Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Home made Buttermilk Ranch Mix

"How are you?" has become a rather loaded question, as of late.  Do you really want to know?!  As you can see from my absence from this blog, and if you know me personally, there is so, so, so much going on.

Over the course of a couple months we've had multiple losses to both sides of our families.
Another big adjustment is that we are transitioning from being the children, to becoming the caregivers, which is almost harder to deal with than a loss.
I don't want to air too much drama, or make my blog a downer; people certainly have much more traumatic circumstances and loss to deal with in this world.  This is just normal, albeit hard, life stuff.
I can only answer that loaded question, with "I'm hanging in there"...and its the truth.

I'm hardly doing any cooking or baking at the moment.  It's been so busy, and we're just so physically and emotionally exhausted.  But, I'm not so good at the fast food thing, one must for me, is a salad.  Winter, Summer, Spring, or Fall, it doesn't matter, I'll always be eating a salad for at least one meal a day.  In the warmer days during the summer months though, the rest of the fam will go for a salad for dinner too!  Hooray!

One new condiment we're all enjoying right now is this Home made Buttermilk Ranch Mix.  Try it as a dressing on a simple garden salad, or roll that salad it into a wrap with some chicken (kid approved!). Or try making it into a dip, and take it to the beach to eat with some chopped veg.
This base mix is versatile, chemical-free, and Yum, Yum, Yummy.

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Mix
Recipe Adapted From: Simply Scratch

1 cup buttermilk powder (I found mine at Bulk Barn)
2 1/2 Tablespoons dried parsley (reserve half)
2 teaspoons dried dill (reserve half)
2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons onion salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
2 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Using a small food processor or blender, add in the dried buttermilk, 2 tablespoons dried parsley, 1 teaspoon dried dill. Place the remaining 1/2 tablespoon parsley and 1 teaspoon dried dill and set off to the side.
Next add in the onion powder, dried onion flakes, salt, sugar, paprika, cayenne, salt & pepper, and process until the spices are blended into the buttermilk powder.
Transfer the ranch mix into a jar or container with a lid and add in the reserved parsley and dill, and shake or stir to combine.
Store in the fridge for 3-4 months or in the freezer for 6-8.

Home made Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Sour Cream
3-5 Tablespoons Homemade Ranch Dressing
1/4 - 1/2 cup of Milk or Buttermilk

Home made Buttermilk Ranch Dip
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Sour Cream
4 Tablespoons Homemade Ranch Dip


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