Updated: Apr 4, 2019
So, many moons ago when I worked in child care, I thought I knew all there was to know about making the old homemade playdough. I mean there wasn't really that much to it, I followed my trusty McKenzies Cream of Tartar recipe, chucked it all into a pot and stirred until my arm nearly dropped off and/or the bottom of the pot started burning! Although I'm absolutely not a cook (I'm an eater not a cooker!) I was adamant that the dough mix must be cooked. Keep it old-school people, why change an old classic if it's working for ya! All of these no-cook recipes popping up all over the place and yet none of them eva came out as soft and doughy as my old-school cooked dough, that's for sure!
Yadda yadda yadda ... years later I found myself a stay-at-home mum to 2 playdough-loving girls, running this little business and selling playdough kits as a bit of a side hustle - making batches of playdough on the daily became the norm and my arms and pots were suffering big time....
Then one day I found it! The answers to all of my playdough problems and the best way to make large batches of the good stuff, and guess what?! Time to eat humble pie and move with the times folks .... NO COOK, no stir, no burning pots.....it's revolutionary and I cant believe it took me so long to figure it out. The secret is ... drum roll please ... a mixer!
So do yourself a favour and try this out, it won't disappoint!
- 8 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
- 2 cups of cooking salt
- 1/3 cup of cream of tartar
- 7 cups of boiling hot water
- food colouring
- put all of the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl (kitchen aid)
- add oil
- add in the boiling water bit by bit and mix on high for a couple of minutes, then slow the speed down for another few minutes until the dough is the right texture. If too sticky add flour, if too dry add water. I used the dough hook which worked a treat but I'm sure the bread blade would be good too.