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    • Homemade Hamburger Help

      Create your own simple Hamburg Help mix to have on hand for fast, last minute dinners. One simple recipe creates 4 delicious, mouth watering meals in minutes.

      Homemade Hamburger Help Basic Mix

      2 cups nonfat dry milk
      1 cup corn starch
      1/4 cup beef bouillon powder
      2 T onion flakes
      1 tsp dried basil
      1 tsp dried thyme
      1 tsp black pepper
      2 T dried parsley
      1 T garlic powder

      Measure all ingredients into a Ziploc Bag. Shake well, transfer to vacuum seal bag, seal and store up to a year. To use, see recipes below, each recipe calls for 1/2 c. of mix - this refers to the Hamburger Help Mix listed Above.

      Here are several meal ideas using the mix

      Chili Mac:
      1 lb. ground beef or turkey, browned and drained
      1 C. water
      1/2 C. macaroni noodles (uncooked)
      2 cans chopped tomatoes
      1 T. chili powder
      1/2 C. mix

      Combine all and simmer 20 minutes or until macaroni is cooked.

      1 lb. ground beef or turkey, browned and drained
      2 C. water
      1/2 C. mix
      2 C. uncooked egg noodles
      1/2 C. sour cream

      Combine all except sour cream. Simmer 20 minutes or until noodles are tender. Stir in sour cream and serve.

      Potato Beef Casserole:
      1 lb. ground beef pr turkey, browned and drained
      3/4 C. water
      6 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
      1 C. frozen mixed veggies
      1/2 C. mix

      Combine all and simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover and cook until excess water is evaporated.

      Quick Lasagna:
      1 lb. ground beef or turkey, browned and drained
      1/2 C. mix
      1 onion, chopped
      2 C. water
      16 oz. tomato sauce
      3 C. lasagna noodles, uncooked, broken in bits
      1/4 C. parmesan cheese
      2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded

      Combine all except mozzarella in large skillet. Bring to a boil, let simmer for 15 minutes or until noodles are cooked. Top with mozzarella. Turn off heat and let cheese melt.
      Comments 15 Comments
      1. yanks4carolyn's Avatar
        yanks4carolyn -
        How much do you use per meal or per lb ?
      1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
        FreebieQueen -
        Carolyn, use 1/2 c. of the mix per pound. thanks for letting us know that the recipes for use weren't linked to the helper, we've fixed them to show!
      1. dct9000's Avatar
        dct9000 -
        Thank you. Made this last night and the family loved it. Hard to tell the different between the MYO and store brought.
      1. rimickie's Avatar
        rimickie -
        Just made the potato beef casserole, very tasty, but I did have to make some adjustments. 1 cup of frozen veggies was not nearly enough, maybe if it was peas and carrotts, it would have been, but I used stir fry mix, and they had big chunks of vegetables, so I used 3 cups, six potatoes would have been way too much, I wound up using only 2, and that was more than enough, and it needed 1 and 1/2 cups of water, starting sticking immediately with just the 3/4 cup.
      1. lynnae's Avatar
        lynnae -
        I noticed the recipe does not add any salt except what is in the bouillon. This is good I think as the regular packaged hamburger helper has way more than a person needs in one meal. Am I right on this?
      1. lynnae's Avatar
        lynnae -
        I don't have a vacuum freezer bag thing. could I freeze this mix to keep it fresh? Maybe in serving size bags.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by lynnae View Post
        I don't have a vacuum freezer bag thing. could I freeze this mix to keep it fresh? Maybe in serving size bags.
        I think all the mix ingredients are shelf-stable. You could probably store it at room temp, fridge, or freezer. (I keep my spice blends at room temp.) I have kept dry ingredients in the freezer; coffee grounds for over a year & cornmeal breading for a few days.(the cornmeal was only in the freezer because it had come into contact with raw fish, & I wanted to use the leftover cornmeal breading in meatballs a few nights later )

        However you store it, check for freshness & clumping before you use it. it should be fine
      1. IrishMoon's Avatar
        IrishMoon -
        I can't wait to try this!
      1. mkhess's Avatar
        mkhess -
        Can't wait to try this.
      1. BeckyStreet58's Avatar
        BeckyStreet58 -
        Quote Originally Posted by lynnae View Post
        I don't have a vacuum freezer bag thing. could I freeze this mix to keep it fresh? Maybe in serving size bags.
        So could you store the mix in a mason jar?
      1. IrishMoon's Avatar
        IrishMoon -
        Would the basic mix be like the store bought beef pasta flavor? That's our favorite and would love to make it from scratch.
      1. freya1948's Avatar
        freya1948 -
        Awesome! That will help with my picky eater!!!!
      1. mawmaws's Avatar
        mawmaws -
        Quote Originally Posted by yanks4carolyn View Post
        How much do you use per meal or per lb ?
        I took a short cut and and the package of cillie powder

        I tried the mix tonight , was good, but I added a little bit extra I like it spicey
      1. kungfujoe94's Avatar
        kungfujoe94 -
        I made this mix and tried it with the Chili Mac variation. My family loved it. No vacuum bags here, storing my mix in a mason jar for now. I will probably keep it in the freezer, if the mix lasts long enough. My family is already asking me to add it our rotation. Thanks for sharing!
      1. EliseD's Avatar
        EliseD -
        This mix should be fine to store in any sort of airtight container for a pretty long time. The only thing I would have any sort of concern over would be the dried milk. Honestly, though, I would say it would be fine for several months at least. I'm planning on making the mix and leaving it in snack size ziplocs, 1/2 cup each to match the recipe. One less thing to measure later! Keeping 3 or 4 bags of it around would make it quick in a pinch, but it's not so much I'll worry about it being forgotten about. Our pantry has some deep, dark corners where things hide, ha ha.

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