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Apr 30, 2006 01:51 PM

ISO-Ranch Dressing

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Not really cooking but I am looking for a store bought ranch dressing that does not taste artificial. I am not a fan of Hidden Valley so if anybody has tried another brand let me know.

I would not be opposed to making my own if you have a good recipe (if so please advise how long it will keep in the fridge).

Thanks in advance.

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    JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

    Homemade ranch dressing is really easy. Mix buttermilk and mayonnaise about 50/50, stir in your favorite herbs (I'd do chives and parsley at the very least), a little bit of minced bell pepper and some shallots, and you're all set.


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    1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

      That's how I make it also and nothing could be simpler.

      I add a bit of dried dill, S & P and and some granulated onion and garlic powder and a pinch of MSG (Yeah, I know!). It should keep for a couple weeks in the fridge.

      If you have leftover buttermilk, you can freeze it in usable portions for future use.

      1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

        Me, too, but my favorite recipe (from Gourmet mag) uses 1 clove garlic minced and mashed to a paste with 1/4 tsp. salt; 1/2 tsp. dry mustard, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/4 cup mayo, 1/4 tsp. dried tarragon, pepper to taste. Just whisk all together. Benefits from an overnite in the fridge to meld flavors.

      2. I like Marie's Creamy Ranch Dressing. It's usually sold in a refrigerated case in or near the produce dept. of supermarkets. There is a pull date on each jar.


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        1. re: Nancy Berry

          For a store-bought dressing it is VERY good. They also have a low-fat version that I find equally acceptable.

        2. I like Naturally Fresh.

          It's also in the refridgerated produce section right next to Marie's Dressings.

          1. We use the General Topics board to discuss food in gneeral, including recommendations for store bought food. Please repost your question on the General Topics board. We'll be moving the recommendations for store breands from this thread so please, if you have suggestions afor brands of ranch dressing, please head to the General Topcis board and post there.

            However, since you did mention you're interested in recipes, and some posters have replied with recipes, we'll leave this thread so that people can continue to discuss ranch dressing recipes here.