A Tried and True Playdough Recipe
By Eden Hertzog
I realize this isn’t my usual blogging style, given that I always write about things one can eat, but I felt it was important to do you all a favour and save your playdough-making asses by giving you a recipe that actually works.
Judging by the comments that I read on various sites, a good playdough is hard to find. Most of them have cream of tartar (which was not in my pantry) and it seems that the ones which don’t have it fail miserably. This one I’ve discovered uses vinegar instead of the tartar, and most of us have vinegar kicking around. It’s always better to use what you have in stock and not have to fill your beloved cupboards with things you’ll probably only use once.
Why playdough? Why now? Well, winter cometh.
Winter with children equals much time spent indoors figuring out fun and creative things to do that don’t require buying a lot of crap or sitting in front of a screen. Cedar loves working with the stuff, and I’m getting into it too. You can make anything at all. We’re just starting into the letters of the alphabet, and also snowmen, and a birthday cake, and… and… and… can you even stand it?
Don’t you want to go make some? It’s also made with only edible ingredients so you don’t have to worry if your kid chomps down on some. Or if you do. Hey, I won’t judge. It does have Kool Aid in it, after all.
- 1 cup white flour
- ¼ cup salt
- 1 packet of Kool Aid (for colour and odour)
- ½ cup water
- 3 teaspoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons oil (I used sunflower, but I think any kind would suffice)
In a small pot on medium-low heat, stir together the flour, salt and Kool Aid with a wooden spoon.
Slowly add the water while stirring, then add in the vinegar and oil, still stirring. It will start to paste up on the sides and you might think it’s kind of weird and be pissed off at me because you’ll think I ruined your pot or something, but don’t worry, just take the dough out of the pot and transfer into a bowl where you can knead it more effectively to get it dough-like.
Let it rest in the fridge to firm up, and then get right down to your whimsical doughy creations. I made purple and orange, but thanks to Kool Aid, the possibilities are endless.