Sunday, July 16, 2006

April's Playdough Recipe

This is from a mom in Tri-Cities whose blog I LOVE - read it religiously. I'm super excited to try this out!

The best playdough recipe EVER.
(because I say so.)
2 C. Flour
4 tsp Cream of Tartar
1 C. Salt
2-4 packages of kool-aid (depending on how deep you want the color. I normally use 4 no matter what color I make)

Stir ingredients together in a large pot. Turn stove on medium high and add:
2 C. Water
2 T. Oil (I usually use Canola)
Use a whip to make sure you have all the major flour lumps out, and all the flour from the edges stirred in. Switch to a heavy heat-proof scraper or a wooden spoon and start stirring. DO NOT STOP! It will start to stick on the bottom, and you want to get up as much as you can and continue to turn it over. As it cooks it will go from glossy to matte, and you want to try and get the glossy parts down by the heat when you're stirring. Once it forms a nice ball smash it down to make sure there are no more sticky parts inside and then dump it on a counter. This will take (depending on the stove and pot) anywhere from 5-10 minutes.
Knead until cool.

This playdough keeps FOREVER, store in a ziplock bag. The kool-aid once mixed in and cooked doesn't stain hands or clothes, and it gives the dough a great smell. We usually throw it out every 2-3 months or when the boys want a new color, but it doesn't mold and doesn't get sticky if kept a LOT longer than that. (I know because I just found a few bags from BEFORE we moved almost 2 years ago in a box downstairs! Perfectly good still!)
Anyway. Always keep these ingredients on hand. They are cheap, and everyone gets a good "AHHH" when the water hits the flour and color appears. It's jolly good fun.

Thanks April!!!

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