1/15/12

Master Mix: Hamburger Helper Pantry Kits

 Master Mix: Hamburger Helper Pantry Kits

Talk about saving money, I already had all the ingredients in my pantry to make my own hamburger helper kits, so no reason to spend the money on the commercial ones at the store.  I think it literally took me maybe 15 minutes max to whip them together.  

All I need to throw these  three quick skillet suppers together is a few fresh ingredients.  

I will list the full recipes for all three Hamburger Helper recipes first (including the instructions for cooking them for dinner), and then show you how to put the pantry kits together for storing in your pantry.
At the end you will find a clickable link to google doc's for a printable version for you to staple to each kit.
Let's get started.

Cheeseburger Macaroni Helper:

Ingredients for the pantry kit:
1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 sauce packet:  2/3 cup powdered milk
                           1 Tbp. corn starch
                           1 tsp. each: Onion Powder
                                              Garlic Powder
                                              sugar
                                              paprika
To cook for dinner:
Fresh Ingredients for cooking day:
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey)
3 cups hot water
1 cup shredded cheese

Brown ground beef in large skillet, drain grease, add hot water, pasta and contents of sauce packet.  Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low about 12 minutes stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender. During last few minutes of cooking, stir in the cheese; cover and cook final few minutes till cheese is melted.  Turn off heat and uncover. Let skillet dinner sit for about 5 minutes. This will allow sauce to thicken a bit.

Taco Helper


Ingredients for the pantry kit:

1cup instant brown rice
1 cup diced, canned tomatoes
1 sauce packet:  2/3 cup powdered milk
                           1 Tbp. corn starch
                           2 tsp. taco seasoning
                           1 tsp. each: Onion Powder
                                              Garlic Powder
                                              sugar
                                           

To cook for dinner:
Fresh Ingredients for cooking day:
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey)
3 cups hot water
1 cup shredded cheese
Optional: tortilla chips

Brown ground beef in large skillet, drain grease, add hot water, rice, tomatoes (drained) and contents of sauce packet.  Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low about 20 minutes stirring occasionally, until rice is tender. During last few minutes of cooking, stir in the cheese; cover and cook final few minutes till cheese is melted.  Turn off heat and uncover. Let skillet dinner sit for about 5 minutes. This will allow sauce to thicken a bit.

Salisbury Beef Helper

Ingredients for the pantry kit:
1 1/2- 2 cups uncooked egg noodles
1 sauce packet:  2/3 cup powdered milk
                           1 Tbp. corn starch
                           1/2 tsp. pepper
                           1 tsp. each: Onion Powder
                                              Garlic Powder
                                              sugar
                                         
To cook for dinner:
Fresh Ingredients for cooking day:
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey)
3 cups hot water
1./2 tsp. worcestershire sauce

Brown ground beef in large skillet, drain grease, add hot water, pasta and contents of sauce packet.  Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low about 12 minutes stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.  Turn off heat and uncover. Let skillet dinner sit for about 5 minutes. This will allow sauce to thicken a bit.





To make Pantry kit: 
Mix sauce packet ingredients together in a small bowl. 









Label a sandwich sized plastic storage bag and pour sauce mix in bag, seal, and set aside.











Label a gallon sized ziplock bag and pour in pasta or rice,  sauce packet, and for taco helper also place a can of diced tomatoes.











Seal gallon sized bags and staple a copy of the recipe to the bag.  (click on link below for a printable copy)
Store in pantry till ready to cook.  

Click here for printable Hamburger Helper Pantry Kit Recipes

CLICK HERE TO SEE 4 MORE HAMBURGER HELPER RECIPES



40 comments:

  1. that is just great, what a cool idea.

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  2. Thanks, I book marked this so I can go back later and make up some packets.

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  3. I love this idea!

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  4. Wow, I never would have thought to try and make these myself! Thanks for sharing, what a great idea!

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    1. I do hope you like them, they are super easy and fast to put together and store for a quick dinner night on a busy week.

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  5. I love this idea! Would you link it up to SaMiE's first ever SURPRISE linky party, found here: http://www.samiedesigns.blogspot.com/p/samies-surprise-linky-parties.html

    Thanks!

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    1. I would love to link it up! Thanks for the invite!

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  6. Brilliant! I would not have thought to do this!

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  7. Love this idea. Adding it to my blog on Friday for Frugal Friday Food Finds of "make at home" kit substitutes!!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Sharyl, I am so glad you like it! I'm thrilled for you to add it to your blog! Thanks so much!

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  8. Love this idea! Really fabulous! Angie xo

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  9. If I wanted to do this but add fresh whole milk while cooking (thereby leaving out the powdered milk), how much milk would be used? Is 2/3 cup an equal transfer for the ratio from powdered to fresh?

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    1. Betsy, great question! I did a little research and it looks like if you eliminate the powdered milk, then use 2 cups of fresh milk,(2/3 c.of powdered normally reconstitutes to 2 cups milk) but reduce the hot water to 1 cup. Thereby keeping 3 total cups of liquid.

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  10. What a great idea! I can't eat gluten, so this would be perfect for me - not only to save money, but to have quick meals at hand with ingredients that I can actually eat! Thanks. :D

    I've just started a new blog hop theme and would love for you to come by and join in the fun @ Tranquility & Turmoil

    - Eve

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    1. Thank you! I like how this idea can be changed for every families needs and tastes! I'll soon be posting 4 more recipes. I'd love to come by and join the blog hop! Thanks for the invite!

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  11. I have always wanted to try this! Thanks for these recipes... great ideas! Thanks for sharing at Oopsey Daisy!

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  12. That is so neat! :) Definitely pinning this to share with my friends!

    Stopping by from Tempt my Tummy Tues.

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  13. Seriously, you are AMAZING!! I was just talking to my husband about how I have to cut my sodium intake but I'm really gonna miss the convenience of hamburger helpers! You've shown me how to make the kits myself and I can tweak things just a bit to have it really LOW sodium (like use No Salt or Mrs.Dash in place of all salt)!! Wonderful!! Thank you so much!! :)

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    1. Ashlyn, You are so kind! I do love the versatility of these recipes!

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  14. Thanks for sharing. We tried the taco helper last night with flour tortillas and it was a hit!

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    1. So glad your family liked it! Thanks for coming back and letting me know!
      Smiles,
      Jan

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  15. Hi Jan,
    What a great site you have. I'm glad my readers enjoy your recipes! I do as well... please be sure to pop in and see what Canadian Budget Binder has to offer and maybe you can share with your readers! Cheers Mr.CBB

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    1. I loved your site, and immediately signed up for your emails and also "liked" you on facebook! I can't wait to share you with my readers!
      Jan

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  16. We just made the cheeseburger helper and it was good... I didn't feel bad after eating it. We will leave out the sugar next time, I didn't like it with it. Also we mixed in corn. Kids liked it! Great idea! Thank you for sharing

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, and I'm glad your family liked it! I love tweaking ingredients that's one of the best parts of making your own!
      have a great day!
      Jan

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  17. I make kits too. I love them! I have my own rice mix and so forth.

    Anyway, just a suggestion: rather than stapling the recipe onto the pack, I use Google Docs Drawing and size it down. You could even do all recipes on a single page. Cut them out, place them in a sandwich sized bag and zip closed. Put that bag inside the meal kit. This way you can reuse the instructions over and over again and it stays clean. I add a note at the top that says DO NOT THROW AWAY THESE INSTRUCTIONS, in big bold letters just in case my older kids make a batch, because they would do just that. lol!

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    1. I love this! If you knew me you'd hear me say: "Obvious solutions never occur to me!" I'm always the one that says "Oh, duh!" Stop by anytime with more tips!
      Jan

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  18. Wow this is GREAT! I spend so much money on hamburger helper and now I don't have to! I've only tried the cheeseburger macaroni helper but I will be trying the rest soon! Will you be making any recipes for the tuna helpers as well?

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    1. I am working on some new versions, and will definitely add a tuna helper to my list of must do's! Thanks for the lovely feedback, it keeps me going!
      Hugs,
      Jan

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  19. Oh my goodness, this sounds fantastic! I van't wait to try it! If you ever happen to come across a recipe for the Stroganoff (yeah, I can't spell that word to save my life), PLEASE let me know - that is my absolute favorite!

    Thanks!
    Marley

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    1. Thanks Marley! Right now the Stroganoff one is the closet thing to it. I'm trying to work on some new ones though, it's taking me a while to do it. I'll fiddle with the Stroganoff too for you.
      Thanks!
      Jan

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    1. Scarlsen20: I am so sorry, I accidently deleted your question and haven't figured out how to get it back yet. You asked the serving size and whether it would serve a family of 4. It is the perfect size for a family of 4! Should be just right. I fed 5 people with it, but didn't really have left overs (2 adults 3 teens). Best of luck!
      Jan

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  21. I put the sauce ingredients in the bottom of a mason jar, top with noodles or rice. I also fry up my hamburger and grate my cheese in advance & freeze. This makes the meal truly "instant" lol

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    1. I love that! Thanks for sharing!
      Jan

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  23. Found this on Pinterest! What a great idea..thanks so much :)

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    1. Jess, thanks for stopping by! Let me know what you think if you try it out!
      Jan

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