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hamburger helper

I just moved across country from Phoenix, AZ to Indiana. Still in the process of unpacking and getting settled. I have a couple boxes of hamburger helper and some hamburger. (Im feeling lazy today). My problem is....my stove hasn't arrived yet. I have an electric frying pan, so I can cook the meat BUT its not big enough for all the stuff.
My question:
Would it be possible to put everything together in the crock pot? I will cook the meat first.


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Sep. 18th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
Sure you could do that. I'm not quite sure on the amount of time it would take though.
May. 30th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
about four, five hours.
Sep. 18th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
what the hell is hamburger helper?
Sep. 18th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
but then what would you have had to do? ;)
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Sep. 18th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
i'm australian. I think we do way less boxed stuff than you lot!
Sep. 18th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
SOOO much less! I'm always amazed. I saw a recipe on here that included a can of frozen orange juice concentrate. I wouldn't even know anywhere that would sell that here!
Sep. 18th, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
Trust me, you're not missing much.
I end up subbing out real stuff and precooking when I have time for those pesky "canned", "boxed" or whatever packages. May take a bit more time, but sure tastes better. LOL
Sep. 18th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Aaah, but I hate cooking! American style food would so make my life easier :P
Sep. 19th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
except they seem to box up a tonne of salt and fat for the convenience of it all.
But I conceed your point. :)
Sep. 19th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, they do - which is why making as many of the "available pre-made" parts as possible yourself tastes so much better :)

(um, that sentence sounds very jumbled. Home-made really *is* better is the point :) )
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Sep. 18th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, I can just imagine!! Poor thing :) But yay for learning to cook!
May. 30th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
frozen breakfast section at any grocery store or wal-mart.
May. 31st, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
Australia doesn't have wal-mart, and I've never seen it in any of our frozen breakfast sections :)
May. 31st, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
sorry i hadn't read and didn't realize that's where you were.
May. 31st, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
That's ok :) It's one of those things that you don't realise is so different between places
May. 31st, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
there is that. ;)
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Sep. 21st, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Actually, I find it's more often the opposite. I used Hamburger Helper a lot when I had a kid at Jr. High who needed to have homework supervised, two in elementary who needed someone to quiz them on spelling words and times tables, and a toddler who was in to everything. Fancy cooking was out the window. What's so wrong with getting a box that has all the ingredients measured out for you ahead of time?

Now that the kids are in their twenties and do their own cooking, I'm happy to do all the work.
Sep. 18th, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
I don't know about anyone else, but I found your response rather rude and somewhat condescending. LJ is a global family, not represented by one specific country.

I'm sure your response would have been more helpful and explanatory had you taken the time to wonder why someone wouldn't know what to do with hamburger helper, rather than simply laughing at them.
Sep. 18th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
i was just about to say this :)
Sep. 18th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not trying to be rude here but I always find it interesting when people try to reprimand rude posters...like they care. They knew they were being rude before they posted and they were hoping for some attention. Bingo, they got it.
Sep. 18th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Not rude at all; you may be right in your assumption. _faker probably doesn't care what I think one way or the other, and could be a 'troll' looking for attention.

But the problem is, I care. By not calling them on their comments I feel as if I support that kind of behaviour, and I don't.

If they are a troll and it gives them the attention they so desperately need then that is their issue (and I pity them if that's the case).
Sep. 20th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
i actually had way more of an issue with the 'duh why the hell didn't you just google' comment.
Sep. 19th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
I noticed that you didn't really get a response that answered your question! There are a number of different flavors for Hamburger Helper. I think they're great for students, Moms with little time, or others who don't have the time/skill to do much cooking.

I like the "one-pan-lasagna" kind, It has powdered cheese and powdered tomato and all the spices necessary, plus the dry pasta (small) noodles. You cook your hamburger, make the 'sauces' by adding milk or water to the mix, then add to your meat to blend flavors. Sure, it's better when you can make it from scratch, but one of the reasons it's popular in America is that so many Moms are doing so much! When you come in on a six o'clock train from work, and you want to have supper with your kids and then baths and storytime and an 8:30 bedtime, you want every shortcut you can find!

Now that my kids are grown, I can choose to cook from scratch, or if I'm tired and only have to please myself (my hubby is out several nights a week for meetings), I can make something quick, like Hamburger Helper.
Sep. 20th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
thanks for replying! that google link told me sod all.

in australia when we say hamburger we mean an actual hamburger- bun, salad, cheese, meat etc, so when i heard hamburger helper i couldn't for the life of me work out what could possibly assist with that! haha! I think we refer to mince when you say hamburger. (casting my mind back to an old roseanne episode made me realise my error!)

so last question, when you say hamburger what meat is this?? beef? or a mix??

Sep. 20th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, when we say "I'm having A hamburger.", it usually means what you describe, but "I'm cooking hamburger" usually means JUST the meat, usually ground beef, though you can get ground turkey, chicken, lamb, etc.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
a recipe calling for hamburger would be referring to ground beef.
Sep. 18th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
Well, it's probably too late now, but I feel that the pasta aspect of the meal would have been better cooked in a microwave, if you have one of those.
Sep. 18th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
I honestly have no clue at all if this would work. Do please let us know if you try it!
Oct. 1st, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
I did it! I think I actually like it better cooked in the crock.
Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Cool! So how did you do it? Did you brown the ground beef first? Did you dump all the ingredients together or did you add any of them (like the rice or pasta) later? Did you add more or less liquid than the box called for?

I have to try this!
Oct. 2nd, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
I cooked the meat first, then dumped everything in the crock and cooked until the noodles were done, I believe it took about an hour.
Sep. 18th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
I think you can just cook the hamburger helper in the electric skillet, if it's deep enough to hold the liquid.
Sep. 18th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
I'd be concerned about the flavors holding up or changing during the longer cooking period. The sauce mix is designed to bring the flavors together in the cooking time listed on the package directions, and unlike converting a stove top recipe to the crock, you can't adjust the seasonings.
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