Homemade ranch seasoning is a pantry staple you need. Make a batch to have on hand for dips, snack mixes, dinners, and more.
If there was an official flavor of the Midwest, it has to be ranch.
While some might say corn or meat or beer, ranch is nearly universally beloved by young and old alike. We put that on everything.
That’s why I always have some homemade ranch seasoning in my spice cabinet. It’s really easy to make, with ingredients you likely already have on hand.
Plus, you’ll save money in the long run, because those single use packets of seasoning can really add up!
What do you need for homemade ranch seasoning?
Ranch has a variety of spices and herbs in it for that signature taste.
You’ll need dried dill, onion flakes or powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and dried chives. You can also use dried parsley.
Add or reduce the amount of spices used depending on your tastes. You can also add a bit of ground cayenne pepper for heat, if you like.
If you need to purchase new spices, I recommend heading to your local spice shop, if you have one. The first time I bought freshly ground garlic powder I was blown away by the difference in flavor and texture.
For the key tangy flavor, you’ll also need buttermilk powder.
Powdered buttermilk is easier to find than you might think. It’s located in the baking aisle of your grocery store, near the evaporated and condensed milks.
Although you only need a small amount for this recipe, buttermilk powder lasts a long time, so you’ll have enough to make multiple batches, or for using in baking.
Once opened, the powdered buttermilk will keep for at least 6 months. It will start to solidify after being open for too long, however, so don’t forget about it!
How do you store homemade ranch seasoning?
I store my spice blends in glass mason jars with reusable plastic lids.
Depending on how big of a batch you plan to make, I find the 8-ounce size is big enough, and allows you to easily scoop with a teaspoon or tablespoon.
I also like to use the smaller squat jars. If you don’t have jars, any reusable container with a lid will work.
Be sure to use a container that has a wide enough opening for you to scoop a measuring spoon into.
How long does homemade ranch seasoning last?
Homemade ranch seasoning will last for about 3 months in an airtight container stored in a cool, dry place.
If you want it to last even longer and have the freshest taste, you can store your container of seasoning in the freezer.
Simply scoop out as needed and return the container to the freezer. Be sure to not get the powder wet, as it will freeze and clump.
How can I use ranch seasoning?
Homemade ranch seasoning adds so much tangy flavor to dishes.
We love it added to mashed potatoes, as flavoring for ranch Chex mix, and mixed with flour for homemade chicken tenders.
If you love ranch dip for veggies and chips, this seasoning is a must.
Once you make your own ranch seasoning, you won’t bother buying those packets anymore. Try it yourself and see!
- ½ cup dry buttermilk powder
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons dried dill
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons dried chives
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
You can easily double or triple the ingredients to make a bigger batch, or package into smaller jars for gifting.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 23Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g