Wednesday, June 6, 2012

How to Make Hummingbird Food

One of my favorite things about summertime is the return of the hummingbirds.

Also, milkshakes.

They are so tiny and cute and ... tiny (the birds, not the milkshakes).

Here at Chez Walker, we make our own hummingbird food. It's super quick, super easy and super cheap.

All you do is place one part white granulated sugar to four parts water in a saucepan. I usually do one cup of sugar and four cups of water (you can refrigerate any leftovers. I recommend labeling it, though, or certain persons might think it's some sort of magic Kool-Aid ... )

Boil the mixture on high heat until the sugar dissolves (five or so minutes), then turn it off and let it cool completely before filling the feeder. Some people like to add food coloring, but since I prefer my food with as few artificial dyes as possible, I assume the hummingbirds do, too. Even clear, it does a great job of attracting the wee little birdies.

Also, it is really hard to take a not-crappy picture of a hummingbird while eating a peanut butter sandwich.

Keep that little nugget of wisdom for future reference.

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