Ranch Dressing from Scratch!

We live in a busy world where not much is homemade anymore.  Who has time for that???  You do!  You can cook from scratch in no time if you have your mixes prepared ahead of time.

Making your own mixes can save you money at the grocery store, save you time (when you have them pre-made), and help you rotate your food storage all at the same time!   It’s simple and only takes a few minutes of prep time. 

Start by making a list of the mixes you use (i.e., pancakes, waffles, muffins, cookies, salad dressings, etc.).  Next, gather the recipes for those that you want to make ahead of time and add any items that you don’t have on hand to your grocery list so you can pick them up next time you are at the store.  (This is also a great way to see what you need to have in your food storage!)  Then schedule some time – it really doesn’t take much – to put your mixes together.  You can store them in a Ziploc or in a Tupperware container.  Add all your dry ingredients and then make a label for the front of the bag with the name of the item and the instructions to complete it (all the wet ingredients, how to cook it, mix it, etc.).  Voila!  You are done and anyone in your house can help you cook because all they have to do is follow the simple instructions on the front of the baggie!

Here is a simple recipe for ranch dressing to get you started:

Ranch Dressing Dry Mix



7 Saltine Crackers

2 Tbsp. Garlic Salt

2 Tbsp. Onion Powder

3.4 cup Dry Minced Parsley Flakes

1/4 cup Minced Dry Onion

1 Tbsp. Dry Dill Weed

2 Tbsp. Garlic Powder

Note:  If you would like to use powdered milk instead of fresh buttermilk (Conversion Listed Below) Add 1/4 cup non-instant powdered milk into the mix.



Blend crackers in blender on high speed until it’s a powder.  Add parsley, minced onion, and dill weed.  Blend again until it’s powdered.  Pour mixture into a bowl.  Stir in onion powder, garlic salt, and garlic powder.

Store in a container with a tight fitting lid at room temperature for up to one year. 



Add 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 cup buttermilk, (1 cup water, 1/4 cup non-instant powdered milk, 1 tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice) and 1 Tbsp. Dry Ranch Dressing Mix. 


Note:  Buttermilk can also be made by adding 1 Tbsp. Cider Vinegar or 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice to a 1 cup  size measuring cup and filling the rest of the cup with milk.  Wisk together and chill for 10-15 minutes before serving.


You can use this recipe over salads, on chicken and anywhere that you use ranch dressing.  It’s delicious! 


Posted on May 15, 2009, in Everything Family, Food Storage, Food Storage & Emergency Preparedness, Mixes, Recipes and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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