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    US/UK crossover question!

    Hi folks, I'm having great fun here - I want to make a couple of US thanksgiving favourities that I like the sound of, but I'm having a bit of trouble with some of the ingredients!

    Does anyone know what would be the UK equivalents of these US items, please?

    "A jar of dried meat"
    "Eagle Brand milk" (condensed milk?)
    "Cool whip"
    "Graham Cracker crust"

    Many thanks in advance!
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    Re: US/UK crossover question!

    The nearest my wife (US ex-pat) and I have found to Graham Crackers are digestive biscuits (used for the base for a Boston Cream Pie) <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15>. You can get Graham Crackers in UK but at a fearful price.
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    Re: US/UK crossover question!

    Thanks, Steve - so a 'graham cracker pie crust' would be a biscuit base, like the base of a cheesecake?
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    Re: US/UK crossover question!

    Yes. 'er indoors keeps her Boston Cream Pie recipe under wraps but the base is certainly a cheesecake type base.
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    Re: US/UK crossover question!

    Dried meat is meat jerky, for example beef jerky.
    Eagle Brand milk is condensed milk sweetened with cane sugar. You could use unsweetened condensed milk and add sugar.
    Cool whip is imitation whipped cream. You could substitute real whipped cream.

    (Neither of these ingredients sound appetizing to me, I must admit)

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    Re: US/UK crossover question!

    I suppose you can use strips of beef jerky. Corned beef isn't really dried - it contains much more moisture than beef jerky. See for example here - a jar containing 32 strips of beef jerky.

    Here in the Netherlands, I've only seen the aerosol version of imitation whipped cream, not something that comes in tubs like Cool Whip.

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    Re: US/UK crossover question!

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Don't worry, Hans, they're not all in the same recipe!! The dried meat is for a "meaty cheese ball" and the others for "million dollar pie".

    I've seen beef jerky, but doesn't that usually come in strips? I've certainly never seen a 'jar' of beef jerky! I was wondering if it was something like Corned Beef, but I'm not sure if corned beef is dried ...

    Can you buy immitation whipped cream? In a package, I mean, not like in those aerosol can things?
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    Re: US/UK crossover question!

    Cool Whip is a frozen, non-dairy whipped cream imitation, sold in the frozen foods sections of US markets. I don't know if it is available on that side of the pond.
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    Re: US/UK crossover question!

    Forgot to add this site as a general referece to the one Hans posted.
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    Re: US/UK crossover question!

    Hi Beryl,

    The dried beef in a jar is a product produced by the Hormel Co. You can find info on it by clicking on this link Hormel Dried Beef. It is used in a number of ways, when I was a kid my mom would cook this with a gravy and spoon it over toasted bread, "Chipped Beef on Toast" (we had other names for it).

    As for the Sweetened Condensed Milk there are two alternates that I know of:

    1) Without Evaporated Milk-

    Pour 1/2 cup of boiling water into a blender.
    Add 1 cup of nonfat dry milk.
    Add 2/3 cup sugar.
    Add 3 tablespoons of melted butter.

    2) With Evaporated Milk-

    Mix 1 cup of evaporated milk with
    1-1/4 cups of sugar in a saucepan,
    Heat until the sugar is completely dissolved, and let cool.


    As for your search for Cool Whip, the only possible substitution for this would be a product by Kraft called Dream Whip. Dream Whip is a dry packaged item that I believe is available over on your side of the pond.

    Finally, if Graham Crackers are not readily available over there it is always possible to make your own (probably more work than you might want to get involved in) and then crumble them up for the crust. Here is a recipe for making Graham Crackers that I found on the FoodNetwork.com website just in case

    Graham Crackers courtesy Wayne Harley Brachman, Retro Desserts by Wayne Harley Brachman: William Morrow Publishers, 2000
    Homemade Graham Crackers:
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
    1/2 cup light rye flour (rye flour can be found in health food stores)
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into pea-size bits
    2 tablespoons honey
    2 tablespoon molasses
    1/4 cup cold water
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    Graham Crackers: In a food processor or the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the cold butter and mix or process until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the honey, molasses, water, and vanilla. Mix until the dough comes together in a ball.
    Between 2 sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap, roll the dough 1/2-inch thick. Chill for 1 hour, until firm. Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Lightly flour the dough and roll 1/8-inch thick. With a sharp knife or cookie cutter, cut into 2-inch squares. Arrange the crackers on nonstick or parchment lined cookie sheets. With a fork, prick several holes in each cracker. Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly browned at the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan.

    Yield: 48 crackers

    I hope this helps and good cooking.
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    Re: US/UK crossover question!

    Thanks, Mickey, that's perfect! Now I shall have to get cooking ...!
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    Re: US/UK crossover question!

    Sweetened condensed milk is also popular in carribean and spanish cooking. An ethnic grocery store might help.
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    Re: US/UK crossover question!

    I'm anxious now to see what your whole menu will be. If you need more Thanksgiving ideas, look at my http://food.barasch.com/ food page. Everything in "Holidays" comes to our house.
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    Re: US/UK crossover question!

    I am glad to help. In fact, I would be very happy to assist in the taste-testing department <img src=/S/munch.gif border=0 alt=munch width=19 height=17> !!
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