Meal in a Bag: Hamburger Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

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This is one recipe I never thought I’d get right! Actually, it’s not even a dish I thought I would try and develop into a meals-in-a bag-recipe. But I asked my Facebook group what some of their favorite meals were, that they would like to see converted to meals-in-a-bag or jar. It was my daughter who offered this suggestion.

My first reaction to her suggestion was “No way!”. I had no idea how I could make the hamburger gravy the right consistency and get the awesome gravy flavor, using dehydrated/freeze dried shelf stable ingredients. So, I brushed it aside and thought I would just accept defeat and forget about trying to develop a recipe for it.

Well, obviously that was not meant to be. I kept thinking about it and over the course of approximately six months researched ways I could make the gravy, to get that “just right” savory flavor. I know how to make the gravy from scratch because I used to make it for our family meals quite often, when my kids were growing up.

Meal in a Bag: Hamburger Gravy and Mashed PotatoesAnd then, I wasn’t sure how the Mountain House freeze dried hamburger meat would work, mostly because of the shape and texture of it.

Its shape is not anywhere near being the shape of crumbled hamburger meat.

The easy part was the instant mashed potatoes. All I had to do was buy some of those and convert the recipe according to the directions on the box.

My big breakthrough on the gravy part came when my daughter and I were grocery shopping and she said she was looking for gravy to make biscuits and gravy for her husband. I’m like, “there’s no way you’re going to find canned sausage gravy!”. Well, she proved me wrong, for sure! I was dumbfounded!

Meal in a Bag: Hamburger Gravy and Mashed PotatoesI have rarely ever used a mix or a jar of any kind of gravy because my mom taught me how to make it from scratch.

I added that dry gravy mix item to my grocery list to look it up the next time I got groceries. And guess what?!? I found some!!

Longer story shortened, that’s kind of how I came up with this recipe. I incorporated my make it from scratch skills and knowledge with the new quick mix cooking of today and brought it all together!

I didn’t get it right on the first try, but that’s okay because I got it “right” enough to taste good while I was perfecting that savory flavor and that just right consistency and texture. Taste testing is definitely the payday for developing a new recipe!

I had hamburger gravy and mashed potatoes for 5 glorious days (almost all in a row!). Imagine my disappointment when I felt I had the recipe perfected! No more taste testing! Well, at least not until I purchased some more freeze-dried hamburger meat so I can make some more bags of it, lol.

Well, here you go: the recipe that has taken me the longest to develop so far. But, well worth the work and the wait. I hope you enjoy this meal as much as I do.

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Meal in a Bag: Hamburger Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

1 Serving (approximately 1-1/2 cups, cooked)

You will need:

  • 1 Cup instant mashed potatoes;
  • 3 Tbsp country gravy mix (I used Pioneer Country Gravy Mix);
  • 1 Tbsp powdered milk – not instant nonfat dry milk (I used Nido Fortificada, which is a dried whole milk);
  • 1 Tbsp Butter powder (I used Augason Farms);
  • 2 tsp beef broth powder (I used Orrington Farms Broth Base & Seasoning, Beef Flavored);
  • ¼ Cup freeze dried ground beef (I used Mountain House);
  • 1-1/2 Cups boiling water for “cooking”.Meal in a Bag: Hamburger Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Preparation at Home

#1. Place all ingredients, except ground beef and water, in a zip lock baggie. Do not zip close the baggie; fold it over and roll it from the bottom up to get out as much air as possible.6 Traps to Place on Your Property Against Looting Rioters#2. In a mylar bag or vacuum sealer bag put the freeze-dried ground beef and the zip lock baggie with ingredients from Step 1 above.6 Traps to Place on Your Property Against Looting Rioters#3. Put oxygen absorber into the mylar bag (not needed if using vacuum sealer bag).

#4. Squeeze out as much air as you can, then seal mylar bag using a household iron, a straight iron (for hair), or an impulse sealer. Seal-vacuum the bag using vacuum sealer.Meal in a Bag: Hamburger Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Cooking in Bag Directions

#1. Remove the zip lock baggie (and oxygen absorber if applicable) and set aside.

#2. Boil the water and pour the boiling water into the mylar or vacuum sealer bag with the freeze-dried ground beef and stir.

#3. Zip or clamp close and put into a bag cozy, or wrap with towel/shirt (anything to help keep it hot).

#4. Let sit for approximately 10-15 minutes.

#5. Add ingredients from zip lock baggie and stir. Let it sit for one minute.

Cooking over a Fire/ Cook Stove Directions

#1. Remove zip lock baggie (and oxygen absorber if applicable) and set aside.

#2. Pour 1-1/2 cups water and freeze-dried ground beef into pot.

#3. Bring to a boil.

#4. Remove from heat.

#5. Cover and place in a cozy or wrap a towel/shirt (anything to help keep it hot). Let sit for approximately 10-15 minutes.

#6. Add ingredients from zip lock baggie and stir. Let sit one minute.

Related: Making Your Own MREs at Home

Microwave Cooking Instructions

#1. Remove zip lock baggie (and oxygen absorber if applicable) and set aside. Place freeze dried ground beef in a microwavable bowl and set aside.

#2. Boil 1-1/2 cups of water in microwave.

#3. Add the boiling water to the bowl with freeze dried ground beef and stir.

#4. Cover bowl and microwave for 1 minute.

#5. Let sit, covered, in microwave for approximately 10-15 minutes.

#6. Add ingredients from zip lock baggie and stir. Let sit one minute.

Here’s the video on how to make this delicious and savory recipe:

I do hope you will give this new recipe a try! And, if you do, please leave a comment below and let me know how it turned out and if you liked it. As far as I could find, there aren’t any commercially prepared hamburger gravy and mashed potatoes meals available anywhere. If you happen to run across some, would you please let me know in the comments below? I’m just curious about it.

Editor’s note: This article was gladly contributed by Joy and first appeared on www.christianpreppergal.com. Joy is the founder and owner of the blog site Christian Prepper Gal. She is very active on social media, including her YouTube channel. She is a mother of four, grandmother of 13 and great grandmother of two. It is her heart’s desire to help others in any way she can.

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