Ranch seasoning mix is always good to have on hand. It's easy to make and stores well in a jar for when you need it. This can also be used to make ranch dressing, but we use it for many other dishes here.
One thing we love about this is having it on hand anytime we want to use the mix. We have our favorite ranch pasta salad and also our bacon ranch pasta salad that we love to whip together in the summer months. Both are easy but yet amazing salads. Being able to just open a jar and scoop some out when needed is so much easier then worrying about buying the packets.
Ranch seasoning also goes well on chicken. The possibilities are endless!
Making ranch seasoning mix
It is really easy to make. We do recommend using buttermilk here, but you can use powdered milk to substitute. Buttermilk powder can usually be found in the aisle where you find the other powdered milk in the supermarket. It comes in a round canister and the container it comes in doesn't keep humidity out so once you open the container, I would refrigerate it to prolong the life of the powder. Buttermilk powder can be used for many things, not just this seasoning.
For the ranch mix, we like to store ours in glass jars with tight fitting lids. We use ball canning jars, but we have them on hand for many things we make. We use a half pint canning jar to store it.
To make it, you will just mix all the ingredients together in the storage container and place the lid on it. It is best to shake it or stir it a little bit right before using as some spices might sink to the bottom after sitting. Store your seasoning for up to 6 months.
To make it as a dressing
3 tablespoons of the homemade ranch seasoning mix equals a packet of store bought mix. Add 3 tablespoons with 1 cup milk and 1 cup mayonnaise. Another alternative is to substitute some of the mayo with sour cream! It gives it a nice flavor, but is completely optional.
Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix
- ½ cup buttermilk powder
- 2 tbsp parsley dried
- 1 tsp chives dried
- 1 tbsp dried minced onion
- ½ tsp salt see notes
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Mix all ingredients together. Shake or stir well before each use.
- Store in an airtight jar for up to 6 months. We recommend using a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. It makes about 8 tablespoons and will easily fit in a half pint jar as measured here.