Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
What CANNOT be dipped in ranch dressing?

The answer? Not much.

We go through more ranch dressing in our house than any other condiment. By far. And we are not alone. Ranch dressing is the top choice of salad dressing, and ranch dip is found in virtually every veggie tray you see. I have loved ranch dressing for years.

And then I started reading labels.

Most commercially sold ranch dressing is filled with things I would rather not feed myself or my family. Fillers and preservatives. Gluten, MSG, and even corn syrup. Why? It is just not necessary.

That is when I started making my own. And it is so easy y'all! You can whip this together in minutes, have plenty to make several batches of ranch dressing or ranch dip, and you are completely in control of the ingredients.

It is healthier, with no mystery ingredients. On top of that, it is cheaper than buying at the store!

The key ingredient is buttermilk powder. You can find that in most grocery stores on the baking aisle. Sometimes I have also found it near the powdered milk. This is what will make your ranch dressing (or dip) taste like the real thing.

Once you have your dry mix prepped, just add it to some milk and mayonnaise and sourcream for dressing, or sour cream and mayo for dip. Sub out the milk with fresh buttermilk for more of that tangy flavor!

In addition to dressing and dip, this seasoning mix is a great way to coat chicken tenders, potato wedges, homemade popcorn, and more!

INGREDIENTS
1/2 c. Dry Buttermilk Powder 
1 tbsp. Dried Parsley
2 tsp. Dried Dill Weed
1 tsp. Freeze Dried Chives
1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 tbsp. Onion Powder
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper

Homemade Ranch Dip
Mix together ¼ cup of ranch seasoning mix with 1 cup of sour cream, 1 cup of mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons buttermilk.

Homemade Ranch Dressing
Mix together ¼ cup ranch seasoning mix with 1 cup mayonnaise, ½ cup sour cream, and ½ cup buttermilk.


3 Top Ways to Redeem a Kitchen Blunder

3 Top Ways to Redeem a Kitchen Blunder
We've all been there. High hopes and great intentions turn into dismay and disappointment.

Menu planning? Check.
Grocery shopping? Check.
Ingredient prep? Check.
Mistake that could ruin dinner? Check, check, check. 

In the past, you may have thrown out that big pot of a mistake or fed it to the dog. But you do not have to anymore!

There are lots of ways to take a mishap in the kitchen and transform it into a masterpiece on the dinner table. Most of those fixes can fall under one of three approaches. 

The first route you can take is to change the volume or amount of what you are cooking. Too much salt in the soup? Make more soup, and then the amount of salt is in better proportion to the amount overall. Too much milk in the baked potato soup? Add more potatoes and other veggies to even it out. Increasing how much you make is especially helpful when you will be feeding a crowd anyhow. 

Another option is to adjust your seasonings. Too much salt, flavor too bland, or too sour? All of these concerns (and more!) can be addressed by adjusting your flavorings. You can add potato to a dish that is too salty, and the potato will absorb some of the salt as it cooks. When a dish is too bland, the sky is the limit. You can add herbs, spices, salt, or vinegar to amp up the flavor. Speaking of vinegar, what if your dish is too sour because you were a bit heavy-handed with the vinegar bottle? Try adding something sweet.  Honey, milk, and caramelized onions will all help you turn the corner on that one. 

If you cannot up the volume, and you need to do more than just alter the ratio of the seasonings in your dish, your third option is to repurpose entirely. I used this one in our kitchen just this week. Mistakenly adding tomatoes with jalapenos and habaneros (instead of tomatoes with garlic, basil, and oregano) to homemade marinara sauce caused our sauce to be WAY too spicy for our spaghetti. And way too spicy for our kids to eat it. Instead of throwing the pot of sauce in the garbage bin, I decided to use that base to create a pot of chili. A can of kidney beans, some ground beef, a little chili powder and cumin, and VOILA! Marinara repurposed into chili. We tried it over corn chips and topped with cheese. Frito pie was not on the menu for this week, but I am so glad it found its way into our kitchen just the same. 

Cooking a meal for the fam, like so much in life, does not always go according to plan. How we respond, though, could just turn into a fantastic, although unexpected, dinner.

Here’s a video on how I did this myself recently. https://youtu.be/byZupnKDbmM
 Enjoy!
 
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