As part of a ladies weekend retreat, I spent some time making two homemade seasonings: Taco and Ranch Dressing. They are based on ideas I found on Pintrest. (side note: What did we do before pintest?) I found the majority of the ingredients at the dollar store and Aldis so be sure to check those places out first if you are interested in making these goodies. I tried to do the math and figure out how much I was saving, but because I used the majority of the taco mixture as gift ideas, it was too hard to aggregate that information.
As for the ranch savings: I never buy the powered stuff, but there are several new recipes that call for the stuff, so stand by for more information.
Each jar was then placed in lunch bag and sealed with a little note:
“You spice up my life.”
Homemade Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix
2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp pepper
Add each of the dried spices to a bowl and gently stir.
Store in a resealable plastic baggie or small ball canning jar with tight fitting lid in your spice cabinet.
To make the ranch dressing, whisk together 1/3 cup mayonaisse with 1/4 cup milk (more or less depending on the consistency you want) with 1 Tbsp of the homemade ranch dressing seasoning mix. Season with salt, to taste. Use immediately and can refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Makes about 4 Tbsp worth of mix. Or use the ratios above and mix up however much you’ll need!