Last week I mentioned that we were moving and needed to clean out the refrigerator. While cleaning out the fridge, I found a jar of beets waaaay in the back that I had forgotten I had! I was unsure of the age of the beets, so I threw the last two out, but I was left with a cup of beet juice. I have seen how well it stains my clothes in the past, so I wanted to try to use it as a dye. Looking over the rest of the ingredients I had in my kitchen to use up before we moved, I spotted flour, salt, sugar and other pantry staples and was immediately taken back to my childhood to when we used to make our own homemade play doh. I did a quick google search for some recipes, but most took cream of tartar – something I (surprisingly) do not have in my baking cabinet. Another quick google search revealed that I could use vinegar (at 3 times the amount) in it’s place. So I decided to make my own all natural play doh recipe – no cream of tartar and no artificial coloring. Instead, I would use the beet juice to make it a gorgeous shade of purple.
The recipe couldn’t be easier – you will need the following:
1 cup of flour
1 cup of colored liquid (I used beet juice, but experiment with other fruit/veggie juices for different colors)
1/4 cup of salt
3 T. white vinegar
1 T. vegetable oil
Combine all ingredients into a small saucepan and stir constantly over medium heat. After a few minutes it will begin to lump together- Keep stirring! When it has combined into one ball, remove from pan and knead on a hard surface until smooth.
Store dough in an airtight container (I put mine in a Mason jar, but I’m sure if you have kids you’ll want something plastic!). From what I remember as a child, the dough lasted months if kept airtight, and I’m sure the same will hold true for this all natural version, even with the beet juice.
What do you think of this easy recipe? I’m a 30 year old woman (with no kids!) and I still had a blast making/playing with this! If you experiment with other juices to get different colors, let me know in the comments- I’d love to hear your results!
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