photo by Jem Stone

photo by Jem Stone

Here’s something fun for the kids today: a homemade playdough recipe using common food ingredients. It’s technically edible, although not recommended due to a high salt content.

My friend Amy swears by this recipe, and I watched her whip it up in minutes while her children waited, rolling pins and cookie cutters in hand. It’s quick, inexpensive, and you probably have everything you need in your cupboard, (except for cream of tartar, which I only use in baking, but you can find it with the spices in any grocery store.)

It makes a huge batch. You can divide it up amongst the children, who can each pick their own color, and the cream of tartar keeps the playdough soft and pliable for them to enjoy during many a rainy day or play time while mom chops vegetables.

Best Ever Playdough

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 cups water
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
Food coloring of your choice

Mix all ingredients in saucepan until soft. Heat on low, mixing with spatula until stiff. Remove, divide if desired, and knead in color. Store in an airtight container.


Coming up next week…ways to eat less meat.