Homemade ranch dressing
|Place of origin||United States|
|Type||Salad dressing or dip|
|Main ingredient(s)||Buttermilk, salt, garlic, onions, herbs (commonly chives, parsley, and dill), and spices (commonly black pepper, paprika, and ground mustard seed)|
Ranch dressing is a condiment made of some combination of buttermilk, mayonnaise, salt, garlic, onion, herbs (commonly chives, parsley, and dill), and spices (commonly black pepper, paprika, and ground mustard seed), mixed into a sauce. Sour cream is also frequently used, and some home cooks may substitute yogurt for the sour cream to create a lower fat version. Ranch dressing has been the best-selling salad dressing in the United States since 1992, when it overtook Italian dressing. It is also popular as a dip.
|Owner||The Clorox Company|
In 1954, Steve and Gayle Henson opened Hidden Valley Ranch, a dude ranch near Santa Barbara, California. They served guests a dressing that Steve had developed. The dressing was popular, and they began selling bottles that guests could take home, and later opened a factory to sell packets of ranch seasoning that had to be mixed with mayonnaise and buttermilk (packets that are still available to this day). In 1972, the brand was bought by Clorox for $8 million.
Clorox reformulated the dressing several times to try to make it more convenient. The first change was to include buttermilk flavoring in the seasoning so that at home one added milk rather than buttermilk. In 1983, Clorox developed a more popular non-refrigerated bottled formulation. At the current time, Clorox subsidiary Hidden Valley Ranch Manufacturing LLC produces ranch packets and bottled dressings at two large factories, in Reno, Nevada and Wheeling, Illinois.
During the 1990s Hidden Valley had three kid oriented variations of ranch dressing, pizza, nacho cheese, and taco flavors.
Ranch dressing is a common dip for vegetables such as broccoli and carrots, as well as for chips and "bar foods" such as french fries and chicken wings. It is also a common dipping sauce for fried foods such as fried mushrooms, fried zucchini, jalapeno poppers, onion rings, chicken fingers, and hushpuppies. In addition, ranch dressing is used on pizza, pickles, baked potatoes, wraps, tacos, pretzels, and hamburgers.
Author C.L. Freie titled her 2008 humorous book about central U.S. culture I Love Ranch Dressing: And Other Stuff White Midwesterners Like.
Ranch dressing, as with all oil- or cream-based dressings, is notable for its high fat content. A typical 2-tablespoon serving contains 145 kcal (608 kJ) and 15 g of fat. Ninety-four percent of those calories come from fat.
- Slate magazine Ranch Dressing. Why do Americans love it so much? - August 5, 2005
- Brown, Gerald, et. al. "Optimizing Plant-Line Schedules and an Application at Hidden Valley Manufacturing Company," Interfaces 32, no. 3 (May–June 2002), 1-14.
- Calorie counter - ranch dressing
- I Love Ranch Dressing website
- "Salad dressing, ranch dressing, commercial, regular". National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. USDA. Retrieved 2009-09-02.