Back in the day, I used to go shopping across the American Border a few times a year. By that I don’t mean shopping for clothing or stuff like that I mean Grocery shopping. I have always loved to Grocery shop and I especially loved Grocery shopping in America.
They had many things that we did not have available to us in Canada. Things like dry Italian Salad Dressing Mix and Dry Ranch Seasoning Mix. Those were things I like to use, not so much for salads, etc, but in other things.
Although to be sure I did make salad dressings with them from time to time. I especially loved the Italian one. You could make it lower fat if you wanted to. I have been dieting and trying to eat low fat for years not that it has done me any good.
There is no such thing here in the UK, those mises. You can get them from America supply shops from time to time, but they are usually out of stock and if you do find them, they cost an arm and a leg.
The mix itself without the buttermilk powder is relatively easy to compose. It is a pure mix of dried herbs and spices.
Onion powder and garlic powder. Make sure you don’t use salts. You want the pure powders. I didn’t have any onion powder, so I just blitzed onion flakes in a spice grinder to turn it into powder.
There is also some dried parsley, dried dillweed, dried chives and yes, onion flakes. Double the onion blast! There is also ground black pepper and fine sea salt.
It goes together in a snap. You can add the buttermilk powder, or not as you wish. I chose to add it. If you add the powder you can keep it for a month in the refrigerator or even longer in the freezer.
I have never had a dry America Turkey. We used to bring the children with us and we would bring back at least four turkeys. (Bringing back 7 would be selfish!)
But we did bring back four. That would give us one for Christmas, one for Thanksgiving, one for Easter and one for whenever. Yes, we loved turkey. I still do.
And I have to say I love this dressing mix. It is so quick and easy to make and it is delicious. I can see me using it for all sorts.
Of course the first thing I had to do was to make a salad with it. I didn’t have a lot of salad ingredients in the house, bar lettuce and tomatoes.
But the good thing is, if you know what you are doing, you can make a salad out of just about anything. I had some courgette/zucchini and I chopped that up.
Then I added some green beans, boccoli, corn, peas and red onion. It was tres yummy. Tres yummy indeed!
Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix
- 2 TBS dried parsley leaves
- 2 tsp dried dill weed
- 2 tsp garlic powder (not salt)
- 2 tsp onion powder (not salt)
- 2 tsp dried onion flakes
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp dried chives
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/3 cup (42g) buttermilk powder (see note)
- Measure all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk together until thorougly combined. (You can pulse it in a spice grinder or food processor if you want a finer mix. I like it as it is.)
- Store in an airtight container in a dark place for up to a year. If you have used the buttermilk powder, you will have to keep it in the refrigerator. It will keep one month.
- 3 TBS of this seasoning (with buttermilk powder) is the equivalent of 1 package of storebought ranch seasoning mix.
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