In order to expose the true value of cooking from scratch and the actual cost of dinner mixes, I bought a box of a cheeseburger dinner mix.
The actual cost of the box was 2.09. That works out to 5.77 cents a pound for the whole box.
The amount of macaroni in it is 4.23 ounces, about .21 cents
When you subrtract the amount of the macaroni, that leaves you 1.57 OZ for the sauce. That means, that you are paying 1.88 for 1.57 ounces of cornstarch, salt, and spices, dry milk and cheese powder. The ingredients have to be listed in order of volume. Cheese is the last on the list. There is more cornstarch than cheese powder and the total of all of it is 1.57 OUNCES.
That's about 13.28 a pound for cornstarch, tomato powder, salt, parsley, paprika and cheese powder.
You still have to add the hamburger. And milk.
Scratch hamburger macaroni is cheaper, more nutritious and doesn't take much more time.
You open two packages instead of one to make the same version.
My Cheeseburger Macaroni
Cook 1/2 lb macaroni until done.
Sauté 1 celery stick, finely chopped and 1 slice red pepper, chopped in 1T olive oil until soft, add tsp each of onion powder and garlic powder.
Add 3/4 pound hamburger and cook until no longer pink (or use already cooked hamburger.
Add 1 can of diced tomatoes,drained and 1/2 can tomato paste.
You can add the tomato "juice "to the pasta water if you don't want to waste it.
Simmer 15 min until flavours blend.
Add cooked macaroni and pasta water if needed to make it the right consistency.
Add 1 cup (2 oz) of grated cheese and cover. Cook on low heat until cheese is melted
1.75 for other ingredients plus hamburger and you have more nutritious food.
You are getting a whole cup of tomatoes,plus the tomato paste instead of less than a tsp of dried tomato and a cup of real cheese.
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