Check it out! It's so simple to make your own, homemade ranch dressing and dip seasoning mix from scratch, and it tastes just like the popular brand we all know and love
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Check it out! It's so simple to make your own, homemade ranch dressing and dip seasoning mix from scratch. My sister Maggie came up with this delicious seasoning mix blend and it tastes just like the HVR brand we all know and love, but with none of the preservatives you'll find in the store-bought packets.
Buttermilk - Avoid the waste by buying the powdered stuff
When I was growing up, Mom would need to buy the occasional carton of buttermilk for various recipes. It would never go to waste, because Dad loved to drink it, usually straight from the carton. But nowadays, drinking buttermilk isn't very common, and generally only a small amount is needed in recipes.
Thankfully, today there's a great alternative - powdered buttermilk. Kudos to the smart mind that dreamt up this modern convenience! The shelf life is much longer than the fresh kind, and it works just as well. This recipe for Ranch Seasoning Mix calls for powdered buttermilk so there's no need to go out and buy fresh when you're to mix up a batch of ranch dressing.
Ranch Dressing - the story behind it
According to Wikipedia, ranch dressing was invented in Alaska during the early 1950's by plumbing contractor Steve Henson when he mixed up the ingredients for his plumbing crews. He later retired to Santa Barbara, California, where he and his wife purchased a ranch, renaming it Hidden Valley Ranch. Steve revived the dressing recipe in his ranch kitchen for his ranch guests, and its popularity led him to begin packaging the mix for sale in 1957. In 1972, the wild success of Steve's dressing mix allowed him to retire once again, when Clorox purchased the brand for $8 million.
Dual duty for this homemade ranch dressing and dip seasoning mix
Just like its store-bought namesake, this seasoning mix can be mixed up as either a ranch dressing or its equally famous partner, ranch dip. Only the mixers change!
Storing the Ranch Seasoning Mix
In its dried form, store it in an airtight container for up to three months in the refrigerator - remember, there are no preservatives in this mix! Popping it in the freezer will allow you to keep it much longer.
If you've mixed it up for Ranch Dressing or Ranch Dip, store it based on the shelf-life of the sour cream you've mixed it with. Be sure to check the expiration date of the sour cream before you discard the container.
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Ranch Seasoning Mix for Dressing and Dip
- 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon ground dried mustard
- ½ teaspoon dried or fresh finely chopped chives
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons powdered cultured buttermilk
- Mix and store the dried seasoning blend in an airtight container (glass containers work the best).
To mix up Ranch Dressing
- Mix the prepared seasoning mix with: 2 teaspoon lemon juice½ cup sour cream½ cup mayonnaise½ cup waterLet the mixed dressing meld flavors for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
To mix up Ranch Dip
- Mix the prepared seasoning mix with: 2 teaspoon lemon juice1 cup sour creamAgain, let the mixed dip meld flavors for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.