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Monday, November 19, 2012

Homemade Ranch Seasoning (or dressing mix)

Hey there,

I'm quite busy in my "real" life right now so this is a quick and simple post about something I've wondered about making for a long time.

I love ranch flavored things. Veggie chips or straws, chips, crackers, pretzels, veggies with ranch dip, ranch dressing on salads. It's a good flavor profile.

So, my mom got a big bag of veggie straws at Costco which are just sea salt flavor. That's ok, but I like the ranch much more, so I thought I should go out and buy a packet or two of ranch seasoning and sprinkle it over my veggie straws. But thinking about it, ranch seasoning seems like an easy thing you should be able to whip up, so I did a quick google search and got a bunch of recipes, messed around, and came up with my own.

It's super easy, and you probably already have all of the ingredients except the dry buttermilk, which is at every grocery store. You can make easy yummy homemade ranch seasoning for flavoring or making dressing for pennies compared to the cost of packets, and you get to control what goes into it- how much salt, and no artificial flavors or preservatives.

Your very simple ingredients- spices, buttermilk powder, and a jar to put it all in!

Here it is with everything thrown in the jar, but not mixed up yet. Just screw on the lid and shake!

Homemade Ranch Seasoning
-1/3 cup dry buttermilk (in spice/baking section)
-1 tablespoon dried parsley
-1 1/2 teaspoons salt
-1 teaspoon dried dill
-1 teaspoon onion powder
-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients and mix well. If you want it ground more finely you can pulse it in the food processor or blender for a few seconds.
Use it to season chips, crackers, and other snacks, or add a little mayo and milk to make homemade ranch dressing or dip.
Feel free to vary the ratios of the seasoning, depending on your tastes- more or less salt, etc. You could also try more or different herbs, some red pepper for spiciness, or whatever you like- go wild!

Your finished ranch seasoning- use it for anything you can think of!

Savor it!
love, rue

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