52 States in 8 Months

American Cooking: Hamburger Helpers

Posted in Meals, USA by Ulf on March 31, 2009

When I told you how cheap ground beef is in the US, I bought about 2.5kg of it. I didn’t want to make 2.5kg of Klopse or a similar amount of Spag Bol. Therefore I bought a few “Hamburger Helpers“. Really tasty :-)

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Have you noticed the different cooking instructions for high elevations? They tell you to increase the simmer time from 16 to 19 minutes in altitudes between 3,500ft and 6,500ft. However, they don’t tell you what to do in higher altitudes. Luckily we didn’t bring this to our 10,023ft breakfast :-).

The cooking instructions here in the US also differ from those we have in Europe. There are no weights given. I’ve never seen a kitchen scale here in the US. Everything is measured in volume. The units are either cups (or fractions thereof) or spoons. And luckily the designers of Hamburger Helpers make sure that one set of measurement cups is enough for you:

For the “Classic Cheddar Cheese Melt” recipe I needed 1 3/4 = 1+1/2+1/4 cups of water and 1 1/3 = 1 + 1/3 cups of milk. I needed no fraction of a cup twice. Very considerate of you, Hamburger Helper guys!



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  1. Martin said, on March 31, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Ulf! Ich brauch ne liste ueber die verschieden Sorten UND du musst mir unbedingt eines davon mitbringen. Ich vermisse das sooooo sehr!!!!

  2. Ulf said, on March 31, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Alles klar — erinnere mich mal bitte dran, wenn ich wieder in Delaware bin.
    Ich kann dann im Supermarkt mal schauen was es so gibt und dir eine Packung davon mitbringen ;-).

  3. Michael said, on November 24, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    In the United States, it is very common to have 3/4 c., and 2/3 c. measuring cups. When I make Hamburger Helper, I just use the 2/3 c. cup twice for 1 1/3c. Alternatively, I’ll fill a 3 c. graduated cup with both ingredients at the same time if they are to be added to the dish at the same time.

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