Friday, July 12, 2013

Lacto Fermented Ranch Dressing- Super Easy

I love Ranch Dressing.

But I don't like all the unnecessary ingredients in most bottled dressings.


I had tried different DIY dressings.  They were OK.  But none I loved.

I get a gallon of REAL milk every week. (I hate the word raw.  It's unpasteurized- straight from the cow- I love my farmers Fall Creek Farms).

Sometimes I don't drink all of it before it becomes "not fresh".  At this point I let it clabber and turn into whey and sour cream.

The Healthy Home Economist has a wonderful video on making whey and sour cream from clabbered milk.

Clabbered milk is raw milk that has been left out on the counter at room temperature for many hours- 12 to 24 or longer depending on the temperature of the room.  It separates into whey... and a 'sour' cream.

REAL (raw) milk and pasteurized milk are completely different.  Pasteurized milk won't clabber.  It will spoil.  Don't use pasteurized milk.

So.... I needed Ranch Dressing.

I poured a little of my milk- say a cup of milk into a glass jar.  I put the lid on it.  (I used my re-purposed glass jar that my olives came in).

I let it sit for about 48 hours.

Instead of draining the liquid whey from the sour cream.  I pour the clabbered milk in my Magic Bullet.  I added a dollop of my lacto-fermented mayo, Lacto-Fermented Mayo and some spices- blended it up and yum!!!


* Clabbered milk from raw milk (see above)
* Dollop of lacto-fermented mayonnaise >>  recipe here Lacto-Fermented Mayo
* Dried Dill (to taste)
* Dried Parsley (to taste)
* Onion Powder (to taste)
* Salt (to taste)
* Sugar (I use white sugar because the bacteria in the whey will eat it).  I used less than a tablespoon. But it had a sweet taste to it.  I let my ranch dressing sit on the counter for a couple of hours before refrigerating it.  The next day- there was no sweet taste to it.  It was perfect!

I blended all the above in my Magic Bullet (that I bought brand new at a yard sale).  I usually just shake (one or two shakes) of dill, parsley etc into my container.

Leave on the counter for a couple of hours.  Keep in the refrigerator.

I once bought Walmart's "Market" Ranch Dressing.  It was OK.  But it had extra ingredients in it.  I have digestion issues... I'm trying to reduce processed foods in my diet as much as possible.  The Walmart dressing comes in a glass jar.  I washed it and use it for MY healthy ranch dressing.

Check out this site about the health benefits of REAL (raw) milk Real Milk

Check out this site about fermented foods and drinks Food Renegade - The Basics

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  1. Looks great. I'm not able to get unpasturized milk right now. I get local dairy unhomogenized, but I know that when it sours it's not good to use in these recipes. But I suppose the buttermilk the local dairy sells would work. I also hate all the chemicals in the packaged Ranch dressings, but love the flavor. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Thanks for the comment. I am truly blessed to get REAL milk. I live in TN and we can be a member of a raw milk herd share.

  3. Thank you for sharing this recipe at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures