Make Your Own Playdough

January 17, 2019

Dreamstime

Here's a fun activity to do with the kids; make your own playdough! Playdough is cooked on a stovetop and uses pantry staples like flour and salt. All you need is flour, kosher salt, vegetable oil, cream of tartar, water and food coloring. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil over medium heat. Add in the flour, cream of tartar and vegetable oil and whisk until it thickens, then stir with a spoon until it is lump free and begins to smell toasty and is quite thick (about 5 minutes). Remove the cooked dough from the pot to a baking sheet and use the wooden spoon to pat it into a thinner layer. Cool for at least 30 minutes or until you can safely handle the dough. Knead the dough until smooth and add food coloring. This recipe makes about two cups of play dough. Make sure that the playdough is cool before storing in an airtight container. It will last about a week at room temperature, or up to two weeks in the fridge.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • Food coloring

Instructions

  • Heat the water and salt over medium high heat: In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil over medium heat.
  • Add the flour, cream of tartar, and vegetable oil: Whisk the flour and cream of tartar into the boiling water; the mixture will thicken quickly. Switch from a whisk to a wooden spoon and stir in the oil.
  • Mix until lump-free and beginning to thicken: Continue mixing and cooking the dough over medium-high heat, until the dough smells toasty and is quite thick, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the pot and cool for 30 minutes: Remove the cooked dough from the pot to a baking sheet and use the wooden spoon to pat it into a thinner layer. Cool for at least 30 minutes or until you can safely handle the dough.
  • Knead the dough until smooth: Knead the dough until smooth and cohesive. Divide the dough and add 1 or 2 drops of food coloring to each and knead to incorporate.

SOURCE: the Kitchn

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