Create a spice mix using 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, 2 packets of ranch dressing mix and 3 tablespoons of red pepper flakes. Combine the spice mix with 1 and 2/3 cups of vegetable oil in a plastic bag and mix thoroughly. Add 1 box of unsalted saltine crackers to the bag, thoroughly cover the bag, and let it sit overnight.
An alternative method of coating the unsalted saltine crackers is to line an airtight container with the crackers end to end without overlapping. Pour the vegetable oil and spice mixture over the crackers, spreading the mixture evenly over the crackers. Seal the lid of the container and flip it on its top. Leave the container in this position for five minutes. Flip the container back on its base and let it sit for an additional five minutes. Continue this process for 20 minutes to one hour. Once this process is complete, let the crackers sit in the container overnight to ensure that the crackers have soaked up all of the spice mix. Once ready, serve with cheese, smoked meats or vegetables. After preparation, the savory saltine crackers have a one-week shelf life in the pantry.