Cynthia Cross and Ann Gilbert wrote to let me know Wal-Mart sells SACO Buttermilk Powder. Yippee. Sorry Hidden Valley, I won’t be buying your expensive dressing mix any longer.
“It’s great for making biscuits and cornbread without having to buy a quart of buttermilk,” wrote Cynthia.
That makes me happy because I can’t tell you have many quarts of buttermilk have died in my fridge after I use the cup or so I need for a specific recipe. Now I can keep it on hand in powdered form. I did read it probably should be refrigerated after opening.
I’m including the full recipe for copycat Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix by Recipe Zaar now that I know I can purchase the dry buttermilk. I believe this recipe – which earned five stars from testers – is probably most similar to the real thang:
- 1/2 cup dry buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley, crushed
- 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
The spices sound great, but my mind is racing trying to think of a way to substitute for the dairy. Hmm, wonder what would happen if I were to throw some lemon juice in a little rice milk to turn it sour?
Maybe I’ll just stick with the spice combo for now. Any one have any ideas for a non-dairy buttermilk? Think the buttermilk or it’s power are essential to the plot as I recall — been a long, long time since I had any of this dressing, but remember how good it was! Yum!