Homemade ranch seasoning mix is one of the most versatile mixes you can have in your homestead kitchen arsenal. Let us show you how we make our ranch seasoning mix.
Homemade ranch seasoning mix can be used as a topping for popcorn and other snacks, or it can be mixed into a dip for chips and veggies, or thinner as a dressing for salads. I’ve even heard tell of people adding ranch mix to their Kosher dill pickle recipe!
Our recipe is keto friendly, and if you omit the buttermilk powder, it’s also vegan! What a bonus!
I promise, once you’ve made your own homemade ranch seasoning mix, you won’t ever want to buy the packets in the store again!
Why Make Ranch Seasoning Mix at Home When I Can Buy It At The Store?
That’s a great question that was posed to me by a family member that found out we make our own ranch seasoning. My answer to them was, “Because I know exactly what is going into this mix.” There is no filler, no MSG, and no ingredients that I cannot pronounce. As homesteaders, we generally like to know what’s going into our food, which is why we make a lot of things ourselves.
We’ve seen this recipe called “Homemade Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Mix” in other parts of the world wide web, but our version is much better than Hidden Valley Ranch! Did you know that in a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, Dip and Sauce mix, you’ll find ingredients like:
- Modified Food Starch (to thicken or stabilize a food product, or as an anti-caking agent)
- Sugar (Not necessary.)
- Spices (But what spices?!)
- Maltodextrin (To improve flavor, thickness, or shelf life.)
- Dextrose (Another unnecessary sweetener.)
- Natural & Artificial Flavors (Artificial flavors?! We’ll pass, thanks!)
- Lactic Acid (To make the mix taste tangy, I guess?)
- Calcium Lactate (Yet another thickener.)
- Guar Gum (Seriously, why so many food thickeners?!)
- Disodium (Another salt form to add to the salt already in the packet.)
- Inosinate & Guanylate (More forms of the disodium.)
- Calcium Stearate (Another anti-caking agent… but did you know it’s also the main component of soap scum?! Gross!)
Honestly, it’s a laundry list of unknown (without researching) or unnecessary ingredients that make us want to mix our own seasoning blends at home! All of the ingredients Hidden Valley uses are FDA approved… but do you really want (or need, for that matter) to put all that stuff into your body?
Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix Recipe
What Ingredients Are In Our Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix?
Ingredients for this ranch seasoning mix recipe vary from site to site. After trying lots of them, we’ve come up with our own special recipe that we think is the best, by far.
You can get these ingredients at any local grocery store in the baking aisle or on Amazon, but we’re slowly starting to convert all of our ingredients to Azure Standard. (Their approach to whole, organic foods seals the deal for us!)
Here’s what we put in our homemade ranch mix:
- Dry Buttermilk Powder – The dry buttermilk powder we get from Azure Standard has just one ingredient – cultured buttermilk.
- Dried Parsley – A mild herb, but it definitely adds to the flavor.
- Dried Dill Weed – I mean, you can’t have ranch without dill. It’s state law!
- Dried Chives – Ahh yes, a little onion-y goodness in herb form.
- Onion Powder – Ooh! More onion-y goodness, only in powder form.
- Garlic Powder – A nice balance for the onion and herbs.
- Salt – You don’t have to add salt if you’re trying to watch your sodium intake.
- Black Pepper – The black pepper adds a slight spicy kick.
To Add Dry Buttermilk Powder or Not
You don’t have to add the dry buttermilk powder if you don’t want. Instead, just omit it and go with just the herbs and spices. This type of mix will need some extra attention if you’re going to make a dip or dressing, but it’ll be better if you’re looking for a vegan or dairy-free option. Ali from Gimmie Some Oven uses buttermilk powder as an optional ingredient in her homemade ranch seasoning mix.
How to Make Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix
Alright, we’ve been through why we think you should be making it at home, and what goes into the seasoning. Now let’s get this put together. (This is the super easy part!)
First, in a small mixing bowl, measure ½ cup of buttermilk powder, 2 tablespoons onion powder, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper. The buttermilk powder may be a little clumpy, but that’s ok. Push it (and the rest of the spices, if you like) through a wire sieve (we love these mesh strainers) to break them up.
Next, measure 1 tablespoon dried parsley, 1 tablespoon dried dill weed, and 1 tablespoon dried chives into a spice grinder (Jessie actually got me this Kitchen-Aid model for Father’s Day). Pulse a few times to break everything up, and add to the small mixing bowl with the other ingredients. If you don’t have a spice grinder, you can use a mortar and pestle, or simply crush the herbs together with your fingers. If you’d rather have bigger pieces of herb in your mix, you can simply omit the grinding altogether.
Using a wire whisk, mix the ingredients together well.
That’s it! It really is that simple.
Storing Your Ranch Mix
Store your homemade ranch seasoning in an airtight container (like a Mason jar or these decorative glass canisters). Joanne from The Pioneer Woman uses buttermilk powder that needs to be refrigerated in her homemade ranch seasoning mix. The one we use from Azure Standard does not need to be refrigerated. Though their site does say it should be stored in a dry, cool, clean location free of odors with a temperature below 80 degrees F and relative humidity below 65%. Still, I would recommend storing your ranch seasoning in the fridge. The seasoning powder should last 3-6 months (if you don’t use it all before then).
When the ranch seasoning is mixed with wet ingredients, it’s best to use it within 5 days.
Homemade Ranch Seasoning
- Mason Jar w/ Lid
- Measuring Spoons & Cups
- Wire Whisk
- ½ Cup Dry Buttermilk Powder
- 1 Tbsp Dried Parsley
- 1 Tbsp Dried Dill Weed
- 1 Tbsp Dried Chives
- 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Ground Pepper
- Add all ingredients to Mason jar and screw lid on tightly.
- Shake well.
- Store covered in a cool dry place for up to 1 year.
How to Use Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix
There are many ways you can use your homemade ranch mix. Most of them are classic homestead staples for us, but we’re always looking for new ways to use our mix. Feel free to leave us a comment with your favorite recipe using ranch seasoning mix.
To Replace an Envelope of Ranch Dressing Mix
Use 3 tablespoons of homemade ranch seasoning mix in place of 1 (1.0 oz) packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, Dip and Sauce mix.
Homemade Ranch Dip
Add 3 tablespoons ranch seasoning to a 16 oz container of sour cream and mix well. If you’re looking for a thinner dip, add milk 1 tablespoon at a time to reach desired consistency.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
Combine 4 tablespoons ranch seasoning mix, ½ cup sour cream, ½ cup mayonnaise, and 1 cup milk, and whisk until well combined. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Sprinkle 2 tablespoon ranch seasoning mix over 8-10 cups of popped popcorn.
Baked Ranch Chicken
Using boneless, skinless chicken breasts, butter, garlic, ranch seasoning mix, parmesan and cheddar cheese, this is a great dinner idea from the Center Cut Cook.
Roasted Ranch Potatoes
Jessica from Savory Experiments has a recipe for ranch potatoes that sounds divine as a side with any meal! All you need is potatoes, oil, and ranch seasoning.
Homemade Chex Mix with Ranch Seasoning
My mom used to make homemade Chex mix every year during the holidays. She never used ranch seasoning though. Check out this recipe for Oven-Baked Ranch Chex Mix Recipe from TheKitchn.
Here’s a recipe my mom made that always had ranch mix in it! This recipe from The Wicked Noodle is pretty much the exact same recipe she used, too!
Chicken thighs, homemade ranch seasoning mix, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cooked bacon, and green onions make a great dip or slow cooker casserole to serve over rice. Check out Sarah’s recipe over at The Magical Slow Cooker.
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Patrick & Jessie homestead in Middle Georgia with two of their four children and their three dogs. They love gardening, food preservation, and keeping their family prepared for any disaster that may come.