Making your own homemade ranch seasoning mix at home is a great way to add a unique flavor profile to your dishes. With only a few pantry staples, you can whip up this quick and easy seasoning mix in just minutes. Ditch the store bought ranch seasoning blends that have unnecessary ingredients and learn just how simple it is to make your own ranch seasoning recipe!
You can make small batches of ranch seasoning and store them in airtight containers for use whenever you need. It's important to be careful when measuring the ingredients so that you don't overpower the flavors of the dish with too much of one ingredient.
With a little bit of practice, you'll be able to find the exact balance of ingredients that work for your taste buds!
This great seasoning is very versatile. You can mix it to create your own homemade ranch salad dressing or you can use it as a dry rub for your meats and side dishes. You can whip it up into a homemade ranch dip for your vegetables like you would with the Hidden Valley packet you can buy at the store.
Why Make Your Own Ranch Mix
- Making your own is cheaper than buying the store-bought packet at the store
- You know exactly what ingredients are in the mixture
- You'll never run out of this pantry staple as long as you have these dried herbs and other ingredients in the cabinets
- It's a great gift to give to friends and family
- No additives or other funky ingredients
Get all the info on these ingredients for your homemade ranch dressing mix in the recipe card below.
- buttermilk powder see note to DIY this ingredient
- dried parsley
- dried chives
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- dried dill
- black pepper
How to Make Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix
1. Combine the buttermilk powder, dried parsley, dried chives, garlic powder, onion powder, dried dill, sugar, salt, and pepper in a medium sized mixing bowl.
Store the homemade ranch mix in an air tight container in a cool, dry place at room temperature.
Make sure you label the container with the date so you know when it was made and how long it's good for. Store for up to 3 months for best results, but be sure to check on it every few weeks to make sure it hasn't gone bad.
Where do I find buttermilk powder?
Buttermilk powder is a key ingredient to making this taste just like the Hidden Valley ranch packets and other ranch seasoning packets. You can find the powdered buttermilk in the grocery store.
Most of the time, it's in the same aisle as the baking ingredients and spices. Look wherever your grocery store sells dehydrated powdered milk.
If you're having trouble finding it, you can always as the attendants at your local grocery stores to help you out.
It's really simple to make our own. The great thing is all you have to do is add dehydrate your buttermilk in a food dehydrator or the oven.
Once you've done that, toss it in the blender or food processor and then pulse a few times to blend it together.
How do you make buttermilk powder?
You can follow our instructions here to make buttermilk powder.
Be sure to place your dry buttermilk powder in an airtight container.
How do I make ranch dressing from this mix?
To make ranch dressing, mix 3 tablespoons of prepared seasoning mix with 1 ½ cups mayonnaise and ½ cup buttermilk. Stir, then store in Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
If you don't have buttermilk, you can use regular milk to mix with the mayo and spice mix.
Be sure to try this delicious Garlic Ranch & Zucchini Pizza!
How do I make ranch dipping sauce?
If you want to make a ranch sauce for dipping, just mix 2 tablespoons of prepared mix with 1 cup of sour cream and ½ cup of mayonnaise. Store in the fridge for up to one week.
How much of this mix do I use if a recipe mix calls for a 1-ounce packet of Hidden Valley Ranch mix?
If a recipe calls for dry ranch seasoning mix (the 1-ounce packets), all you need is 2 Tablespoons of this homemade dry seasoning mix.
Who needs to pay for the overpriced junk at the stores when you can make your own ranch powder at home?! Ranch lovers will love this homemade version and your wallet will thank you later.
- ½ cup buttermilk powder see note to DIY this ingredient
- 2 tablespoon dried parsley
- 2 tablespoon dried chives
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 tsp dried dill
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tsps salt more or less to taste, and diet
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Add buttermilk powder, dried parsley, dried chives, garlic powder, onion powder, dried dill, sugar, salt and pepper to a medium sized mixing bowl.
- Use a fork or whisk to combine until evenly mixed.
- Store in an air tight container in the pantry for up to 3 months.
- Dry buttermilk powder can be found at the grocery store in the same aisle as the baking and spices, along side the dehydrated milk.
- To make your own dried buttermilk, refer to post link, or simply dehydrate buttermilk in food dehydrator or oven and then pulse in a blender.
- To make ranch dressing, mix 3 tablespoons of prepared mix with 1 ½ cups mayonnaise adn ½ cup buttermilk (can substitute regular milk). Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- To make ranch dip, mix 2 tablespoons of prepared mix with 1 cup sour cream and ½ cup mayonnaise. Store in fridge for up to one week.
- Use interchangeably with any Hidden Valley Ranch packet seasoning recipe. 2 tablespoons of prepared mix is equivalent to a 1-ounce packet of Hidden Valley Ranch mix.