This is a blog to make you think about the food we all eat. My daughter and I will seek to deconstruct the processed food that's all around us into a 'real' facsimile of the ‘convenience’ version. Our goal will always be to recreate the flavor and improve on it while omitting chemicals, corn syrup, preservatives and the inherent convenience of perpetual shelf life. We'll give credit to those who have boldly sought to do the same.
In a nutshell, we will take the 'ish' out of deliciousish.
When asked to choose between the convenient option or the homemade option many people would choose the easy way out, but you have to think, "Is it good for me?" Our mission is to change people's minds and show them that the healthier option is the right option. Today we decided to make homemade ranch powder. We got this recipe a while a go from a blog called Gimme Some Oven.
We gathered up all the ingredients...
3 tablespoons=1 packet of Ranch Powder.
-Dried Dill Weed
Put the buttermilk powder in the food processor with the spices and pulse until fine. Put the powder into a sealed container and store for up to 3 months.
Yum. Get yourself a bag of Snyder's family size pretzels (the big thick ones). Dump that into a big bowl and then proceed to crush those pretzels down into dime nickel sized chunks. I usually use a smaller bowl to push down and crush the pretzels in the larger bowl. Keep stirring so the pieces stay a uniform size (there are finished product pictures below...you'll get the hang of it). When you are happy with the crushing phase, pour the dusty mess into a colander or what ever you would strain pasta with. This gets rid of dust and excess salt (bad for you). Once complete, get it all back in to the bowl and start to drizzle olive oil on top. Add the ranch powder evenly...stir...repeat. Pretzels should get a decent coating. I would say about 3 or 4 tablespoons of both oil and the same for the powder. The trick is to flop that stuff around in there until it's all nice and even. Preheat oven to 350 and pour coated chunk mix into a shallow baking dish. Keep in the oven for about 14 minutes or so. There should be a bit of browning taking place. Retrieve out of oven...let cool a bit...enjoy. They'll keep for a week or so in zip lock bags. Great snack and hey you made them yourself (well not the pretzels but you know what I mean...)
These are the Ranch Pretzels bagged and ready for snacking.