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DIY Wild Bird Treats (with NO corn syrup)

Prep Time20 mins
Freezing Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • Kettle
  • Spatula
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wide mouth mason jar lid rings (or other moulds)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Popsicle stick
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Measuring spoons

Ingredients

  • ¼ Cup Cold tap water
  • 1 Pkg Gelatin (I used Knox brand)
  • ¼ Cup Boiling water
  • 1 Cup Wild bird seed
  • ½ Cup Black oiled sunflower seeds

Instructions

  • Fill up your kettle and set it to boil
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Pour ¼ cup of cold water into a large mixing bowl and sprinkle the gelatin powder on top.
  • Then pour in ¼ cup of boiling water into the mixing bowl and stir constantly for 2 minutes.
  • Once the 2 minutes is up, go ahead and add your seeds and give it a stir.
  • The mixture can be a bit runny, so pop it in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  • When the mixture isn't runny anymore, fill your mason jar lids on the cookie sheet.
  • Using a popsicle stick, make a hole in each treat. Make sure not to go too close to the edge so that there is enough material to support the weight on the treat when you hang it. If in doubt, just make the hole in the center.
  • Then pop the cookie sheet into the freezer for about 2-3 hours.
  • Once the treats are completely frozen, run a butter knife around the edge of the mas jar lid and pop them out.
  • Thread the twine or ribbon through the hole and tie it in a knot.
  • Place these wild bird treats outside when the temperature is consistently below freezing.