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Old 12-08-2006, 12:58 AM   #1
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Made ranch for the first time

I buy all my spices through the Penzey's catalog. They recently opened a store across town from me so had to check it out. I picked up a bag of ranch salad dressing mix while there. The mix is only flavorings with nothing artificial in it.

I mixed the spices with buttermilk and mayo. The result was delicious. I'm not sure I'll be able to go back to Hidden Valley Ranch after this. My only complaint was that I've gotten a bit used to the thickness of the store bought ranches. How would I thicken up ranch dressing? add an egg and whip?


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Old 12-08-2006, 06:40 AM   #2
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I think salad dressings are often thickened with guar gum. It is available at bulk food stores or at our health food store.

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Old 12-08-2006, 07:27 AM   #3
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Couldn't you just add less of the liquids?
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Old 12-08-2006, 05:16 PM   #4
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I'm with licia, I'd try less liquid. Doesn't Penzey's directions have you soak the spices in H2O first? I'd skip that and just use the mayo, sour cream and park it in the fridge for an hour or so. I love Penzey's and order all my spices from them as well. Your so lucky to have a store in your town!!
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Old 12-08-2006, 06:00 PM   #5
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Lucky you! I'd go crazy in a store like that.

When I buy boxes of Lipton's Onion Soup mix, they usually have a free packet of their Ranch Dressing Mix. I don't keep buttermilk around, but I mixed a packet in with a pint of sour cream, and it made a killer dip! You could have easily used it as a salad dressing.

For creamy homemade salad dressings, I generally start with Miracle Whip Lite. You might give it a try...it has a nice tangy taste. I usually thin it with just a little milk until it's the consistancy I like.
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Old 12-09-2006, 11:50 AM   #6
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I've got a couple ranch dressing recipes on my "To Try" list. I'll be sure to post my finding up when I try 'em.
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Old 12-09-2006, 04:56 PM   #7
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I make homemade ranch too - they tend to thicken up over time. You have to admit though - thick or not - a homemade version is WAY better!

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I like to use sour cream and mayo, I guess more of a dip really, but great non the less.
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Old 12-12-2006, 01:23 PM   #9
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I am addicted to ranch dressing. I make the hidden valley packet one with a cup of mayo (not miracle whip) and a little less than a cup of 2% milk. I can't go back to the pre made stuff, its just not the same
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Old 12-27-2006, 11:13 AM   #10
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thanks for the suggestions. I think mixing it with sour cream has alot of potential. I have a batch sitting in the fridge right now but I forgot to check this post before making it. Maybe next time.

The Penzeys ranch seasoning is delicious. My wife is addicted!!

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