вторник, 11 ноября 2014 г.

A birdseed ornament hangs on a bare branch.

A birdseed ornament hangs on a bare branch.

A birdseed ornament hangs on a bare branch.

I feel like this ingredient list, while clever, was not thought out. The

compilation alone consists of many ingredients that do not occur

naturally in a bird's diet. Most of these known for its harmful effect on the

human body, this can imaginably be detrimental to a bird's health. If

any food is not associated with the bird's diet, it should not be

considered. Cool idea, but I think this can be reconstructed in a safer


Agreed: birds do not eat pig & cow hoves, nor should they be fed corn syrup. Wheat flour is not particularly healthy for them, either. I pity the poor birds who eat these toxic treats :(

I agree. I've made bird feeder ornaments before, but we used just a touch of low sodium, low fat peanut butter to mix with the bird seed, then spread the mixture on pinecones, and then hung them up. Still a tad fattening/unnatural for birds to have PB, but I figure it's the winter and they need to bulk up anyway!

it should be easy enough to make a seed butter with a decent food processor. maybe add a bit of suet to it for a better hold on the pinecone. i'll have to add that to my things to try list.

I made these with my daughter. She loved it, but something to consider: If it rains, they will completely disintegrate. I hadn't really considered that, and it rained pretty hard the day after we hung them all over our yard and we were left with twine hanging everywhere, and a yard full of seeds.

I just made these. I have a feeling they might not hold up too well. I don't have time to remake them before giving them out. However, some quick tips. The smaller the cookie cutter, the better. The hole needs to be more in the center of the ornament. And if anyone knows how to make these where they just plain hold together better, that will help. By all means do NOT use a large cookie cutter. Then you end up with the equivalent of a suet block that's too heavy to hold up on the twine. Obviously it will all still be eaten, albeit on the ground!

The recipe is missing an entire important step. The liquids have to be heated up almost to a boil before adding the flour to it.

Adorable birdseed ornaments are an inexpensive activity the whole family can enjoy making on a lazy weekend afternoon. The kids will have a ball making them, and the birds will enjoy eating them. It doesn’t get any better than that. Make the birdseed ornaments during the winter months to decorate naked trees, or whip up a few batches and give them as hostess gifts around the holidays.

Things You'll Need

4 cups birdseed

3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup water

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

3 tablespoons corn syrup

Cookie cutters

Cookie sheet

Parchment paper

Cooking spray

2 straws


Step 1

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, water, corn syrup and gelatin to form a smooth paste.

Step 2

Slowly add the birdseed to the paste and combine until the birdseed is fully coated.

Step 3

Place the cookie cutters on a parchment paper-lined pan and coat the cookie cutters with cooking spray. Spoon the birdseed mixture into the cookie cutters. Press the mixture down firmly with the back on the spoon to pack the mixture into the cookie cutters as tight as possible.

Step 4

Cut straws into 3-inch segments and press the straw into the top one-fourth of the birdseed-filled cookie cutter. Make sure the hole goes all the way through the mixture. Leave the straw in the ornament and allow to dry for 3 to 4 hours.

Step 5

Once the birdseed ornaments have dried, take out the straw and carefully remove the ornaments from the cookie cutters. Allow to harden overnight.

Step 6

Once the ornaments are fully dry, run a piece of twine through the hole at the top of the ornament. Hang the completed ornament in a tree for the birds to enjoy

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