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!

21 comments:

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

    Jodie :)

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  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!

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  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.

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  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!

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