In an attempt for our family to eat smarter, I've been making our own sauces, dips, syrups, etc. (and we've made some other pretty drastic changes to our family diet, but that's for another post!)
In order to stay away from high fructose corn syrup, food coloring, unnecessary soy, (etc.) it just seems you have to make most condiments yourself! So I've been doing a lot of experimenting!
So far, I've made a yummy chocolate syrup, a berry sauce (to put on yogurt and oatmeal), barbeque sauce, a coffee creamer, and a ranch dip/dressing that is our new family favorite!
For the ranch sauce I've combined 2 recipes I found and now have the perfect mix!
First, put these ingredients in a bowl or bag and get them all good and mixed up:
- 1 1/4 cup Parsley Flakes (finely chopped)
- 3/4 cup Granulated Onion
- 1/2 cup Garlic Salt
- 1/4 cup Garlic
- 1/4 cup Pepper
- 2 Tablespoons Dill Weed
- 2 Tablespoons Salt
Then, I transferred the mix into a large mason jar.
Whenever we want ranch dip, I take 1 Tablespoon of the above mixture and combine it with:
- 1 cup (natural) Sour Cream
- 1/2 cup (real) Mayonnaise
So, the dry mix lasts FOREVER since you are only using a tablespoon full when you make it! I'm not sure how long the mixture lasts once it's made with the wet ingredients...maybe 2 weeks? Ours gets eaten up long before then, so it's hard to tell!
This mix is great on salad (you can add a little water if you like it to be more runny) or as a dip!
Enjoy! And let me know if you have some homemade recipes for dips or sauces!