Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hidden Valley Ranch Review

Over fifty years ago, a Nebraska-born entrepreneur settled in Santa Barbara, CA. This young Nebraskan cowboy dreamed of striking it rich. So like so many young men before him, he headed west with his high school sweetheart.

Nestled in the mountains, he stumbled upon 120 acres of sprawling land filled with streams, waterfalls and picturesque views outside Santa Barabara, California. It was here that Hidden Valley Ranch was born.

The family bought the land in 1954 and ran Hidden Valley Ranch, offering hiking tours, horseback riding and fishing, in the day. At night, folks would enjoy a home-cooked meal before gathering around the campfire to listen to stories. Guests came to enjoy the great outdoors and wholesome meals, but it was something else that made them come back: the delicious, homemade buttermilk salad dressing with a special blend of herbs and spices lovingly prepared by the proprietor — what we know today as the original Ranch dressing.
 Who knew that Hidden Valley® Ranch dressing, a mix of herbs, spices and buttermilk whipped up back in the ‘50s would grow to sell throughout the United States and eventually in more than 30 countries? Ranch has become America's favorite dressing and can be found in virtually every restaurant these days. It is enjoyed on everything from salads and vegetables to pizza and fried chicken. Today, you can still enjoy the taste of Original Ranch with its perfect blend of herbs and spices and also try great new flavors born from our rich heritage.

My Thoughts~!!

We found the Hidden Valley Ranch Original Dressing to be very flavourable and quite tasty.  We found ourselves putting it on many things and not just salad.  We found it delicious with our pizza, dipping sauce for potato chips and vegetables, putting it on sandwiches, mixing in with our mashed potatoes, using it in our pasta, our coleslaw and mixing it in with our dumplings instead of just milk as the liquid additive.  

Everything we used this upon gave our food a definitive edge to the overall flavour of whatever it was we were trying to enhance.  We preferred the Original versus the 50% Fat Free and the Fat Free versions.  The Original was thick and creamy and we found with the less fat in it, the more watery it became, which isn't something this family likes all to well.  We want our Ranch dressing to be thick and creamy and while the Original does deliver such highlights, the others were as well received, though they didn't lack in flavour only in texture.

The other drawback was to the bottle design, some of the bottles had a small opening at the top to allow for better control in pouring and others did not.  It would be beneficial if ALL bottles carried the smaller spout opening, without such it comes cascading out of the bottle without any real control and you end up with more than you bargained for.  There was no apparent rhyme nor reason as to which bottles carried the spout and which didn't.

We shared some of the bottle samples with our neighbours, to give an extra opinion and the consensus seems to be the same.  The less fat, the more watery and the spout is a bonus that was enjoyed by all.  

Hidden Valley Ranch dressing is more than a salad dressing, it is a condiment that can be added to all your cooking enjoyment!  The product is versatile to add it to any of your cooking and baking needs!

Visit Hidden Valley Ranch~!!

** Disclosure: I did not accept any compensation from the sponsors other than review copies, my views are my own, reviewed by I see it~!! **