Pink Playdough using Beet Juice

Fall is here, so instead of playing outside all day, we are spending more time inside. It must be time to make some fresh playdough! I’ve made playdough for years and used to just add the regular food-coloring dye to make all different colors. But after learning that the food-coloring dye can be harmful, we having been using other methods to make our colors, like beet juice!

When my friend was canning pickled beets last spring, she saved me her beet juice. Weird? Yes, to some. But to me, awesome! I can use this as a safe coloring for food and playdough! I just froze the juice in ice cube trays and then popped them out into a Ziploc bag to go back in the freezer. I can just grab a couple of cubes whenever I need some nice coloring.

How to make playdough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose white flour – we don’t use our nice grinded wheat flour, just the plain flour you buy in the store.
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. cream of tartar – sometimes I’ve left this out, but I end up with a sticky ball, rather than a nice, smooth, elastic ball of playdough
  • 1/4 cup beet juice – three ice cubes

If you don’t want pink playdough, don’t add the beet juice and add a total of 2 cups of water instead. You’ll end up with a nice white playdough instead!

Bring your water and beet juice to a boil over medium heat.

Add flour, salt, oil and cream of tartar.

Continue to heat on low-medium and mix it, mix it, mix it!

Just keep mixing! It gets a little tough, but just keep mixing and keep it on low-medium heat.

Once it forms a nice ball, take it out and let it cool on the counter for a couple of minutes.

Then knead it together for a minute or so until you get a nice ball of playdough!

Time to bust out the playdough tools and have some fun!

Store the playdough in an air-tight container and it should last a few weeks!




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