Friday, September 05, 2008

How to: Homemade Playdough

This is a great way to keep the kids from getting bored on a rainy Saturday or cold afternoon. I have made this a couple of times and it is a lot of fun. And, homemade playdough is cheap, non-toxic and lasts a long time.


3 cups flour, sifted
1 1/2 cup salt
6 teaspoons cream of tartar
3 1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons oil
food coloring (she uses the gel)

Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a large pot until no lumps remain. Whisk in the wet ingredients (except for the food coloring) and stir until no lumps remain. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes until a dough forms. Separate into several portions and add food coloring, kneading until uniform in color. Store in airtight containers.


ummmhello said...

1. What the HELL is cream of tartar?
2. Cook, as in microwave? Or cook, and in stove?

Charmed said...

Cream of tartar is is the common name for potassium hydrogen tartrate, an acid salt that has a number of uses in cooking. Cream of tartar is best known in kitchens for helping stabilize and give more volume to beaten egg whites. It is the acidic ingredient in some brands of baking powder. It is also used to produce a creamier texture in sugary desserts such as candy and frosting. It is used commercially in some soft drinks, candies, bakery products, gelatin desserts, and photography products. Cream of tartar can also be used to clean brass and copper cookware. You can find it at the grocery store in the same aisle as the baking powder.

I have only made it on the stovestop. I like to control the whisking you would not get in the microwave.