Monday, April 21, 2008

what's with the cream of tartar?

Cream of Tartar, originally uploaded by Cinara's Place.

I just wanted to do a wee bit of clarification for you folks out there who want to whip up a batch of play dough but don't have any cream of tartar.

Guess what? You don't need it! Adding cream of tartar to your play dough assists it a wee bit in adding volume and elasticity, and it acts as a preservative so that you can keep it around for a week or so as long as you store it in a sealed container in a cool, dry place (there is all kinds of science involved but I want to make dough NOW). Other than that, yer play dough is just find without it (though it might be a smidge grainy). So, go ahead, make some dough and have at it!**

**if your dough is on the sticky-side, add a little more flour, one tablespoon at a time and knead it in until you get a consistency you like. Doughs that are cooked on the stovetop tend to be top notch but a hot water dough or a simple flour and salt dough are easy to make. To skip the worry over cream of tartar all together, whip up a batch of cornstarch clay, the texture is fantastic!


  1. Thanks for the info on the cream of tarter... I always wondered what it was for..

    Jodie :)

  2. Cream of tartar can be pricey at a regular supermarket, but you can buy bulk cream of tartar for a fraction of the price at your local health food store, or green market!

  3. Thank you for giving me this persmission. I'm always backing away from playdough recipes due to lack of the cream.

    BTW, love your blog.

  4. I didn't even know you could use cream of tartar as a preservative!

    I also didn't know you had a kids blog -- I'm enjoying it!