Hummingbirds are beautiful creatures and fun to watch but I don’t like having to boil the nectar. From what I have read it is important to cook it so that any bacteria that might be present in the water is killed. I know you can buy it already made but the frugal person in me won’t allow that. Fortunately, I came up with an easier way to make it. All you need is water, sugar, and a handy dandy coffee maker.
A common ratio of water to sugar is 4:1. For my feeders I pour 2 cups water into the coffee maker and place 1/2 cup sugar in the glass carafe. Turn on the coffee maker and it will do the rest. Once the water has dripped into the carafe simply stir until the sugar is dissolved. Let it cool and pour it into a clean feeder. That’s it. Easy Peasy.
Now I know the coffee pot does not boil the water but it does heat it to steaming. I have had hummers at the feeders all summer so not boiling the water doesn’t seem to be an issue.
As a side note…Do not add red food coloring to the water. There is some evidence that it can cause birth defects in the babies.
I usually just use fruit in my milk kefir smoothies but on the weekend it is nice to do something out of the ordinary and have a special treat. A while back I adapted a chocolate smoothie recipe and made it with milk kefir. It was okay but nothing special. Today a friend was asking for smoothie recipes that her kids would be more willing to drink so I drug out the recipe and tweaked it. So here is the new and improved recipe and it is pretty tasty if I do say so myself. This recipe is for two servings.
1 C milk kefir
2 t vanilla
2 t cocoa
Place all ingredients in a glass jar and blend with a stick blender and blend until smooth. Serve in your favorite glass and enjoy. It can also be blended in a food processer, Magic Bullet, Ninja, etc. For a Mexican twist add 1/4 t cinnamon. I like to add almond slivers and eat it with a spoon.
There are those who claim microwaving food removes the nutrition from food and question the safety of eating microwaved food. Others staunchly disagree. I have no idea which is right. For those that want to avoid microwaving food or just don’t have a microwave to thaw their food here is another option. It isn’t as quick as a microwave but is much faster than sitting it on the counter to thaw. Do not do this with any meat that has instructions to thaw in the refrigerator such as turkey.
Place frozen meat inside a clean zippered plastic bag. Place the bag in a pan of very hot water. Check it every 15 minutes or so. Turn the bag as needed. Replace the hot water as it cools. Do not leave in water longer than 60 minutes before cooking or placing back in the refrigerator.
2 drops red food coloring, 3 drops yellow food coloring
Stir all of the above ingredients together and place in a sauce pan. Heat mixture until it boils. Turn off burner. Mix 3 T cornstarch and ¼ C water together. Add to mixture in sauce pan. Stir until thickens.
This recipe only takes a few minutes to make, is cheaper, tastes better and has fewer chemicals than the store bought versions. If you know how to make jelly, you can make a large batch of it and can it just as you would jelly.
Thanks for visiting. Have a healthy and frugal day.