I had half a head of lettuce in my fridge that needed to be used up, so I made myself a salad to go with supper. There was no Ranch Dressing in the fridge so I raided my pantry closet, knowing there were three bottles of it on the shelf.
When I opened the dressing bottle, the contents smelled odd. When I looked closely, I saw the color was darker than it should be. The second bottle was the same as was the third. They went in the trash.
The expiration date on all three bottles was Feb 2017. Ordinarily I don't pay much attention to expiration dates or 'Best if used by' dates. Many commercially canned foods are good long after those dates. Apparently Ranch Dressing isn't one of them.
I don't know if the room where they were stored was too warm or if it was because so many foods like that are now packaged in plastic rather than glass. I have had the same problem with ketchup in plastic bottles. I also had one jar of mayo that tasted off, but I think that was because I bought the cheaper store brand.
I know there are dry mixes for ranch dressing. I may try that. I don't use much dressing, so it makes more sense to use a mix rather than try to keep bottles of it on hand.
I also found this recipe that looks good, so I may try it before buying the commercial mix.
RANCH DRESSING MIX
1/2 cup nonfat dry powdered milk
2 tablespoons dry parsley flakes
1 teaspoon dill weed
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon onion flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Mix all ingredients. Store in an airtight container. To make dressing, mix 1 heaping tablespoon into 1 cup buttermilk that's been mixed with 1 cup mayonnaise. Stir until well blended. Store covered in refrigerator until ready to use. Wait at least 30 minutes for flavors to combine.
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 heaping tablespoon Ranch Dressing Mix
Stir all ingredients together and refrigerate for 2 or more hours before serving to allow flavors to blend.
Buttermilk is not something have on hand, but found powdered buttermilk in the grocery store next to the non-fat instant powdered milk and I bought one. I may get a couple more. I'll let you know how it all works out.
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