Monday, December 9, 2013

Homemade Play-doh with Ingredients from Your Kitchen

I've been wanting to make this for a long time and I finally did it: I made my own play-doh! 

I've been putting it off as I didn't have the cream of tartar that just about every recipe calls for and I was also nervous about Robbie eating it. Yes, this recipe is made from natural ingredients (except I used conventional food coloring) but I still don't want him eating a bunch of salt dough. I finally decided it will be a fun experiment either way and I want to start introducing new sensory experiences to him. 

I found many recipes on Pinterest that are just about the same: 
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Optional: food coloring (I used about 5 drops of McCormick food coloring)

With the first batch, I mixed the dry ingredients together in a bowl and tried adding boiling water, the oil and food coloring to the bowl. I saw a few comments on this Pin from Musings of a SAHM that said that is a quicker way to form the dough. I don't know what I did differently but it did not work for me. I didn't take pictures of the first batch so I can't show what it looked like but it was the consistency of smooth mashed potatoes. I let it cool a bit to see if that helped and it didn't. I then put it on the stove like how the original recipe is made and almost immediately it came together like her picture.  I then kneaded it to make it smoother and put it a plastic storage container. 
I decided to make a second batch and document it this time. I used the stove from the start instead and since I ran out of cream of tartar, I used vinegar, a suggestion from the comments of the original recipe as a replacement.  I combined the flour, salt and added 2 tsp of vinegar. Then I added the water and oil.

Once the wet and dry ingredients were mixed, I added the food coloring, before it started to stick together. I then turned the heat on to medium. It started to stick together pretty quickly, probably since my pan and burner were already warm. It was obvious at this point that this is how it should be thickening, not like when I tried adding the boiling water to the bowl.  It was not the consistency of mashed potatoes but was fluffy, just like when I  moved the first batch to the stove. 

Success!  The vinegar seems to be a fine substitute for the cream of tartar but since we haven't used it yet, time will tell. I kneaded this one as well and stored it in a plastic container. It makes about 2 cups per batch.
I can't wait until morning so Robbie can play with it!

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