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The Ranch FAQ

All you need to know about ranch dressing! Got a question? Send me an email and I'll answer it. If I think it belongs in the FAQ, I'll include it here.

The Ranch FAQ v1.00

General
What is ranch?
What is the difference between ranch dressing and ranch dip?
What goes good with ranch?
When was ranch invented?
Where can I read about the history of Hidden Valley Ranch?
Who owns Hidden Valley?
What are some good alternatives to Hidden Valley?
Why does restaurant ranch taste better than the ranch I have at home?
Why do some restaurants charge for ranch and some don't?
How long does bottled ranch stay good?
How long does ranch made with a dry mix stay good?
Where can I buy ranch in the United States?
Where can I buy ranch outside the United States?
What is the Ranch Tooth?

 


What is ranch? - Ranch is a salad dressing, a dip, a seasoning, a condiment and more! Traditionally, it is a salad dressing made with buttermilk, mayonnaise and spices, but it can take many forms.

What is the difference between ranch dressing and ranch dip? - Ranch dip is generally thicker and is made with sour cream instead of buttermilk. In some cases it is mixed with mayo and in others it is just sour cream and the ranch seasoning.

What goes good with ranch? - Anything! Ranch goes great with salads, pizza, fries, onion rings, potato skins, etc.

When was ranch invented? - Ranch was created in the mid '50s by Steve and Gayle Henson at their ranch near Santa Barbara, CA.

Where can I read about the history of Hidden Valley Ranch? - You can read the condensed version from Hidden Valley here: http://www.hiddenvalley.com/about.php or this article has a lot more detail: http://slate.com/id/2123991/ .

Who owns Hidden Valley? - The Clorox company bought Hidden Valley from the Henson family in 1972 and they still own it now.

What are some good alternatives to Hidden Valley? There is Uncle Dan's, Deccio's, Lite House and more. Check your local grocer for more options.

Why does restaurant ranch taste better than the ranch I have at home? - There could be a couple reasons. (need to list)