Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

Here's an easy recipe to make your own dry ranch dressing mix.  I had everything on hand; including buttermilk powder. If you don't have buttermilk powder, you can still make this, just mix with buttermilk instead of milk. Actually, mixing this with milk and mayo produces a pretty thin dressing, so you may want to use buttermilk anyway.  To make this thicker, I used plain Greek yogurt in place of half of the milk. It was thick and delicious!!  I do use the dry Ranch packets you can buy, but those contain MSG, and this doesn't. :)

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix
adapted from Gimme Some Oven

1/3 cup dry buttermilk (**see note below**)
2 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. dried onion flakes
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. dried chives
1 tsp. salt

1.  Whisk all ingredients together until blended. If you want a more finely-ground seasoning mix, you can pulse the mixture in a food processor until it reaches your desired consistency.  Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

**To Make Ranch Dressing: Combine 1 Tbsp. seasoning mix with 1/3 cup mayo and 1/3 cup milk (or buttermilk OR Greek yogurt, to add thickness), and whisk to combine.

**You can omit the buttermilk powder if you would like to use fresh buttermilk, or if you would just like the straight spices for the seasoning mix.**
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