Homemade Playdough — I’ve found the secret!




And the secret is WINE!

Yup, who’d have thought. I’ve made lots of homemade playdough these past few years, but I never put much thought in to it. Sure, lots of recipes called for cream of tarter, but who has that? I just left it out and added extra salt. Well, guess what, scientists! Cream of tarter is the secret to silky soft, smooth playdough (that and NOT TOO MUCH SALT!)

Cream of tarter, or potassium bitartrate, is a byproduct of winemaking. The cream of tarter is what helps thicken up the playdough (rather than adding more salt as I had been doing.)

So, it is true — wine makes me a better mom!

Here’s the recipe:

1 C Flour
1 C Water
1/4 C Salt
1 TBSP Vegetable Oil
2 tsp Cream of Tarter

(add food coloring — which we did — or a packet of koolaid for scented and colorful playdough)

mix together and then heat on the stove until it thickens up

then kneed the squishy warm dough some more — it’s very soothing!

One recipe made enough for three colors, each filling a Gerber Applesauce container (which I admit I bought for a fun snack that would give us a handy container for our playdough.)