: The meat may stick to the Hamburger Press, depending on the fat content in the meat. Spray the lid and cup with a light coat of vegetable oil before pressing When not in use, store in dry location out of reach of children.
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James Waldby wrote:

<http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/itemdisplay/displayItem.do?itemidD934&CategoryName=&SubCategoryName= <http://images.harborfreight.com/manuals/44000-44999/44934.PDF>
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That's the one!
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Doug Miller wrote:

<Snip the legalese>
Go with Tupperware.
Been using them since mid '70s.
Great for freezer storage.
Lew
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Lew Hodgett wrote:

I've never found a hamburger press that pressed the patties as wide as I like them, so I just use my hands, and warsh them off with some Dawn when I'm done.
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Jon Danniken wrote:

Try a tortilla press.
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Pete C. wrote:

Hmmm, I might have to pay notice to the size of the next toritilla press I see.
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As long as w'e're sharing "home-making tips", my mom taught me to smash them, by hand, between two pieces of wax-paper. Then leave the wax paper on them so you can stack them up ( in a bag in the freezer) and they don't stick together. When they start to thaw it peals right off.
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Bill wrote:

Too bad that they don't peel off... ;-)
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While; if they dont, youken eat you'res withinthe waxed paper cook't. Sorta flossandchew ate the same timey.

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Bill wrote:

And end up needing help from Roto-Rooter to go to the bathroom? No thanks! :)
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On Fri, 14 May 2010 00:06:51 -0400, "Michael A. Terrell"

I've never had a problem peeling waxed paper from frozen meat that has started to thaw, perhaps you need better waxed paper. Gerry :-)} London, Canada
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Bill wrote:

It is vastly better to freeze whole large cuts of meat, and then defrost and grind right before you are going to cook the burgers. The longer the meat spends in a ground state, the more oxidized it becomes, giving it a metallic off-taste. Grinding right before cooking avoids this problem since only the outside of the large piece of meat has been exposed to oxidation, vastly less surface area than when it is ground.
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If you keep them in the back of the freezer, they don't pick up much "off-taste". I've noticed that I definitely prefer beef, especially steaks, not frozen first. For my mom, I'm sure the convenience was a bigger factor than the taste--just pull out 3 more, 2 more, 5 more, etc. Ready-to-go... I'm pretty sure making hamburger patties was not her idea of fun and still isn't--she's got a McDonald's 1/2 mile from home and is not afraid to use it! : )
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Grinding right before cooking avoids this problem

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Bill wrote:

What does McDonald's have to do with hamburgers, these days?
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These days? I honestly haven't eaten one since 1979. I feel better about some of their breakfasts and fish sandwiches.
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On 5/15/10 6:18 PM, Bill wrote:

Reconstituted egg powder, and ground fish lips, yep you are eating good. ;-)
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