Recipe of the Week: Wild Bird’s Seed Wreath

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp. corn syrup
1 package of plain Knox gelatin
4 cups gourmet birdseed mix
Round Cake mold
Pam Spray
Dried fruits, (naturally dried, not the kind coated with sugar) berries, raw nuts, raisins, or anything else the birds enjoy.

Floral wire, cardboard, scissors, sauce pan, wooden spoon

Here is a seed wreath recipe which uses gelatin instead of  fat as a binder to hold it together. These wreaths will work in warm weather because they won’t melt or turn rancid. You can also collect everything that a wild bird would eat. While hiking, or weeding your garden look for vines of wild grapes, bittersweet, privet berries on the hedges, millet grass and the seed heads on weeds. If you grow sunflowers, zinnias and ornamental grasses those will shortly be going to seed.

Combine the unflavored gelatin and 1/2 cup of water in a pan over low heat. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Add the corn syrup and stir in. Then add 4 cups of any combination of seeds the birds in your yard like. Try half and half of black oil sunflower and giant sunflower seeds. Or a gourmet mixture that has a variety of colorful and nutritious seeds. Peanuts and peanut butter can be harmful for some birds so don’t use them.

Mix well, until all seeds are coated with gelatin mixture. Use a cake mold in a wreath shape that has a hole in the center. Pack the mixture firmly into the mold tightly, lightly sprayed with the Pam, and chill until solid over night. Cut out the cardboard to the same size and shape as the mold. Flip the seed wreath onto your cardboard and tie it securely with floral wire. Make a loop for the top to hang it. You can set it up against a fence, a wall, the side of the house or barn to secure it. Then get your camera ready for when the birds, and probably a few squirrels come to nibble on it.
~MASH Geek

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