Friday, September 9, 2016

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

This summer while my sister was staying with us, she shared my grandma's ranch dressing recipe with me. It is a million times better than store-bought, but it calls for buttermilk. I have a couple of problems with that. First, I hardly ever have buttermilk on hand. Second, if I do happen to have it or remember to buy it, I can pretty much never use the whole carton before it goes bad. Enter one of my new favorite ingredients: BUTTERMILK POWDER!

This product is a revelation! Not too long ago, we got a new Safeway in our neighborhood. The old one stayed open for a few months and then eventually closed this summer. Before closing, the store needed to get rid of its inventory so all the pantry items went 50% off. By the time we made it over there to check out the deals, most of the good stuff was gone. But I did happen to notice the buttermilk powder in the baking section. I picked it up and then promptly forgot about it until the other day when I wanted to make dressing to eat with some veggies from our CSA. I didn't have buttermilk but remembered the powder languishing in the pantry. I mixed up the amount of buttermilk I needed then proceeded with the rest of the recipe. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it tasted just the same as using fresh buttermilk. 

That got me thinking that maybe I could use the buttermilk powder to mix up my own ranch seasoning mix. I see a lot of recipes that call for ranch mix but I'm not too crazy about all the preservatives hiding in those Hidden Valley packets. Not to mention how expensive they are! I decided to give it a try and it was so good I'll never go back. You can mix up just one recipe's worth or you can mix up a big batch to have on hand. Check out my video and the recipe below!

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix
Prep: 5 minutes
Yield: 5 1/2 tablespoons = 1 storebought packet

1/4 cup buttermilk powder
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon Accent (optional)

Combine ingredients and use immediately or store in the fridge.

To make ranch dressing: Combine seasoning mix with 1 cup milk or water and 1 cup mayonnaise. 

To make ranch dip: Combine with 2 cups sour cream or 1 cup sour cream and 1 cup mayonnaise.