Tuesday, January 15, 2013

For the Kiddos: Playdough

Not everything I cook in my kitchen is for food. Sometimes it's a weird science experiment for my kids. In this case, the not so weird experiment was playdough. I know that probably every overseas parent knows how to make playdough, but I thought I'd share just in case. I think this playdough feels better than what you can buy in prepackaged tubs. If you keep it in plastic after each use, it literally lasts for ages.

Cooked Playdough
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar OR 3 teaspoons white vinegar
1 cup water
Food coloring

Combine the flour and salt in a pot, stirring to get the salt thoroughly incorporated. Add the acid agent (either cream of tartar or vinegar), the water, and how much food coloring you'd like. You could also opt for a packet of Koolaid, but who would waste that good stuff?! Stir the mixture until it's relatively lump free. The color should be a few shades lighter than you want the final product as it will darker significantly during cooking. Over med-low heat, with a strong wooden spoon, stir the mixture constantly, scraping the bottom and sides as you would scrambled eggs. It will clump similar to how eggs would, eventually forming a large solid mass or masses. If you see any milky or wet parts, turn the piece so it rests on the bottom of the pan for about 20 seconds. Once all the liquid is gone, turn off the heat. This takes 3-5 minutes. Plop the playdough onto a lightly floured surface. After giving the dough a few minutes to cool, knead until it feels silky and smooth like playdough and there's no more flour visible.

Enjoy a few moments of peace while your kids play with their new creations!

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