The holidays are just around the corner, and I’m betting you have at least one holiday recipe that calls for a packet of ranch dressing mix (I know I do). The thing is, I never feel good about buying it. It’s pretty expensive for what it is, and it contains MSG and other artificial yuck. No thanks! So, this week, I made a billion batches of ranch, until I landed on one that tasted as good as (maybe better than) the store-bought mix. Here’s the recipe.
Ranch Dressing Mix
1/2 c powdered buttermilk
4 tsp onion powder
2 Tbsp dried parsley
2 tsp dried dill
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Before we move on to the recipe, I’d like to take a second to talk about powdered buttermilk because it may not be an ingredient that you’re familiar with. It’s something I discovered five or six years ago, and I’ve been buying it ever since. As the name suggests, it’s just buttermilk in powdered form. You measure out what you need, add water and like magic, you have buttermilk. For me, it was a total game changer because it completely eliminated my need for fresh buttermilk. Now, I no longer have to run out for a jug when I want to make a recipe that calls for buttermilk, and I don’t have to figure out what to do with the leftovers (or feel guilty when I forget, and end up having to throw out a partial jug). Those things make my frugal heart happy.
Saco is the most common brand, and that’s what I buy. When I first started using it, it was kind of hard to find. I ordered it off of Amazon back then. Now, most grocery stores seem to stock it in the powdered milk section, so I just buy it at Kroger. It’s quite a bit cheaper there. I paid $4.39 for my last container, and that’s enough to make 3.75 quarts of buttermilk. So, it works out to be cheaper than fresh buttermilk, too.
And bonus: powdered buttermilk can be used to make your own dry mixes, like the ranch dressing mix that I’m about to share. So, let’s get on to the recipe, shall we?
What You Do:
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Then, transfer your finished ranch dressing mix to an air-tight container, and store it in the fridge between uses.
Use 3 Tbsp of mix in place of one packet of store-bought ranch dressing mix.
To Make Ranch Dip: Whisk together 3 Tbsp of ranch dressing mix, 1 cup of mayonnaise and 1 cup of sour cream or plain yogurt.
To Make Ranch Dressing: Whisk together 3 Tbsp of ranch dressing mix, 1 cup of mayonnaise and 1/2 cup of milk.
Tip: I like to use my immersion blender to mix the ingredients. It whips the dip/dressing to a creamy consistency in a hurry.
One batch of ranch dressing mix is enough to make four batches of ranch dressing or dip, with a bit to spare. If you’d like to make a bigger batch, just double or triple the recipe.
Now, if I could just figure out what to do with the gallon of ranch currently taking up space in my fridge. These are just some of my many attempts before I got the recipe right.