6/4/13

Out of the Bottle: Ranch Dressing

 

 
My kids love vegetables. Well, they love ranch dressing and that is kind of the same thing. Okay, it is not even close. Not even that "light" garbage that tries to disguise itself as a health food. Ranch from the store is filled with chemical garbage and rancid vegetable oil.

Ingredients:
Vegetable oil, egg yolk, sugar, salt, buttermilk, spices, garlic, onion, vinegar, phosphoric acid, xanthan gum, modified food starch, MSG, artificial flavors, disodium phosphate, sorbic acid, calcium disodium EDTA, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate.

Compare that to my dressing made out of the bottle.

Ingredients:
 
 
Dried onion, Dried Parsley, Dried Dill, Garlic Powder, Sea Salt, Pepper, Cream and Cultured Sour Cream.
 
Anything you didn't recognize? I didn't think so. Best of all you can find all of the ingredients on a farm. You can actually produce them yourself. That is the goal for me.
 
The dried ranch powder is great as a seasoning. I use it in slow cooker chicken or beef. I add it to cream soup to make Hawaiian Haystacks. Or mix with sour cream for dip, thin it out for salad dressing.
 
To make ranch powder:
 
10 T Dried Parsley
5 t Dried dill
5 t Garlic powder
5 T Dried Onion flakes or 5 t Onion powder
3 t Dried Basil (optional)
1/2 t Pepper
1 t Sea Salt (more if desired)
Mix thoroughly and store in container.
 
To make Ranch Dressing, add 2-3 tsp of dried mix to cultured sour cream. Thin it to desired consistency with cream or milk. Lasts about a week in the fridge.
 
 
Go ahead kids, dip away! And don't be worried about the fat. Many of the vitamins in our veggies are fat soluble and will do us no good with that low fat mess from the store.
 
Time savers tip: I like to make up little cups and keep in the refrigerator to send in lunch boxes. 
If you bag the carrots too, you can toss both in quickly.
 
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 Also shared at Meatless Monday

25 comments:

  1. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. Hope you will join us!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

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    1. Yes, I have been there. You are on my blogs that keep me hopping page! Thanks.

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  2. I need to try this. I've read before the ranch dressing is not healthy for you, and that's what my children prefer with their veggies as well. :) I'm not sure if it would change the taste a lot, but one way to lower the fat content would be to use plain greek yogurt rather than sour cream. Thanks for sharing! I'll be pinning this for all of my friends to see. :)

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    1. I have made it with greek yogurt. It had good flavor, but was not the same texture. Also, I am not the really the low fat type. Fat is a good thing and leaves us feeling fuller longer. But try it out and see what you think! Thanks for visiting.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this post on our From the Farm Blog Hop. I can't wait to make this for my family.

    I just pinned this post to a few of my Pinterest boards and shared it on the From the Farm Facebook page . I know that my followers will love this recipe as much as I did. I hope that you'll come back and link up again next week!

    Jennifer @1840Farm

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  4. Thank you for sharing this post on our From the Farm Blog Hop. I can't wait to make this for my family.

    I just pinned this post to a few of my Pinterest boards and shared it on the From the Farm Facebook page . I know that my followers will love this recipe as much as I did. I hope that you'll come back and link up again next week!

    Jennifer @1840Farm

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  5. Oh wow, this is pretty cool! We are a "Ranch" family and we love it. My youngest especially loves it with his carrots. I think it would be pretty cool to make it from scratch!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party today! :)

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  6. Thanks for the recipe...will have to pin this one!

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  7. This looks good and easy! :-) Visiting from Traditional Tuesday!
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

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  8. Cool! I'm going to pin this. Thanks again for sharing your posts at the hop. :)

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  9. I so agree that it's better to have the homemade. I'm trying to make more of these type things. And I like the idea of being able to make it up dry ahead. Thanks.

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  10. I can't wait to try this...my kids love ranch! Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  11. Yummy! I never thought about using it with sour cream. I use mayo and buttermilk. Thanks so much for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop! I'm really enjoying your homemade pantry recipes. :)

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    1. I don't use mayo because I have not found a store bought version that doesn't make me cringe. Tried to make my own. As the kids would say: EPIC fail!

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  12. Awesome! I am going to try this! Got it pinned and tweeted!

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  13. Oh thank you for posting a home made recipe. I live in Australia and must say Ranch Dressing and dipping baby carrots is a wonderful memory of trips to the US.

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    1. All the way from Australia? Boy the internet makes it a small world! I hope you enjoy the ranch.

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  14. I LOVE homemade dressings and so does my husband.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. Looking forward to seeing what you share this week!

    http://marysheirloomseeds.com/heirloom-seeds.html

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  15. I tried this last night and it is awesome! I have really missed ranch dressing, but can't bring myself to eat the bottled junk. You have brought this back for me! So happy!!!

    :)

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  16. I will need to try and make this! I might use some of the herbs fresh, given the time of year. What do you think?
    Jennifer @Mom's Got Mail

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    1. Oh Jennifer, I think fresh herbs would be awesome in this. I have just a tiny bit of parsley up, but none of the others that go in this yet. Let me know how it turns out.

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  17. Hi just checking T = tablespoon and t = teaspoon thanks

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  18. Hi - how much sour cream are you mixing with the 2-3 tsp of dried mix? Thanks!

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    1. Wow, I cant believe no one has ever caught that! 1 cup sour cream. Start with 1tsp of seasoning and add more if you want it stronger.

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