My mother-in-law, who is a missionary in South Korea, gave me the cookbook, Make-A-Mix for Christmas a couple of years back. Although Korea is a highly advanced country, many of the ingredients (specifically mixes) called for in of our American recipes are either difficult to find or too expensive. So, she makes her own!
Foreseeing ministry in an international setting in our future, this book definitely caught my attention. How would I ever survive without ranch dressing?!?* Such fears allayed, I can not only make my own ranch dressing, but countless others, too! 😉
By making your own mixes, you can also have control of the ingredients…and recognize what you are putting into most of them. For casserole lovers, this book is for you!
The book gives instructions on how to make various mixes and then includes recipes that use the mix.
Here’s a recipe for ranch dressing, a.k.a., home-style dressing:
Recipe for Home-Style Dressing Mix:
2 teaspoons instant minced onion (if you have a dehydrator, make your own)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon monosodium glutamate, if desired
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until evenly distributed. Put mixture in foil packet or 1-pint glass jar. Label with date and contents. Store in a cool, dry place. Use within 6 months. Makes about 2 tablespoons HOME-STYLE DRESSING MIX.
Recipe for Home Style Dressing:
1 recipe Home-Style Dressing Mix
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup buttermilk
No buttermilk? Substitute with sour cream or plain yogurt.
Combine ingredients in a glass jar. Shake until well blended. Chill before serving. Makes about 2 cups.
So, there you have it! That’s how to make your own ranch dressing!
*Hopefully my sarcasm was evident; but if not, please know that I would very gladly give up ranch dressing (and everything else) for the privilege of obeying God’s calling in our lives..