This article will cover how restaurants make their own ranch step by step. It is a very simple recipe that they use. This same ranch mix is used at a restaurant that I worked at, and I made it for them everyday. The restaurant had over 15 different sauces and a lot of them were good, but this one was the most popular next to their cayenne ranch. Both their original ranch and the cayenne ranch were the top picks for the guests.
So restaurants usually make their ranch in large quantities. The ranch that I made was made by the gallons and stored in the walk-in cooler. It usually lasted for a little more than a day before it had to be remade (because the guests ate it all). The ranch was used primarily as a dip for chicken, but a thicker version of it was made for salad dressing as well. If they ran out of the salad dressing and they were too busy to make it, they would just get some straight from the regular ranch dressing instead of making the thicker version.
The ranch and cayenne could be kept in the refrigerator for 7 days.
To make cayenne ranch it only takes one extra ingredient, which was convenient when I was already making ranch.
How did restaurants make their ranch?
Restaurants use ranch packets (the powder mix) with buttermilk and mayo to create their ranch dressing for salads and dips. They did not make the dressing mix used with the buttermilk and mayo from scratch. It was too time consuming to prepare it every time when the guests were consuming 10 gallons or more of ranch everyday.
How To Make Ranch Like The Restaurants
Here is the recipes for making ranch dressing for home, a small gathering, and a large one for restaurants for over 100 people. The buttermilk can be substituted for other milks, but the consistency of the ranch dressing will be affected, so more or less mayonnaise may have to be used.
For this you will need:
- Buttermilk (Or another milk to substitute for the buttermilk)
- Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
Instructions For A Large Size For 100 People.
This is about 10 gallons of ranch, so you will need a container that can hold this much, and a large mixer connected to a cordless drill to mix this in a large bucket with a top that can hold 10 gallons of ranch. You will need a place big enough to keep the ranch cold until it is ready for use. If needed, put the mixture in smaller containers to refrigerate later if needed for space issues.
- Put 5 gallons of mayo into the bucket.
- Put 4 and 1/2 gallons of buttermilk into the bucket.
- Put 80 packets of Hidden Valley original ranch dressing mix into the bucket.
- Connect the drill mixer to the cordless drill and thoroughly mix it all together.
- Cover it and store it in a large refrigerator or cooler until it is ready to use.
To make cayenne ranch from this, add 1 and 1/2 cups of cayenne pepper powder to the mix before stirring.
Instructions For Making Ranch For A Small Party.
This is suitable for making ranch for a small or medium sized party. You might be able to even use it for a large one depending on how many people there are. This is the amount for about 20 people. You will need a container to mix in that can hold atleast 2 and 1/2 gallons.
- Put 1 gallon of mayo into the container.
- Put 1 gallon of buttermilk into the container.
- Put 20 packets of Hidden Valley original ranch mix into the container.
- Thoroughly mix it together with a large whisk.
- Store it in the refrigerator until it is ready for use and cover it.
Add 1/3 cup of cayenne pepper powder to this to make cayenne ranch.
Instructions For Making Ranch Dressing Just For Yourself.
- Put 2 cups of mayo into a container.
- Put 2 cups of buttermilk into the container.
- Put 2 packs of the Hidden Valley original ranch mix into the container.
- Thoroughly mix it together with a whisk.
Add 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper powder to make this into a cayenne ranch dressing.
If you are having trouble getting all the mayo out of the containers, then use a spatula for scraping mayo.
When mixing together, make sure that the bottom and all parts of the ranch are thoroughly mixed to prevent lumps from appearing at the bottom of the ranch.
You can adjust the thickness of the ranch dressing by using more mayo in the ingredients. For less thickness, use more milk/buttermilk in the mixture.
The buttermilk is what most restaurants use for making the ranch dressing, but you can use regular milk instead as a substitute, as the packets are actually designed for mixing with regular milk.
What Ranch Mix Do Restaurants Use?
A lot of restaurants use the Hidden Valley original ranch mix to make their ranch dressing from scratch. Some restaurants have also been using Sysco ranch dressing mix for years, but since it isn’t really well known, they get the Hidden Valley products.
The “restaurant style” mix from Hidden Valley isn’t really something that most people enjoy. Some do not like the taste of it, so they go with the original mix instead.
Why Does Restaurant Ranch Taste Different Than Bottled?
The reason why restaurant ranch tastes better than bottled ranch is because the restaurant is able to control how much of the ingredients go into the ranch they make to make theirs taste better. They are able to easily make adjustments as needed when they make it to make it better than the bottled versions found in grocery stores.
The bottled ranch found in grocery stores doesn’t need to be refrigerated either when they are shipped to the stores. This is because the bottled ranch contains preservatives like sodium benzoate and calcium disodium to preserve it at room temperature while it is sealed. The bottled ranch has other ingredients besides the basic ingredients for making ranch from scratch; therefore altering the taste.
How do you make ranch taste better?
When making ranch, the main ingredient that makes the ranch taste better is the mayo that is used in making it. Adding extra mayo will make the ranch taste even better.
How To Make Ranch Dressing Mix From Scratch
If for some reason you don’t want to use the ranch powder packets or you don’t have access to the ones you want, you can make ranch mix from scratch with buttermilk powder, dried dill, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, dried parsley, dried chives, and salt. All of these will have to be mixed together with buttermilk powder being the most important ingredient.
- Buttermilk powder (1 Cup)
- Dried dill (1 Tablespoon)
- Black pepper (1 Teaspoon)
- Onion powder (2 Tablespoons)
- Garlic powder (1 Tablespoon)
- Dried parsley (3 Tablespoons)
- Dried chives (1 Tablespoon)
- Salt (1 Teaspoon)