It irked me greatly to pay a buck, more or less for a little packet of spices, especially when I have all the spices on hand. I went to all the recipe sites and found a lot of recipes for spice blends.
I am like you, I do wish it were a bit thicker so I experimented. Instead of using buttermilk, I used sour cream, thinned to desired consistancy. It worked for me. I am including my blend. Try it. You might like it.
Ranch-Style Dressing and Dip Mix
Make a basket up with 4-ounce jars of this mix, a decorative bag
of croutons or crackers, and holiday napkins.
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dried minced garlic or garlic powder
3 tablespoons dried minced onion or onion powder
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons paprika
2 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
Combine ingredients; blend well. Store in an airtight container.
Give in decorative jars with directions below for dressing and dip.
Makes 1/2 cup of mix, or 8 portions for dressing or dip.
DH never like store bought ranch dressing but he does like this one.
In a bowl or jar combine
1/2 cup of mayonnaise and
1/2 cup buttermilk.
Add 1 tablespoon mix and blend well.
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
Add 2 tablespoons of mix and blend well.