Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
Skip the store-bought packets and know EXACTLY what you’re getting with this easy Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix! Makes the equivalent of one packet.
Recreating the convenience foods of days gone by, from scratch, is quickly turning into a personal crusade of mine.
Sure, I wonder what all those unpronounceable ingredients on any given label are, as much as the next person. I roll my eyes at the rising cost of Hidden Valley Ranch packets.
But what I REALLY fear, what keeps me up at night, is stale, artificial tastes.
That condensed cream of chicken soup from my childhood? It’s doesn’t taste as good in real life as it does in my memory.
Those packets of taco seasoning? Equal parts stale and blah.
And as for dry ranch mix…. well, let’s just say I’ll take my Santa Clarita Valley over the Hidden Valley any day.
The only potential hurdle you will face to escape the Hidden Valley is: You’ll need powdered buttermilk. I learned about powdered buttermilk several years ago from Cook’s Illustrated and it’s a really convenient ingredient. These days most grocery stores and even Walmart have it on their shelves.
It keeps indefinitely in the refrigerator and is great for all your cooking and baking needs. I still use real buttermilk if I’m making something fresh such as homemade buttermilk ranch dressing, but the powdered version works for everything else.
Beyond the Buttermilk
Once you’ve located your powdered buttermilk, the rest is just common pantry spices that you probably already have.
Whisk everything together in a small bowl and you’re set! Use your ranch dressing mix immediately or store it in the refrigerator.
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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
- 2 tablespoons powdered buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried chopped onion
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Pinch black pepper
- In small bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Use immediately or store covered in the refrigerator.
Per the manufacturer's website, the powdered buttermilk is gluten free.
To make a large batch of Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix (equivalent to 10 packets), combine the following (1 packet is equivalent to 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon but personally I would just round up or down to 3 or 4 tablespoons to use it):
- 1 1/4 cup powdered buttermilk
- 1/2 cup dried parsley
- 1/4 cup onion powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dried chopped onion
- 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed
- 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
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