"A WONDERFUL dry ranch mix you put together yourself, then just mix with mayo and buttermilk. Get your seasonings on the 'ethnic or mexican' aisle of the market in bags, much cheaper! Enjoy!" — BZBMOMOF3
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crushed saltine crackers
dried minced onion
dried dill weed
ground black pepper
First, I cut this down to 4 servings. I made this to use in the "ranch oyster crackers" from this site. I omitted the saltine crackers, used 1/4 tsp garlic salt and 1/8 tsp onion salt (watching our salt intake). I had a dill mix from the pampered chef. This made a nice and mild flavor to the oyster crackers (wasn't over powering in our soup). I will make this into salad dressing next.
not sure how to quite rate this, as it was a base to what I actually made... I used the dried parsley, garlic salt, onion salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dried dill weed but subbed 1/2 cup dried buttermilk for saltines. also used teaspoons instead of cups for smaller batch. was a good base though.
This mix is just what it claims to be a dry ranch mix. You can add or sub but this base is good on its own. Do not omit the crackers as it lends the texture and a certain flavor. Measure out as needed for recipes. I've used it in a dip and in a chicken marinade recipe and both had the flavor I was looking for.
I have been using this recipe as is for years. It is good. The flavor is just about spot on for Hidden Valley. My only complaint has been that it does not thicken like Hidden Valley especially for using as a dip. I also like the idea of using a buttermilk powder. So when I mixed up a batch this time, I did not use the saltines, but added a 1/2 cup buttermilk powder instead. The flavor is still great. When I mixed up the dressing, just used milk instead of buttermilk since I had used the powder. This recipe is great for using in other recipes, meals that ask for a package of dry Hidden Valley. It's way cheaper & of course far healthier. Also, I use good Celtic sea salt & don't like to use the premade onion & garlic salts because the table salt in it is horrible. So I omitted the garlic & onion salts, and instead did the conversions needed to add an extra tablespoon of garlic & onion powder & the salt separately. I worked out great. I'm experimenting now w/ added a bit of guar gum which is a natural thickener to see if I can thicken it up. Then it will be perfect! Also, my next experiment will be to mix some up using greek yogurt instead of mayo to see how that tastes & see if I can make it a nice lite ranch!
This is way better than ranch packets and has no msg.
No more seasoning packets! I scaled the mix way back to 10. I want to try it out before I make a years supply. That produced about 2 packets worth of seasoning mix. I put half in a season jar and put in in the rack, and with the other half I made ranch dip. Also, I added about a tbsp of dry milk. Thanks!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Dry Ranch Mix
Serving Size: 1/300 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 300
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: < 1
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