Ham Helper

is it GOATed?
I decided to go quick and easy for this week's lunches and made me a huge batch of this stuff, enough for 5 2lbs preps. I've never had it but the cheesy sauce tasted pretty good and it smelled pretty appetizing

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    For me, it's potatoes stroganoff

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      none of the stroganoffs looked as appetizing as the cheeseburger on the box but I've been told the Beef Stroganoff is the best flavor so might try that next

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Beef Stroganoff is definitely the best flavor, but Cheeseburger remains my favorite. My mom used to make it for me all the time as a kid, and I've enjoyed it ever since.
        If Hamburger Helper went out of business, I might KMS.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I hope there’s bread action going on, as a kid I loved putting some on bread and sopping up the sauce at the end.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Personally, I've made the stroganoff from the box and from scratch, there is very little difference (same with Knorr). The only real difference is chunk size - doing it from scratch lets you control the mushroom piece size, while the box will use powdered mushrooms. And it is 1:1 if you use powdered stuff yourself from scratch.

        For the single folks - the knorr version is perfect for single meals, just slap the packet together with some protein added in, boom dinner is done in under 15 min.

        Just make your own homemade version. It's really simple and cheap. Also more healthy.

        It's actually not as cheap. One of those knorr packets is like $1.15, and just the mushrooms you need alone are going to be several bucks. Plus it's super convenient and doesn't sacrifice flavor or quality.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >One of those knorr packets is like $1.15
          You don't need a Knorr packet. Use the seasonings/spices you have in your cabinet.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            It is always so convenient to ignore "pantry staples" and pretend they magically exist and never cost anything at any point in time. I love recipes claiming to be 3 ingredient recipes and then they add like 20 more things (even big things like veg, not just spices).

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              You can bottles of spices for less than a dollar at walmart.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Did they change the cheese burger macaroni recipe? It doesn't taste right anymore

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      None of this boxed shit tastes right anymore, I liked stroganoff as the other anons said but about a year ago they changed something and honestly even pasta sides just tastes like salt. Hamburger helper still has taste but isn't as good as it was and will probably get worse.
      Would sooner just boil some rice with some leeks and garlic and that would be much more wholesome and still cheap.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        the beef noodle basically no longer has any taste, and the noodle packs in every variety seem smaller than years past. I usually add noodles or macaroni when I make it.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I used to really like this shit but it tastes way worse now. I think it changed around the time when the branding changed from lipton to knorr.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Last time I was in dollar tree I found a couple flavors I'd never seen before, ranch and bacon and sweet BBQ.. Haven't cracked them yet though.

      I know they changed the philly cheesesteak so it doesn't have those little bits of dehydrated pepper in it anymore.

      >One of those knorr packets is like $1.15
      You don't need a Knorr packet. Use the seasonings/spices you have in your cabinet.

      If you shop at the right place, you wait till they go on sale 10/10 and grab a bunch.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >a glimpse into the hellscape that is my mind

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      somebody turned glovers face upside down D:

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I don't know why they call it hambuger helper. It does just fine by itself.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's fine. Needs a lot of seasoning on the beef and dish itself to be anything above average. Picrel is pretty good too.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just make your own homemade version. It's really simple and cheap. Also more healthy.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >is it GOATed?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I just might. My local grocery store sells goat meat. I'll grind it at home.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's fine for a quick and lazy meal. I normally keep a few of the tuna helpers around for fast meal.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      wtf is a fast meal? isn't not eating the point of fasting?

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    hamburger helper is bland as frick now, don't know what they changed but it's not as good as I remember. the same type of meal from the aldi's brand is much better.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      agreed. hamburger helper itself does not have any taste anymore. however ive foud that generic store brands of HH are close to what they used to be back in the day

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      once you add extra cheese it tastes fine

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    it does well with more ingredients. with the philly cheesesteak I fry some mushrooms, then peppers and onions with fresh garlic, then brown the meat and add in the veggies and once you get to the cover and let cook part toss in about 2.5 inch chunk of velveeta and about a teaspoon of Tabasco and lots of black pepper. the stronganoff works much the same but substitute the peppers and onions with more mushrooms and substitute the milk with heavy cream or half and half and the sub the velveeta for sour cream and some fresh chives, fennel or dill and the sub the Tabasco for Worcestershire or Dark soy sauce/oyster sauce and rice wine vinegar.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I like these meals as a lazy neet on my own after mom died but I'm so lazy I hate cleaning them up.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's good but overpriced. Just buy mac and cheese and throw ground beef into it. Literally no difference.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It was $1.50 a pack at Walmart which is already cheap as dirt? I basically made 5 lunches for less than $4 each including ground turkey

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I can get a 7oz box of mac and cheese for 90c. Yeah it's cheap as dirt but I see no reason to spend more for less.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You can find at dollar tree for $1.25.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Just buy mac and cheese and throw ground beef into it.

      Do you cook the hamburger to well done so it is nice and crispy prior to adding to the mac n cheez?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        nta, but may well crisp it and then pour the grease and meat over the mac 'n cheese add a 1/4 of ketchup or prego or rotel or salsa and mix it to an even consistency. I'd probably use a teaspoon of chili powder, a teaspoon of smoked paprika and a teaspoon of Tony Chacheres creole seasoning.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      For me, it's ground pork sausage.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    hello anons OP here
    just had my first bite of Ham Helper and I'll be honest I was a bit underwhelmed. It probably didn't help that it's been frozen/refrigerated and reheated. It was only okay but I can tell this shit is gonna get nasty tasting after 5 days straight of it. The cheese sauce gives the ground beef a weird texture and the pasta doesn't hold up well to reheating. Probably okay fresh and every once in a while but I wouldn't make a whole weeks worth of it again

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      yeah those are family meals meant to be eaten that night or at very least the next day. I'd never eat that more than a day past.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Live and learn (hanging off the edge of tomorrow) I guess
        It's wasn't terrible but it didn't wow me either. Also got some heartburn from it so um yeah I'm reminded that even though it's prepared at home, I shouldn't have considered it "health" food

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >is it GOAT?
    No. It's handy to have in the pantry for a quick but decent meal when you have nothing else planned, but it's nothing great.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Sometimes I eat this without the Hamburger, just a big plate of helper

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    One of Giada's cookbooks has a recipe for "Italian Helper" and it fricks Hamburger Helper's ass all day long.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      got the recipe?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/italian-helper-4720566

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          One of Giada's cookbooks has a recipe for "Italian Helper" and it fricks Hamburger Helper's ass all day long.

          frick her and her bratty demeanor. she made an Italian version on her channel and admitted to never having Hamburger Helper before so she cooked up a box to try for comparisons sake and then conveniently her dog ate off screen so she didn't have to eat icky poor people food. her father was right about her.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >her father was right about her.
            backstory?

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              he abused her and her sister until they were in their early teens and then got fed up with her shit and kicked them out while calling them ungrateful prostitutes. still paid for her the live and train in France during her college years.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Yes, I do. I have the book.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    it's good shit. add peppers and onions

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I made the Chili Mac version yesterday. You need to add heat though, it's not very spicy.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Is it really that hard to dice an onion, cook ground beef and diced onion, add seasoning, make box mac and cheese, then mix it together?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Why do that when you can just get a box of hamb helper? You're not making anything better with a box of Kraft dinner

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        In use velveta, and I think it tastes better.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Ok

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