Monday, March 11, 2013

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

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!

Ranch Dressing/Dip
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!


Kara said...

I need to see how close this is to mine, which I got from the Heavenly Homemakers webpage. I think yours has a few additions. I also use 2 T. This would last longer.

I also make my own taco seasoning and Italian dressing.

Would love to have your chocolate syrup recipe... I only *like* mine :)

Can't wait to hear about your changes. We have made a lot of the same changes with the main purpose of no - gmos which means buying some things organic!

Glad you are blogging again!

The Blackley Tribe said...

Thanks for the recipe, I'll have to try it sometime. We, too, try to stay away from pre-made mixes and have cut out high fructose corn syrup after Jason was diagnosed with Lyme Disease a few years ago. I would LOVE your berry and chocolate sauce recipes ;)

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